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Bass Drum Independence: 16th Note Permutations

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.

16th Note Kick Permutations - Backbone Drum School
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