Stoop shouldered is not good. Serious back issues can arise.You know, I think the navel-height thing probably came about because most people's elbows are at about navel height. So, you can have your elbows bent at 90 degrees and not have to reach up or down.
I don't think most people are real strict about any of this stuff, though.
The odd thing to me is, I see drummers with snares so low they can't possibly play rimshots without hitting their thighs. And they look all stoop-shouldered. It just doesn't look comfortable to me. It makes no sense in my mind. Other than that, I say play whatever is comfy.
Thank you!!! I was looking for this information and this was exactly what I needed.I was searching the forum about snare height and seating position (knees in relation to hips) because I felt that maybe I've sat too high all along. The conventional wisdom on the forum is the snare should be around the navel or so and the knees should be parallel with the hips.
So I decided to look on YouTube to see how some of the top (or at least well-known) drummers play. Here are screenshots from some of the videos. If you search the drummers' names, these videos will be appear in the first page of results:
Tony Royster: knees below the hips. Snare well below the navel.
Questlow: knees below the hips. Snare well below the navel.
Benny Greb: knees parallel with hips. Snare well below the navel.
Neil Peart: knees parallel with hips. Snare up high.
Steve Jordan: tough to find vids of him from the side but from what I've seen, his knees are below the hips and the snare is below the navel.
Jo Jo Mayer: knees below the hips. Snare higher but does seem to be below the navel.
Mike Johnston: knees parallel with hips. Snare below the navel.
Dave Weckl: knees parallel with hips mostly in vids I've seen but can be lower. Snare below the navel.
Steve Gadd: knees are mostly parallel in vids I've seen of him. Snare is probably higher than his navel and tilted.
Luke Holland (representing the younger YouTube celebrity drum crowd; plus I personally think he is a terrific drummer): knees parallel. Snare well below the navel.
Seems to me that most drummers play with the snare at about crotch level rather than navel level. The knee/hip thing varies but it's probably a good thing back-pain-wise to keep them parallel if you can.
Yeah. I cant imagine sitting in on a short person's kit.It's a basic starting point, but the idea is simply that it's natural and your legs don't get in the way.
We're all made differently.
Can you expand on this?True that! His snare is so angled that he hits it with his wrist still turned pretty high up. Another recipe for injury.
That is so low. I don't know how he could have started off down there and still become one of the best. Amazing picture.
He was already one of the best back then. He did some of his most insane drumming back then with Frank. The three Joe's Garage albums have some insane playing on them. What I just noticed was how small that bass drum is. I never noticed that before.......until now.That is so low. I don't know how he could have started off down there and still become one of the best. Amazing picture.