BJ Thomas on throne height

Bo Eder

Platinum Member
So after reading some of the thread on proper throne height, I found this clip of Procol Harum with the late great BJ Thomas on drums. This is fine example of sitting at a comfortable height for your body, and then adjusting to the kit around you. As I watched this, he looked very relaxed and was able to execute great chops - then I realized his snare height is just about even with his chest! But if you have a tall kit, it's still more important that you can sit with your feet flat on the floor. At least it was good for BJ!

check it out:

 

blinky

Senior Member
So after reading some of the thread on proper throne height, I found this clip of Procol Harum with the late great BJ Thomas on drums. This is fine example of sitting at a comfortable height for your body, and then adjusting to the kit around you. As I watched this, he looked very relaxed and was able to execute great chops - then I realized his snare height is just about even with his chest! But if you have a tall kit, it's still more important that you can sit with your feet flat on the floor. At least it was good for BJ!

check it out:

"The octopus in the bathtub"
 

fl.tom

Senior Member
So after reading some of the thread on proper throne height, I found this clip of Procol Harum with the late great BJ Wilson on drums. ...
Fixed it for ya. :)

Though I was really looking forward to hearing BJ Thomas speak on throne height before drumming and singing “Rain Drops...” or “Hooked On A Feeling”!
 

GruntersDad

Administrator - Mayor
Staff member
Not only is the snare high, but he sits with his knees higher than his hips which goes against almost everything I read from other sources. Tommy Lee sits low as well for a tall guy. I guess it's what you get used to.
 

Tamaefx

Silver Member
Not only is the snare high, but he sits with his knees higher than his hips which goes against almost everything I read from other sources. Tommy Lee sits low as well for a tall guy. I guess it's what you get used to.
It seems an impossible posture but anyway, great drumming ! I am not sure, is it a Premier kit ?
 

Chollyred

Senior Member
I've seen several drummers (Todd Sucherman, Kenny Aronoff) appear to sit fairly low to their drums. At least the snare is high. But their thighs are pretty parallel to the floor. I think I'd have shoulder problems playing a snare that high.
 

bud7h4

Silver Member
Not only is the snare high, but he sits with his knees higher than his hips which goes against almost everything I read from other sources. Tommy Lee sits low as well for a tall guy. I guess it's what you get used to.
Scott Travis is tall and sits below his knees too. And somehow he's always been a monster on double bass. It looks uncomfortable to me but oh well . . .
 

bud7h4

Silver Member
Maybe he learned to play as a toddler and just stuck with what worked, keeping everything up high, effectively staying small.
 

David Hunter

Junior Member
Great post. BJ Wilson is criminally underrated. Here's another version from several years earlier. (I wish I could explain the peculiar bald spot... Probably a prank gone bad.)

 

GruntersDad

Administrator - Mayor
Staff member
In this video he seems higher. I wonder in the first video if his throne slipped down or if his snare is thicker and he did adjust the snare stand height?
 
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