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Michael McCullough

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Using the Kick drum
« on: October 19, 2004, 11:10:37 AM »
I am Primarily a keyboard player, but there are times at my church were I have to play the drums aswell.  I'm pretty decent but I can't make my foot move really fast like some drummers do.  What exercises can I do to make my kick faster? :roll:

jarrell_d

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« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2004, 11:54:24 AM »
Well first of all, I haven't met any drummers who started out with a "quick foot", cuz it definitely takes time.  But one thing I started doing, which really helped was... while i'm at home, school, or work, i'd sit down and constantly do a "tip-toe" - to - "ball (of foot)" continuously.  Getting faster and faster.  

You'll notice when u're back on the drums, how more confortable it will feel to do a double (even tripple) beat.  It will take time, but you'll deffinitely see improvement.

I've moved on to keyboard, so I don't play drums like I use to, but that excersise did me a lot of good.  


hope that helps...

HammerRock

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« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2004, 01:17:21 PM »
The kind of pedal you're using will definitely help too. I love my Iron Cobra pedal. IMHO it's worth the extra few bucks to get something that will allow you to play the way you need to. I don't play double pedal bass, but this pedal allows me to add the extra kick sometimes when it's needed (ok, and sometimes when it's not needed but sounds real good!).  :wink:

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« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2004, 05:22:59 PM »
One thing that helped me was to practice specific patterns between my hands and my feet. The more you practice those patterns the quicker and cleaner you'll get with them and they'll come out in your playing in no time. Also there's the heel toe technique you can practice on and off the set. Just practice tapping the pedal/floor with the ball of your feet and then bring down your whole foot(heel). The more you do that, the more natural the motion gets and it'll make your doubles and triples faster also. I hope this helps.

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« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2004, 07:10:41 PM »
well the way i learned was by first you gotta practice coordination thats all drums is coordination and control well i think a good way is by when you play and do feels on the toms feel those blank spots with the kick pedal then use doubles then next thhin you know you did a roll with mostly your foot

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« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2004, 12:01:20 AM »
Your feet are just as functional as your hands. We just have to teach them to do the same things our hands do. Practicing rudiments is what gives a drummer/percussionist a part of the discipline needed to play proficiently (just like the pro's). I find that practicing the same rudiments I use for my hands, is good for the feet also. Which rudiments you may ask? The single strokes and doubles strokes are the best start because every other rudiment is made up of singles, doubles and/or singles and doubles.
Try RRLL  RRLL RRLL  RRLL
R meaning right hand  and L meaning left hand and/or R meaning right foot and L meaning left foot.
practice this with a metronome or click trak(this is the only way to keep accurate trak of timing)
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