Audio: Tommy Aldridge on Playing Double-Bass Drums (1982)

SKF NOTE: This cassette, from my stint as Managing Editor at Modern Drummer, seems to have been a tape I used, circa 1982, for interview follow-ups with drummers. Tommy Aldridge, James Black, Bob DiSalle, Max Roach, Carolyn Brandy, and, I think, photographer Kirk West are all on this 90-minute tape. Plus there’s a snippet of someone (unidentified) playing drums, and a 8-bars of a song idea I recorded on nylon string guitar.

Tommy Aldridge and I were speaking through a land line in my office. I was taping our conversation using my Radio Shack suction cup mic and an inexpensive cassette recorder. I had a few letters from MD readers with questions for Tommy. Tommy’s answers here were, I’m sure, transcribed, edited, and published in MD as part of an Ask A Pro column.

The recording quality is okay. Tommy was recorded at very low volume, which I’ve boosted on this excerpt. The first reader asks if Tommy has tips for exercise on playing double-bass drums. “Everybody asks me that question,” Tommy says, and that part of his answer is a bit garbled here.

Also, at around 1:15 on this audiofile, Tommy, cites the song, Wipeout as a good double-bass drumming exercise. The song title is very soft on this tape.

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