Good advice!zerodogma":2btv1j9u said:I am a heel-toe player myself and have found that in order to get the proper rebound after the "heel" stroke (and leading into the "toe" stroke), I need to make sure that I have adequate tension on my bass drum head... a mushy head doesn't respond in a good way for me. I have also found that a smaller bass drum size, i.e. 20" or 18", allows for a much quicker response when blasting out heel-toe beats.
If you use a standard (or larger) bass drum, tighten the head and find that "sweet spot" that gives you enough tension for good rebound, but doesn't kill your bottom end sound.
Also... test out some different pedals at your local drum shop. The longer the footboard, the easier it will be to play heel-toe. I also took the toe-stops off of my pedal(s) to allow me to move my foot higher up.
If you want to get that "practice pad" feel on your regular bass drum, take off the resonant head and stuff the batter head with blankets/pillows. This will "choke" the batter head to feel more like your practice pad. Gradually move the pillows away from the head as you practice... I think you get the idea.
Hope this helped a little!