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Old 01-17-2007, 12:21 AM
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Foot Technique


I was wondering what you guys use for foot technique...

I use the heel-up technique that seems to work just fine for me but what technique do you use?

And if when you do double bass what method do you use?

EX: heel-up, flat-foot, heel-toe, etc.
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Old 01-17-2007, 05:39 PM
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Heel up. I'm trying to learn heel-toe, but it's bloody hard.
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Old 01-20-2007, 05:06 AM
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Heel up. I'm trying to learn heel-toe, but it's bloody hard.
I hear you there man!! i will wait till i get some axis longboards before i try any harder on it..
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Old 01-31-2007, 06:24 PM
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I find myself switching back and forth between heel up, and heel down. I use heel up when I really want the bass drum to stand out and be heard, but most of the time (I play in church in a relatively small sanctuary) I'm trying to play soft, and I find it easier for me to play softer using the heal down technique. I'm also findling out that heel up seems to work better when I'm trying to play really fast. Anyone else out there switch back and forth? I'm relatively new to this, should I stick to one way or the other?
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Old 02-01-2007, 01:49 AM
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I play with a sort of low heel up position, and will swich to heel down for the rare infrequent ocaiosions that I play softly. I always use heel up for the hi hat though. Yes it seems to be a good idea to swich back and fourth. I think I read on drum guru or something like that that Practicing both styles will help your speed, power and controll at whatever style you end up using the most.
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Old 02-23-2007, 03:41 AM
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Bit of both. I have modified my Eliminator pedal so it has no heel plate. A modification Joe Morello did which makes better use of the pedal plate. The great instructional for heel toe is the step by step Hal leonard DVD " Bass Drum and Hi Hat technique" by Michael Packer.
It is similar to the Joe Morello Moeller technique. The Steve Smith DVD also good showing the motions.
Many play off the head and many into it, i use both as the song demands, prefering the fat thump of playing into it, but for speed you need to let the batter head do the work.
The Colin Bailey book is also good with a very good explaination of his technique and how he gets his power and speed with little effort. I use his technique where leg does prime notes and ankles do rest with ball of foot lightly on the pedal sweet spot.

For a great foot and head work out, Tiger Bill Maligari has an excellent book called "Double Drumming", i can highly recommend.Available from his web site.

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Old 02-23-2007, 04:01 AM
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You da man mouse!
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Old 02-27-2007, 02:40 AM
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I tend to think that the method you choose should be very dependent on the type of music you are playing. If you are playing a soft ballad or jazz, heel down gives far more fine control. If you need power then heel up with the power & weight will help bring it on. Simply curling your toes as you play the bass will add an amazing amount of drive and punch. These techniques apply to the hi-hat as well. Bottom line-LEARN TO PLAY BOTH WAYS. Then you will learn which one is more usable & comfortable for you--And expanding your ability is what really counts isn't it??
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Old 02-28-2007, 12:35 PM
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Yeah i play mostly metal/death metal and you need power for that style of playin.. so thats why the heel-up method seems to work good for me, i also find myself doing the swivel thing to during like triplets and stuff its weird i was never taught that it came to me naturally..
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Old 02-28-2007, 01:54 PM
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Raatiikainen22; You make an excellent example of what I'm talking about.
You're applying the best method that works for what you are playing. In addition, you are open minded enough to tell yourself to learn both methods. The end result=You are a better drummer & far more flexible. For that, you may go out & buy a gold star and attach it to your forehead.
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