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Post Sun May 11, 2008 12:45 am

What is a proper seat height? Im 5'5" and never thought about my position at the set much...whould I sit high? low?

Sounds like it might be a personal pref..
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Post Sun May 11, 2008 7:05 am

It's all personal preference. I used to sit pretty low, with my drums up a bit high on me, but since watching Mike Johnston play, I've changed it up and probably have my seat twice as high as it once was, with my drums a bit lower, so now I'm more on top of the kit.

Most people say that when you sit down your leg, from your hip to your knee should be parallel to the ground, and a 90 degree angle with your lower leg extending to the bass drum pedal. Mike says you can get more power and speed having your leg at a higher angle.

I think my bass drum playing is improving, but I'm not necessarily sure if it's because I've got a better practice routine now, or because I'm up higher, probably a bit of both.
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Post Sun May 11, 2008 8:43 am

What is a proper seat height? Im 5'5" and never thought about my position at the set much...whould I sit high? low?


It's personal preference.
Most say thigh should be parallel to the floor.
I sit as low as the seat goes.
I'm known to have a heavy foot.
When I sit high it feels unstable, especially when playing double bass.
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Post Sun May 11, 2008 10:46 am

Yeah dude all personal preference....
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Post Mon May 12, 2008 2:21 am

word. 8)
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Post Mon May 12, 2008 10:21 am

I sit pretty high, I find it easier to work the bass.
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Post Mon May 12, 2008 10:51 am

I sit high. It feels better to me balance-wise, I seem to play better with my feet, and improves my posture.
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Post Thu May 15, 2008 9:42 pm

Alan_ wrote:improves my posture.



I second this! I raised my seat a little, and I can sit better...my back doesnt tense up so much!
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Post Fri May 16, 2008 6:34 am

40th wrote:
Alan_ wrote:improves my posture.



I second this! I raised my seat a little, and I can sit better...my back doesnt tense up so much!


same here.. Ever since I started working on double bass pedal, i started sitting higher it felt like I had more room to move and my posture improved drastically, My knees and back no longer hurt after practice.
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Post Fri May 16, 2008 8:46 am

I'm gonna try raising my seat a little then I reckon if it works for you guys, at the moment I have it so my thighs are inclined downwards a wee bit (so just above thighs parallel to the ground height), and I do sometimes get pains in the back, but I think that's cause I hunch over loads when I'm really getting into the groove!
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Post Sun Jun 01, 2008 5:50 pm

no such thing as proper, are you hitting the drum and not yourself ( i.e. thigh or knee)? thats a good start if not consider adjusting. posture is very important as well keep your back up and the energy your body expends will go to your limbs easier and more efficiently.
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Post Sun Jun 01, 2008 6:31 pm

i make my throne high so my hip is about 2-3 inches higher than my knee, and im like 5 7.
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Post Mon Jun 02, 2008 11:24 pm

I generally say to put the throne at "knee height" -- so that when you sit, your thighs are parallel to the ground.

That said, you should set it up high, med , and low and see which way works best for your body, since everyone is a little different.