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Old 06-07-2004, 05:40 PM   #1
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Question Help with bass drum foot...

I have been teaching myself drums and only started about 2 months ago. When I play for a while, by bass drum foot becomes so weak that i cant play the bass fast enough for it to make a sound. It just gets really sore and stuff, do I need to do any type of exercises for my ankle to help my speed? or am is this a result of playing the wrong way?

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Old 06-08-2004, 08:27 AM   #2
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Well, that's great! You sure same to the right place
to talk about the kick!

Malt is right. Keep things simple. Do it as slow as it
needs to be to be perfect. Start and keep it there
for a while. Don't be in a rush. You are going to be
using muscles that you have not in the past, in the
way that you will be doing.

I'm not going to tell you what to do. Let's see what
feels comfortable for you.

SPEED IS NOT CRITICAL. ACCURACY IS.
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Old 06-08-2004, 08:47 AM   #3
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Talking

yep. very true!...
learn songs rather than exercises for the moment.
try to play motley crue,
be a premium member which is very educative for drumming in all aspects.
kiss is good for practicing.. dream theater has a good kick for starting... or liquid tension.maybe thats a lil bit hard for the moment. just play a groove with 16 notes.. w ith a metronome.. and thats it!
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Old 06-08-2004, 11:51 AM   #4
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actually moderate beats will help you get those muscles toned a lot in shape for playing pedals. you simply can't rush those feets to develop. just play as much as you can on comfortable tempos first then the next week pull it up a notch until you're already playing at 250bpm 16 notes hehe.
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Old 06-08-2004, 05:45 PM   #5
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thanks a lot for all the help

so if my muscles and tendons are really straining as I play and become very tight and weak, is that normal since I'm developing those new muscles as you say. I'll keep everyones advice and start with constant tempos to build up my bass drum foor ability.

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Old 06-08-2004, 08:36 PM   #6
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Go to the point of a little pain and slow down
or even rest. Don't injure yourself.
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Old 06-16-2004, 09:10 AM   #7
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Yea man im having that problem now too and trust me im the worst at bass drum my feet are incredibly slow right now im working 95bpm 8th notes and getting tired pretty fast I can do it for about 2-3 minutes without having to stop I assume im slowly developing though.
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Old 06-16-2004, 11:15 PM   #8
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You made this post just in time. I've discovered a new way to work the ankle part of your bass drum kick. You'll see a seperate thread about that. For any of you who are interested, you should check it out.
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Old 06-17-2004, 12:27 PM   #9
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Dear thelemon32:

Read the posts by peter carefully. Hes right. Especially this: SPEED IS NOT CRITICAL. ACCURACY IS. Always slow things down if your having problems.

If your experiencing tension in your shins or ankles, check out your throne height. Also investigate how close you sit to the pedals. Or maybe you sit too far back. You have to make these assesments.

Let us know how it works out, and maybe what exercise you are using.
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