Below is a great exercise written by our teacher Jack Hill that will help you develop your bass drum independence. It works by shifting a single bass drum note by one 16th note (a semiquaver) each bar. Repeat each bar until it feels comfortable to play :)
Spend a bit of extra time on the bars where the kick drum is between hi-hat notes. These are harder to play!
Make sure your hand technique doesn’t alter when playing different bars. Your hands should stay the same no matter where the kick is.
Check your balance and try to not wobble on the stool when moving the kick around.
Download a PDF of the exercise by clicking on the file below.