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Post Thu Jul 31, 2008 9:12 pm

i noticed whenever i do double bass my legs get like a cramp ,bad technique?? or does that happen to alot of drummers??
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Post Thu Jul 31, 2008 10:20 pm

sjc93patd wrote:i noticed whenever i do double bass my legs get like a cramp ,bad technique?? or does that happen to alot of drummers??


o i used to get those alot at first, really bad cramps that i had to stop and rest for like 10 minutes.
its not bad technique, i think its because your legs arent use to souble pedaling, over time it will go away. i havent had a cramp for atleast 4 months
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Post Fri Aug 01, 2008 12:07 am

Proper posture,balance and downward pressure all have to do with your cramping as well as trying too hard. Sometimes you have to try and relax while obtaining your goal or your practice regiment rather then trying to force it or concentrate to hard on it...you will find the more that you develop your technique while you are relaxed , the less frustrared you will be.
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Post Fri Aug 01, 2008 5:38 am

I tend to cramp up occasionally, over stretching is just as bad as not stretching just before a gig or so. When I do cramp it seems to be right at the top of my thigh where it meets my waist, left side always too.
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Post Fri Aug 01, 2008 10:36 am

o yea i remember now :roll:
i used get cramps because i used to use my WHOLE leg to hit the pedal and ill be playing like around 150 bpm and the cramps started coming up.
and then i started relaxing my legs and feet and started playing using my ankles at fast bpm.
so in other words like around 0-110 bpm ill use my whole leg and then around 110-+ i use my ankles more and made a kind of twitch. :wink:
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Post Fri Aug 01, 2008 10:44 am

Yep, mostly technique issues. You should never cramp up while playing. If your calves are cramping you're likely trying too hard and playing faster than you actually can. If your hips are hurting your seat height is incorrect, most likely too low.

Slow it way down to 16ths at 60-80bpm and learn the proper relaxed control. From there work up by 2bpm a day, not hour. Before you know it that consistent and dedicated practice will have you playing more relaxed and faster than ever.
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Post Fri Aug 01, 2008 11:23 am

Definitely, if you try to go too fast right off the bat your body's not going to accept it. A lot of it's muscle endurance as well. Very gradually increasing your speed as Scott suggested will not only make it easier to get the hang of the proper technique, it'll also ease your leg muscles into it in a way that doesn't overexert them.
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