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Sitting on the Throne

As you set up your drums, the first and probably most important position is how high you sit on your throne (the throne is the stool). The height that people choose varies on their comfort level. For instance, drumming great Vinnie Caliautta (he’s played with Frank Zappa and Sting, among many others) sits really low, with his knees way above his hips. I also know some drummers who have their thrones set so high that they’re almost sanding behind the drums. Although you can play the drums at almost any height, there does seem to be a height range that makes playing easier and certainly more efficient.

A good rule to follow when adjusting your throne is to have your hips even with or just slightly higher than your knees, so that the top of your thighs is parallel or slightly above parallel to the ground.

Having your hips too low causes your muscles to work harder because you have to lift your knees farther in order to make a stroke. You’re also more easily thrown off balance when you use both feet. If you sit too high, you have more difficulty generating a lot of power with your feet, especially if you want to play with your heels down.


drum_techniuqes/basic/sitting_on_the_throne.txt · Last modified: 2007/07/26 12:19
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