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Old 08-08-2018, 05:29 PM   #1
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Default 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!

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Old 08-08-2018, 08:03 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 08-09-2018, 04:02 AM   #3
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Default 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?
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Old 08-09-2018, 06:49 AM   #4
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Default 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.


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Old 08-09-2018, 09:56 AM   #5
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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.
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Old 08-09-2018, 12:36 PM   #6
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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


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Old 09-25-2018, 06:07 AM   #7
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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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