The talented drummer of Deep Purple, Ian Paice, made a recent Question & Answer session on the YouTube channel of earMUSIC and answered lots of questions from his top advice to the newcomers to not using double-bass drums.
As you will read his statements below, Ian stated that he was using double-bass drums back in 1971. After growing up, he decided that things did not work well with it, and he decided not to use them ever.
Here is his recommendation to the newbies:
“Just – don’t expect anything from your music other than to enjoy it. Surely, that’s why you pick up an instrument in the first place.
“Whether it’s to strum a guitar, play the piano, or bang a drum kit… it makes you happy. If something else happens along the way and it becomes more than just a hobby, embrace it, respect it, but don’t expect it.
“If it comes along, it’ll come along because you’ve earned it, and that comes only because you believe in what you’re doing.”
And here is what he said about not using double-bass drums:
“The only time I ever really did it was on [1971’s] ‘Fireball’ because it added something to the track… The way the riff rolled along, it needed that power of two kicks.
When I was growing up, the only guy who actually used two bass drums that I knew about was the wonderful Louie Bellson, and even he had not really what you’d call mastered it.
There are some wonderful young drummers around these days who’ve got the two-bass-drum thing down to an incredibly-fine art, but I’ve always preferred to have to think in patterns.
Sometimes, with the bass drums, it’s not where you put the note, it’s where you don’t put the note, and that makes it work. So, thank you for the question, and there’s your answer.”
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