Essential Bass Drum Techniques

Bass Drum Boot Camp

In this free drum lesson, Jared Falk shows you how to perform the two essential bass drum techniques behind most of the strokes you’ll be playing on the bass drum throughout the years to come. The techniques we’re talking about are heel-up and heel-down.

In order to develop these two techniques, we’ve included free drum lessons that you can use to work on speed, power and control with both a single and a double bass drum pedal. Check the free drum lesson “Beginner Single Pedal Bass Drum Speed” to work on developing your single bass drum technique. If you have a double pedal – meaning, a double bass drum pedal, two bass drums, or a single bass drum pedal/hi-hat pedal combination – you can use the free drum lesson “Double Bass Warm-Ups” to work on both of your feet.

Once you’ve watched this free video drum lesson, and if you’ve already learned how to hold the drumsticks properly, move on to the free drum lessons “How To Play Drums,” to learn how to play your first drum beat and drum fill, and “Seven Essential Drum Beats” for working on the most important drum beats you’ll ever learn. You can do so totally by ear or with the help of the provided sheet music.

If you’d like to keep exploring the world of bass drum technique, we encourage you to check the free drum lessons “Flat Foot Technique“, “Slide Technique“, and “Heel-Toe Technique“. Slide and heel-toe are two very popular bass drum techniques for playing fast double strokes with the feet. Flat foot is a great option if you’re searching for techniques to help you play fast single strokes with the feet.




  • Gregory asuh says:

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  • Drumlord420 says:

    Didn’t realize that this post was over 2 1/2 yrs. Old! I see you went with a Dominator…Good for you! Now, you should step up to the plate and sell that and buy a bigfoot! The extra $240 is WELL worth it!

  • Drumlord420 says:

    Dear Drums45,
    The BEST drum double bass drum pedal is the Trick pedals. They have three pedals the Pro1V, the Pro1V “BIGFOOT”, and the dominator (cheapest of the three). I play the BIGFOOT Longboard double pedal…
    The Pro1V and the BIGFOOT BOTH COST $879…The Dominator goes for $460.

    Check out their site at: Trickdrums.com

  • Em says:

    I can be a heel – up drummer or a heel – down drummer… thanks Jared!!!

  • Adidovski says:

    Am I supposed to be playing with shoes? Is there any inconvenience playing bare footed?

  • Drums45 says:

    Bass fishing!?*€#?? Really??? LMAO
    Anyhow, I bought myself the Tricks Pro 1- V2
    Detonator Double Bass Drum Pedal- WOW
    What a beautiful piece of equipment.
    I’ve been making subtle adjustments as
    I use/practice with it on my Roland T-9 (hard
    Plastic bass drum trigger pad). It’s sweet!
    No excuses now Lol!

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  • Drums45 says:

    Hi guys,
    I’ve started to learn double bass drum to my bag o tricks. I’m a 60 year old woman been playing for 48 years ( took a 20 year break to raise our kids) just retired and am back drumming again.
    Here’s my question. What’s a great double bass pedal?? I bought a cheapo one and now that I’m practicing daily and building technique it just can’t keep up.
    Regards from Pittsburgh, PA

  • Nihat says:

    David, I’m lkoiong to scrap my GWM mesh head drumset and build up an ION.Could you tell me what the sound/pitch level is compared to the GWM mesh heads?

  • Travis Rowland, Jr. says:

    Better jazz drumming than i thought… there should be world drumming lessons. w/ Jazz, Latin, Metal, and Pop

    • Dhickey says:

      I have been fishing for bass since I was a kid in the ’60 s and I still am lrnneiag, everytime I go to the tackle store there are more new lures than you can shake a fishin’ rod at. It is going to depend on what lake you are fishing, etc I would suggest looking online for the fishing reports for the lake you are going to be fishing and see what they are biting and where in the lake the main action is. If you are a novice and want to really catch fish there, hire you a local guide, that is the best way to learn what to do on any particular body of water, especially if you don’t have the time to learn yourself. A fine example is I live near three major bass impoundments, lake Euffalla (us georgia folks reffer to it as lake Walter F. George), lake Blackshear and lake Seminole, they are all within an hour drive or less from me, and fishing those three lakes are as different as night and day, one is shallow and full of hydrilla, one is deep with tons of structure, and one is crowded with homes and docks, and relatively shallow, they all require totally different methods of fishing most of the time. What I do to catch alot of fish at one will not work on the other two ..and never will, each lake has it’s own personality, it’s own character and so do the fish that reside in them. Good luck.

  • Mark Cullen says:

    Hi i already have the drumming system and tis really well done. Do you have lessons on Cajun grooves for the drum set thank you

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