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Old 11-25-2016, 12:09 AM
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Default Famous drummers....on or off the bass drum head?

Did bonham come off the bass drum head or lay into it?
What about buddy?
Questlove?
I know mark Giuliana comes off the bass drum head...
Max? Elvin?
If anyone has any insights id love to know
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Old 11-25-2016, 02:38 AM
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Bonham came off

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Old 11-25-2016, 03:04 AM
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Default Re: Famous drummers....on or off the bass drum head?

Vinnie buries except when playing soft/jazz.

Elvin: https://youtu.be/0YVOd1hK0_w?t=1m

Thomas Lang seems to bury.

Chad Wackerman at least says he comes off.
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Old 11-25-2016, 10:22 AM
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Default Re: Famous drummers....on or off the bass drum head?

Morello came off most of the time. Buddy Rich, too, iirc. Bellson on the other hand buried it mostly.
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Default Re: Famous drummers....on or off the bass drum head?

Mr. Big drummer Pat Torpey covered this very thing in his Big Drums video. In it, he talks about changing his footwork to fit how he wants the kick to sound in a certain song.
If he wants more "boom", he'll let the beater bounce off the head so it can resonate. Less boom, he'll bury it.

Sounds legit to me.
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Default Re: Famous drummers....on or off the bass drum head?

Porcaro and Erskine both bury/buried it.
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Old 02-01-2018, 05:50 PM
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Default Re: Famous drummers....on or off the bass drum head?

Does anyone do both? Plays off the head normally but buries it for accents or weighted strokes?

It sounds like something Keith carlock would do. I think I've seen Thomas pridgen do it both ways too?
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Default Re: Famous drummers....on or off the bass drum head?

This should never be an either/or.

Both methods produce different sounds and as such are both tools you shouldn't give up by thinking one is "better" than the other or you should pick one.

Using both in the same musical passage can be especially effective and give more depth to your bass drum playing.
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Default Re: Famous drummers....on or off the bass drum head?

As a variation on this question, anyone passionate about heel-up / heel-down?

I play heel up usually, but when I'm playing jazz with a walking bass line I put the heel down so I can play the bd nice and light on every beat.

Don't let me hijack the thread tho' - carry on
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Default Re: Famous drummers....on or off the bass drum head?

There can be several factors, but I think there's 2 main ones:

Genre of music being played
Bass Drum Tuning

Papa Joe Jones played his bass drum wide open. So he had to bury the beater to get a good sound out of it. People who sat down at his kit said they could not get a good sound out of the bass drum.

When I'm feathering the bass drum with jazz I play off the head, it gives me the sound I'm looking for. Any other genre I tend to bury for the same reason.

It can also depend on the bass drum head. A more muffled head vs an unmuffled head require a different technique.
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