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Old 02-12-2013, 11:37 PM
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Default Re: An ironic observation

Originally Posted by BacteriumFendYoke View Post
Henri, I'm going to disagree with your assertion that more adjustable pedals may be better for beginners.

In my own experience, having too many adjustments early on means that a player can sometimes try to adjust the pedal too much in the first months of their playing. Rather than learning a basic technique and then tweaking the pedal to taste, many players instead try to make the pedal work for them without developing a fundamental technique initially. Furthermore, if the pedal settings are changed frequently (every day, for instance) in the first months of playing, this can actually hinder the development of embryonic technique.

I'll draw an analogy with sticks. I doubt many of us here would recommend a new player playing with a different set of sticks every day - of different weights, lengths, tapers, etc. Doing so may hinder the development of a coherent technique. Instead, the common advice is to go for a stick somewhere in the middle (like a 5A) and work from there after the basic technique has been formed.

I feel the same way about pedals. Set the tension, angle, etc. somewhere in the middle and then - after technique has been developed - adjust to taste.
Totally agree Duncan, a good basic fundamental approach is what's required for a beginner for the few steps into drumming life, my post was more about pedal choices, is it better to have more than less for your hard earned money, as I said, who can do more can do less, you can certainly set a multi-adjsutemnts pedal "somewhere in the middle" as you put it, and I wasn't implying changing the setting every couple of hours, lol, but when you're ready, you can adjust to taste :)

Why buying so many pedals? if you can buy one that can do it all... back then when I chosed the Camco in the early 80's, I played the pedal for over 28 years, but it was getting a bit tired, lol.

I still recommend a new starter/intermediate player to purchase a pedal of good quality with adjustments, they'll save money in the long run, so many guys buy and change pedals every so often, I don't get it, buy the best you can, once, it will deliver for years to come.

That's the difference with experienced or pro players, they know what works and what doesn't, a beginner doesn't know.
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