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3D Piper 08-08-2018 05:29 PM

More than one bass..?
 
I am in a unique position where have four boys wanting to play bass drum..
What to do?
Set up two and take turns? Pursued three onto other drums?
We do not have a regular bass drummer right now so it is great to have this problem!

-Matthew

el gaitero 08-08-2018 08:03 PM

Re: More than one bass..?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by 3D Piper (Post 1329950)
I am in a unique position where have four boys wanting to play bass drum..
What to do?
Set up two and take turns? Pursued three onto other drums?
We do not have a regular bass drummer right now so it is great to have this problem!

-Matthew

Decide which is #1 and make him top gun. #2 is designated alternate. 3&4 can try again another time ...play snare or carry a flag meanwhile. Theres only 1 BD. Get competent BD coaching for all.

David 08-09-2018 04:02 AM

Re: More than one bass..?
 
Was there not some experimentation with two bass drums in bands, at least some kind of attempt, a few years back?

Tom MacKenzie 08-09-2018 06:49 AM

Re: More than one bass..?
 
Toronto Police did play with two bass drummers. One bass was larger than the other.


The Spirit of Scotland Version 1 played with a small bass drum turned on its side, like a tenor drum.


tomm

CalumII 08-09-2018 09:56 AM

Re: More than one bass..?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by David (Post 1329962)
Was there not some experimentation with two bass drums in bands, at least some kind of attempt, a few years back?


It's been done a few times over the years. I think it makes a lot of sense to have an A and a G drum.

Tom MacKenzie 08-09-2018 12:36 PM

Re: More than one bass..?
 
Toronto Police did play with two bass drummers. One bass was larger than the other. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pBpUqL7LiU

The Spirit of Scotland Version 1 played with a small bass drum turned on its side, like a tenor drum. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9ltT_9rbQw at 1:45

Bagad bands play with six bass drums! See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99tTBAVHArI


tomm

pancelticpiper 09-25-2018 06:07 AM

Re: More than one bass..?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by CalumII (Post 1329969)
I think it makes a lot of sense to have an A and a G drum.

I would like to hear that, if anyone can link to a video.

Bass drums tuned to Bb and Ab, in ordinary music terms. So many Highland pipe tunes are based around that "A-G-A" chord progression.

I would think, though, that it would be more likely to have the basses tuned to Bb and F (tonic and dominant in ordinary music).

Or to Bb and Eb, to help out with all the tunes in the key of "D".


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