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Title: Leg fatigue & double pedals
Post by: selfdestructioninsanity on July 27, 2009, 12:06:54 PM
Alright, before I start I wanna clarify that it's my first topic, I'm new on this forum so if i'm not in the good category I apologize.I've been having a problem ever since I started playing double pedals, my legs really feels tired after a short while, sometimes my calves even hurt, I play heels up almost all the time since I play metal influenced by bands like Machine Head and Trivium.I played for 6 years now and 2 years with an Iron Cobra double pedal that had a weakness on the slave pedal, it reached the bottom of the pedal before the beater gets to the skin which made me hit harder on my left, ever since my left leg is my weakest. A week ago I bought myself a pearl eliminator demon drive double pedal, the feel is equal and smoother and both pedals, still I feel my legs getting tired after a few times. I'm also working my legs at the gym and I remember my drum teacher (who was a jazz drummer and with who I never learned about double bassing) telling me that the more heavy my legs would be, the harder it would be to play smooth, if so I'll just stop training my legs, the fatigue is showing around my thighs and calves after fast double bassing. If anyone can help me out with this it would be really helpful. Maybe my position isn't right but I tried a lot of positions and i'm not equiped with bad material, my throne isn't moving. If you have any ideas please help me out, if not i'll just go see a specialist for my back or something. Thanks in advance.

Title: Re: Leg fatigue & double pedals
Post by: Johnathan on July 27, 2009, 01:38:34 PM
This may come acorss as overly simple but do you stretch your legs and calf given one leg is not used to the workout compared to the other.  From what I read you are doing everything else per the book.

Title: Re: Leg fatigue & double pedals
Post by: selfdestructioninsanity on July 28, 2009, 11:19:01 AM
No I don't take time to stretch which could be useful at the gym and before a practice, I'll try stretching and I'll see if it helps out, thanks for the advice!

Title: Re: Leg fatigue & double pedals
Post by: KenSanders on July 30, 2009, 09:16:22 PM

Here is the link to a blog I wrote about “getting your double bass chops” together.


You must GET YOUR PEDALS AND BASS DRUM HEADS ADJUSTED FOR YOUR BEST OVERALL SOUND AND FEEL. GET YOUR THRONE HEIGHT AND POSITION FOR THE BEST BALANCE. The speed and control is going to be coming from your feet and ankles not from your legs.


CHECK OUT TIM WATERSON’S SWIVEL TECHNIQUE clips on You Tube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92qdU4jspao


Many times, nothing of value comes to us easily. But if playing double bass drums was easy and everybody could do it, then it wouldn't be a big deal would it? Stay committed and have fun.

Title: Re: Leg fatigue & double pedals
Post by: Johnathan on August 17, 2009, 01:43:32 PM
I just would not advise using your snare as a footstoole :)