Beginner Single Pedal Bass Drum Speed

Bass Drum Boot Camp

Getting faster with the bass drum foot is a matter of how much time you spend improving your pedal technique with the right set of exercises and tips. In this free video drum lesson, Jared Falk teaches you three exercises that are great for working on your bass drum speed with either heel-up or heel-down playing. He also shares some important tips on foot technique and methods for practicing the exercises accurately. These exercises can be used with each foot individually so you can improve your double bass drumming chops as well. Remember that you’re as fast as your slowest foot.

This free drum lesson is a resource of exercises and tips for beginner students. However, even intermediate and advanced students can benefit from it. You can easily transform these exercises into more challenging ones by increasing the speed at what you play them. You can use them to work on your independence by going through them while playing various combinations of snare drum and hi-hat patterns as well. This way, you’ll be working on your bass drum speed at the same time as you develop independence.

Dave Atkinson, from the DrumLessons.com team of instructors, shares cool tips and tricks that will help you on your quest to increase bass drum speed, in the free drum lesson “Double Bass Speed Tips“. The tips are directed to double bass drummers but are extremely useful to single bass drummers as well.

The patterns featured herein develop your ability to play a continuous stream of single strokes. As you work through them, focus on keeping the strokes consistent. If you’re interested in developing double and even triple strokes with your feet, check the free drum lesson “Intermediate Single Pedal Bass Drum Speed” next.


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  • Gary Lee Boose says:

    Very good lessons. Thank you!

  • russ Lindahl says:

    your lessons are above all others thank you

  • viktor roll says:

    hey bro, u are a real inspiration to me. we feel ur beats here in nigeria

  • david says:

    jared i am one of your fan i hope you will be the best drum teacher in the world and i am a beginner so i need great help from you

  • djabthrash says:

    the pdf file available for download right now doesn’t seem to be the right one…
    could you please upload the right one ?

  • Lars says:

    I also need to practice for the independence of the right hand and the basedrum … it’s a little tricky for me 🙂

  • sara says:

    😀 so helpful 😀

  • Bjorn says:

    hay. tanx for all the videos, it helps alot!!!!

  • Stephen Maynard says:

    This is an amazing resource. I just bought my son a drum kit and we’re practicing together along with the video instruction. Thanks!

  • Jay says:

    thank’s for the free drum lesson..hope more lesson to come….

  • George says:

    Agree with jmmr, this site is the best!!! I’ve learned a lot of techniques, I’m in class of drums in my city but sometimes we need more examples and more time to improve the drumming.

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  • Jonathan says:

    Awesome! all of your vids are great, Jared!!! this one really explains things, just like the rest of them.

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  • paul says:

    The lessons are so great keep it up Falk.

  • Denzel Mitchell says:

    What technique would you rather use the flat foot or the slide?

  • Juan Fernando says:

    Can you please post a video that we can use to develop independence between our right hand a right foot? For different speeds on each one. Thanks…

  • Valdis says:

    I can’t open the PDF file. Can you help me?

  • Greg Patterson says:

    This is a great technique. Colin Bailey is the best at single pedal chops. His system is great.

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  • Alberto Rizzone says:

    Jared Thks a lot could you include technique to develop double and triple strokes on single pedal bass drum?

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  • Nanis says:

    simple and effective! i’m going to include this in my routine with both feet.

    • Murat says:

      Question: I am torn between gettnig a 4 or 5 string Bass. I have played 6 string guitar for decades. Players I know use a 4 string and say that they tried a 5 string and the B-string just gets in the way .You play the 5 string, so what should I consider when making my decision? I love the deep sounds of the B-string, but wonder if that is the right reason for a 5 string.Thanks,Chuck

  • Rafael Chavarria says:

    Great exercise to practice with both feet, thanx Jared!

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    • Fey says:

      Jonathan,thanks your DVD has helped me a lot, hoeewvr I am still having problems finding notes on the upper range of my bass. I am studying your system Do you have any suggestions?Also I have been playing a long time the wrong way and am not trying to us the economy of movement . I can’t seem to keep the fingers down on the fretboard. Any suggestions??Skip

  • Andrew says:

    Do you guys have any lessons on developing hand independence? I’m primarily a right handed drummer, but I’d like to be able to keep time with my left hand and have right hand independence as well.

  • Nick Needham says:

    Thank you So much for the lessons! You guys have help me grow into a way better drummer then what I was before I found your website. Also what drum heads do you use, I love how “warm” they sound?

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  • Suilma says:

    hey jared thanks a lot! seriously thanks to u now im playin in a band of pure girls just being 16 yrs old,…

  • Vince says:

    Hi Jared
    Great lesson. The site is performing on my pc much better too.
    My tip for newbies is to bring the speed up slowly but in steps. Just like you pick the speed using the metro. Some of us have a built in metro in our heads but I know many don’t and need the external metro to ensure they stay in time. My observations have seen those that use sliding up gradually rather than stepping up gradually tend to suffer later with timing issues. There is always exceptions what do you think?
    best wishes

  • Gio says:

    How can i get these new lessons emailed to me? Cuz im registered to freedrumlessons.com but will i also get updates from this site?

    • Marah says:

      Hey John,I’m torn between using a pclterum and just trying to use the two finger method. I’ve played mostly 6 and 12 string acoustic using thumb and three fingers to pick the strings but I find I can’t match the speed required to play the Metal style required by my current band. Is there a practice drill I can use to improve my speed using the two finger method of playing?Ps I have an identical five string to the one you are using in your demo.Cheers Kev.

  • Honorio Perez says:

    Hey Jared! thanks for this lesson, I am a double bass player, and I find this usefull to develop speed and control in my left foot, because I really consider its weak, this will help me to level my left foot with my right foot, Thanks Again!!

    Honorio From Mexico

  • Karl says:

    Thanks for the free lesson. Are there any past lessons that deal with separating your hands and feet? My problem is that my right hand wants to speed up with my right foot and it is driving me crazy!!! Thanks Jared.

    • Vince says:

      Hi Karl
      If you just practice slowly at first and bring just one limb into action at a time. Once you get each limb coming in on time then bring the next limb in and repeat the process. Remember the secret is to start slowly and build it up. Try not to rush your progress, you may think you are saving time but you will be wasting a lot more trying to correct it later. If you follow the instructions in Jared’s video by starting slowly the speed will come.
      happy drumming
      best wishes
      PS Don’t worry about being driven crazy, to be a drummer it is a prerequisite.:)

  • Karl says:

    Thanks for the free lesson. Are there any past lessons that deal with separating your hands and feet lol? My problem is that my right hand wants to speed up with my right foot and it is driving me crazy!!! Thanks Jared.

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  • Jared Falk says:

    Hey everyone! Please leave me your questions and comments on this lesson. I’d love to chat more with you.

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