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Old 12-16-2009, 06:13 PM
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Talking Double bass speed/technique/ stamina


ive been playing drums for two years now and double bass for 6 months and i just cant seem to get it down pat. i go through phases of being realy good and then hit a dry spell of cant hardly get out doubles before hitting my snare. i normally play heels down because when i play heels up it feels and sounds like i'm hitting the drum too hard. i tried this technique thats like heels up but not quite. you bring your heel maybe 2-3 inches up and use your ankles. yeah, that worked beautifully for like a week and i'm in a seemingly endless dry spell. CAN YOU HELP ME?
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Old 12-16-2009, 07:08 PM
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Re: Double bass speed/technique/ stamina


try taking a few days off drums. sometimes when i get stuck in a rut i just lay the sticks down, and when i come back, im rejuvenated and feeling better than ever.

also, check out the article on this site for double bass.
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http://www.drumsetconnect.com/drum-f...d-control.html

i dont know exactly how your problems are, so this is the best advice i can give judging by your thread title. in the end it just comes down to practice to make perfection.
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Re: Double bass speed/technique/ stamina


It may come down to personal preference, but I would at least play heels up. I've heard it said that heels down will give you shin splints. Dunno personally, I rarely play that way. For good control try using the swivel technique. Also, heel-toe is good way to get faster, but I don't think it offers as much control as the swivel technique does. Good Luck!
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Re: Double bass speed/technique/ stamina


I play heel down. I really don't know how people play heel up at all. I can't do anything heel up other than straight notes, like 16th or 32nd notes. I have no control over it at all...

I can play pretty fast heel down, as fast as most metal drummers can.
I have never gotten shin splints, but that may be because I have always played heel down and my shins are now conditioned for that technique.
Sometimes my legs do get tired and sore, but it takes a good amount of playing.
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Re: Double bass speed/technique/ stamina


I play heel up. I just can't feel as much power behind each kick with heel down. But I suppose if I worked at it, heel down could be comfortable. But I can reach pretty good speeds with heel up. Just playing at the desk (or not behind a set) I can play faster with heel down.
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Ya, without a pedal underneath your foot, heel-down is definitely faster. If you do heel-up you have to lift your whole leg off the ground rather than just push down on the pedal that would normally be there with a set.
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Re: Double bass speed/technique/ stamina


Yo man I did the same thing. Heres what ya gotta do. Take metranome!!!!! AUGHH!!! METS1!! ya I know if you dont have one find one on the internet or buy one. Just play eighth notes at differet speeds with that sucker blaring into your ear. when you cant hear the met anymore then your on the beat then move it up slowly. Keep with it then youll get it

Also I have to warm up for a good 15mins with double bass b4 I can hit anything fast
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