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Old 09-26-2009, 11:51 PM
George Kollias George Kollias is offline
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Originally Posted by JT1 View Post
Hi George firstly i just wanted to say that you are a huge inspiration to me and although i'm not a death metal drummer, i greatly admire how you can play at the tempos you do throughout one of your shows it's really awesome. I'm sure you hear these types of questions all of the time but just a couple on double bass work.
Thanks man..

I play heel up and can play 200 BPM competently although with me purchasing a new pedal recently, finding my desired settings has become a bit more difficult so i am still altering my set up. I watched a couple of your clinic videos on youtube about ankle motion and about how you can achieve speeds greater than 210 using this, however i can't seem to get in a position comfortable enough to play using my ankles. Is this a technique that i will have to completely relearn how to play double bass? It seems that i can't physically bring myself to play that fast even after 4 years!
Well, many drummers ask me this and they think ankle motion is a new technique or something.It's the natural evolution of your motion in order to play faster....the more you try the more you get it and one day YOU WILL get it even if you want it or not....always if you keep pushing up the tempos.
Think about this, you push your legs and you get up to a certain speed, then you get faster and you see your body is asking you to use more toes and less legs. That's where you are using your ankles more to get the front part of your foot to play faster.Knowing the results from drummers that can do it, your approach will be a lot easier and's really simple, and you also need to relax a lot, when you work on motion or technique try to always be relaxed and analyze everything.

Also just out of curiosity how high do you sit on your throne and,
A little more than 90 degrees.Just enough to loose my ankles a little more but still low enough to keep the power.

How is your spring tension?
Tight as much as it gets.With my Axis A Longboards this is not funny, ha ha

I know everyone is different but i just wanted to know so it could possibly help me with learning this motion.
You are not learning a new thing, you are getting what you have on another level.

Is direct drive a really important aspect of playing faster speeds? as i use a Sleishman double pedal.
Direct Drive is better, i use Axis A Longboards but i also use a starp drive Eliminator on my jazz set, pretty much same speed on both...
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