Generally your a little too low but difficult to say without seeing it.
George sits somewhat above where his thighs would be parallel to the ground, so it's not so low.Cheers for the insight guys!
I was look at George Kollias and it seems he sits very low down (am i right)?
And his knees seem at 90 degrees (?)?
This is the video btw
Are there ANY advantages to sitting low like this?
That's definitely the fastest drumming I've ever seen in a song application!Are there ANY advantages to sitting low like this?
His throne position enables him to play heel up or down and gives him optimum balance when playing heel up. I woudn't consider his throne height low - it's only low in comparison to a drummer with longer legs (and thus a higher throne height at 90 degrees).TheArchitect said:1 - Thighs parallel to the ground (lowest) to hips just slightly higher than the knees (highest)
2 - You want your butt centered on the throne. Be as balanced on the throne as possible. Never sit on the edge of the throne as doing so forces you to use your feet to maintain balance. You want to be balanced on the throne without needing your feet to keep you from falling over.
Minus the roc n so throne, this describes my set up exactly. I got the idea of sitting slightly higher, and slightly further away from the bass drum from Flo Mournier. It helps my balance and I find that higher speeds, using more ankle motion, are easier like this than with my previous knees-at-90-degree set up.I think I have an unusual bass drum techinique but this is how I would describe mine.
I use a motorcycle style throne (roc n soc nitro) it allows more movement in the legs.
I find it better to sit higher up, I do sit higher than most drummers even. I think that sitting higher than parallel gives you more power. It is also easier to play heel up when you don't have to hold your leg up at 90 degrees. Do this test, stand up hold your leg straight out with your knee bent at 90 degrees with your thigh parallel to the ground. feel the burn?
okay now stand up hold your leg at a less than parallel angle to the ground, with your knee bent at a larger than 90 degree angle. It is more comfortable right? less burn?
my knees are not at a 90 degree angle, more close to 110.
my technique is a combination of power from the hip dropping the leg
power from the knee (straighten your knee and it pushes your foot forward) I feel like most of my power comes from this movement. I cannot get power from the knee when my knees are at 90 degrees. putting my seat back from the kick a little I'm able to get this power.
power from the ankle this is also the fastest muscle in my leg so it's a big component of speed.
I usually start with my toe 3/4 of the way up the footboard and as I straighten my knee out my foot is pushed down and foward towards the chain. When I play fast doubles the first stroke is knee, the second stroke is ankle.