By Glen Sobel | From DRUM! Magazine’s June 2017 Issue

In my last lesson, “Double-Triple Bass” in the December 2016 issue, I introduced the concept of inserting a double bass three-stroke ruff into basic double bass sixteenth-note beats and patterns. Continuing that idea, we’ll deal with double-time double-bass grooves.


Start with a basic groove using your hands and right foot only. The right hand can play the ride cymbal or a second hi-hat (Ex. 1).


In Ex. 2, beat 3 in the second bar adds a note for the left foot, the second eighth-note in the triplet figure, turning beat 3 into a three-stroke ruff.


In Ex. 3, adding more notes with the left foot fills in the eighth-notes.


Ex. 4 is the same as Ex. 3, but notice that the left foot plays the & of beat 4 in the second bar.

Sobel-JUNE17-WEB-EX5The groove shifts into double time in Ex. 5, going from eighth-notes to sixteenth-notes, with two three-stroke ruff s in the same measure.


Finally, the three-stroke ruffs can be played on every beat (Ex. 6). Try it out!

See you next time.

Glen Sobel plays with Alice Cooper. Other credits include Paul Gilbert, Sixx: A.M., Richie Sambora, Orianthi, Tony MacAlpine, Cypress Hill, and Vivian Campbell. When in L.A., Glen plays sessions, teaches at Musician’s Institute, and does clinics for DW Drums, Sabian, and Regal Tip. For more, visit