Vic Firth Video Lesson Series
Concert Bass Drum with Tom Gauger

Tom Gauger has played percussion with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops Orchestras for over 35 years and has also served on the faculty at Boston University and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. In this series of video lessons, Tom breaks down a few of the basic skills necessary for playing the concert bass drum.

In addition to these lessons, be sure to check out Tom's series of signature bass drum mallets! In the video clips that accompany each of his products, Tom demonstrates how each mallet was designed to achieve a specific sound, and how best to use the mallets within various musical circumstances.

Lesson #1: The Playing Position
Lesson #2: The Proper Beating Area
Lesson #3: The Stroke
Lesson #4: Dampening Techniques
Lesson #5: Playing Rolls
Lesson #6: Tuning the Concert Bass Drum


TOM GAUGER SERIES BASS DRUM MALLETS

Tom Gauger developed his line of mallets during his 35+ year career with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops Orchestras and as an educator at Boston University and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Each product was developed on the job and for the job, designed to solve a technical problem or achieve a desired sound.

Find out about Tom's background and the development process behind his series of signature bass drum mallets:
Tom makes his recommendations about where to begin when purchasing a set of his signature bass drum mallets:
Tom Gauger -- General
Perfect for all purpose playing. Articulate‚ but not too hard.
Head = 2 3/4" | L = 16 3/16"
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Tom Gauger -- Legato
Special felt core produces subtle‚ dark sounds with good articulation.
Head = 3" | L = 16 3/16"
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Tom Gauger -- Molto
Unique oval design provides weight for fullness of sound at all dynamic levels.
Head = 2 3.4" | L = 16 1/2"
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Tom Gauger -- Rollers
Rolling mallets with felt cores offer plenty of weight for a full sound. Sold in pairs.
Head = 2 1/2" | L = 15 3/4"
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Tom Gauger -- Fortissimo
Designed for the Verdi Requiem‚ an ideal mallet for maximum volume.
Head = 2 13/16" | L = 16 3/8"
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Tom Gauger -- Ultra Staccato
With a wood core and chamois cover for maximum clarity.
Head = 2 11/32" | L = 16 1/8"
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Tom Gauger -- Staccato
Medium head for a full but articulate sound
Head = 2 3/14" | L = 16 3/16"
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Tom Gauger -- Chamois/Wood
This chamois/wood mallet is a must for The Rite of Spring. Sold in pairs.
Head = 1 1/2" and 1 3/8" | L = 15 1/4"
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Tom Gauger -- Double end
Designed for one handed rolls.
Head = 2 3/4" | L = 15 1/2"
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