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Post Mon Jun 25, 2007 11:46 pm

wots a good exercise to do to build endurance and speed on the double kicker?
and can a better grade double kick help more than a cheapo 1?
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Post Tue Jun 26, 2007 8:27 am

Practice rudiments on your DB pedal just like you would with your snare. Speed will some with time.
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Post Tue Jun 26, 2007 1:17 pm

I'm gonna answer the second question first. A better grade pedal can better you performance in almost any situation. I loved to mess around with my cheaper double pedals, but my DB playing was kinda sloppy at times. Just kinda felt unstable. I found a killer deal on a brand new set of Iron Cobras from Tama and made the purchase. Best thing I've probably ever bought. They're so much more solid than what I had, I felt like I went from a go-kart to a Mercedes. They definitely stepped up my playing. I'm not a full time DB player or anything but they feel great when throwing in fills and certain patterns in songs.

I agree with Stump 100%. Mastering rudiments on snare or bass drum is always good policy and speed will develop with time. Just give yourself time to improve gradually on the DB like you did when you started with your hands in the beginning. Eventually it'll all come together. Good luck!
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Post Wed Jul 04, 2007 6:38 am

I found practicing on cheaper/sloppier pedals caused me to focus harder on the timing and dynamics of what I was playing. Then when I set up with my A's it was almost effortless. Like walking around with ankle weights for a half hour, then taking them off. Actually thats what Gene Hoglund does before a set.

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Post Wed Jul 04, 2007 10:53 am

Any workout that can be played on hands is attainable on feet, and makes for some great chop building.

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Post Wed Jul 04, 2007 2:58 pm

My first double kick pedal was a cheap Gibraltar that I purchased form my local Long and McQuade. Very affordable. It helped me start out and is very well equipped(double chain, double sided beaters, etc.). About $250 Canadian. I recent purchased Axis AL2's though.

As far as practicing goes, any proper practicing is good practicing. Don't limit yourself to rudiments or anything formal like that. Get a feel for your pedals and have some fun!
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Post Thu Jul 05, 2007 8:46 am

a more expensive pedal wont help you get faster really, it will be easier to get faster and smoother, but it wont really help your speed, i would just go up and down in the scale, start with quarter notes at a good pace, then eigth notes, sixteen, so on so on, then work down and back up.
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Post Thu Jul 05, 2007 12:02 pm

Instead of sitting down and going for quick bursts of speed with your BDs, try playing for much longer periods of time at medium tempos. Try sitting down pand playing 16ths with your BDs for no less that 2-3 minutes straight WITHOUT stopping...ever.. and play at a moderate tempo of 100-120 BPM. Make sure you play to a click. Playing in time with your feet is MUCH harder than most people realize. After the 2 or 3 minutes of playing, take a rest and then do it again leading with your left foot.
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Post Thu Jul 05, 2007 1:04 pm


try this it can be usefull sometimes ;)

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