Heel-Toe confusion

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basketcase368
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Post Mon Nov 13, 2006 6:26 pm

Ive been playing drums for about 2 and 1/2 years now and ive been starting to doubt my foot technique. I always hear the words "heel toe" being thrown around but when i do doubles on my foot i start from a heel up position and the end up in my heel down position. so i guess you could call it a toe heel.??? :?:
Is that wrong. Anyone have any tips on how to fix it if it is wrong and can someone clarify the heel toe method. Thanks.
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Post Mon Nov 13, 2006 9:03 pm

if starting heel up feels natural to you then stick with it. you can find tons of the heel toe videos on youtune.com. its really easy. if you watch a video you can have it in like 3 minutes. go search youtube.com. nothing beats actually getting to watch it rather than just have some one type out an explination
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Post Tue Nov 14, 2006 9:51 am

I find it funny that ive actually had this same exact doubt in my mind about my foot technique for the past week . When i first started drumming (two years ago) i was strictly heel up. When i played i burried the beater into the head because well i didnt know any different/better. For the time being this was fine i could keep up with whatever tempo i wanted to play at the time easy cake no problems...

Eventually i wanted to get into doubles and quicker things on the bass drum. I watched a video about double bass technique and learned all about the heel toe technique, and ill admit it looked great the kid could rip quads that sounded great. so i went on and tried to master this technique to produce doubles and quads with the double bass. not only did i find it hard to perform with other pedals besides my own i also found myself becomming very one dimensional with my feet. sure i could fit a lot more in than before but it seemed like it was always in the same place and nothing really too spectacuar...

as of two days ago i have switched to strictly heel down. so far its been anoying and i hate it but i know that in about a month i will be able to play faster and more importantly more controlled than i could after two years of heel up. what is more important to me than speed is the control youll get over the pedal. instead of loosing it when i start to get quicker ill be able to have the beater with my foot at all times. also i enjoi the full resonation of the bass drum by not burring the beater in the head and allowing the batter and resonant heads play games.

my drum teacher is the one who told me to switch i didnt come to this conclusion on my own but im glad she told me. so give it a try, strictly heel down, do everything heel down. youll feel the front of your shinn burn after about a minute because unless your tony hawk you prolly dont use that muscle that much. youll also feel like yorur not getting the same power you used to frum the pedal but over time you will and youll enjoi the increased speed, control and reading more posts on DML.

Try 70bpm doing quarter notes, to 8th notes, to triplets, then back down again and up again, now the other foot. when you get comfortable with this speed crank it up until your inevitable career platau.
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Post Tue Nov 14, 2006 7:54 pm

www.drummerworld.com

Look up Derrick Pope. He has a great video on the Heel/Toe Technique, as well as general foot technique.

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Post Wed Nov 15, 2006 7:06 pm

Thanks! :D
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