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Old 03-02-2018, 11:13 AM
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Default Is my leg position ok for the kick drum?

When I play the kick drum with my feet perfectly aligned, it just feels harder to play.. So I wanna ask, is it a bad habit and i should change it or is it ok? Heres a photo of my leg position:

I tried my best to take a proper photo but the file size is just so big so i had to crop.

My leg is leaning towards the snare a little bit
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Old 03-02-2018, 11:32 AM
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Default Re: Is my leg position ok for the kick drum?

That's perfectly fine - There's no reason to line your foot up with the footplate as long as you're comfortable.

You'll see fast kick players swivel their heel left an right constantly, or move their foot way back on the foot plate so that their heels aren't even over the pedal at all anymore. Anything goes.

If it really bothers you though, try angling your kick instead of your foot. If you point your kick drum to the right a little bit, you can keep your foot in the same position. But I wouldn't worry about it personally.

Here's a video I found of Virgil Donati showing some double bass stuff. Skip to 0:44 to see his feet - they're not even *close* to lining up with the pedals:
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Old 03-02-2018, 03:42 PM
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Default Re: Is my leg position ok for the kick drum?

I have started to play with toes offset left and heel offset right. It feels very comfortable, and my foot no longer slips off towards left like it used to do. I can move my body and throne further to right doing this, which is comfortable for me.
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Old 03-02-2018, 03:44 PM
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My foot is at an angle on both pedals. Drum on lad.
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Old 03-02-2018, 06:12 PM
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Get the foot out my face!

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