FLOOR TOM POSITIONING: FLAT OR TILTED

T.Underhill

Pioneer Member
As a beginner I had them tilted a lot. Over the years they've flattened out. The rebound is more natural for me because I'm not bending my wrists when striking them. Gotta have the memory locks.
 

caddywumpus

Platinum Member
Whatever is comfortable to you and suits your needs. I have mine at maybe a 5 degree tilt. Oh, and I do like the option of being able to do tom rimshots, if I feel so inclined to pull those out...
 

porcaro

Member
Tilted...AWAY from me...Carlock style. I saw him doing it, gave it a try...seems to work well when I'm playing traditional. Certain he isn't the first to do this, but he's the first I've seen live. By the way...that man is an animal.
 

GruntersDad

Administrator - Mayor
Staff member
Barely tilted. If I want it flat I just lower the higher legs.
 
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HeadRush

Senior Member
tilted about 5 degrees towards my bass drum
I don't know if that's a very good explanation though haha
 

zambizzi

Platinum Member
I sit with my bass drum slightly to my right...so it's lined up w/ my foot. I learned this from Matt Ritter's video. With that...everything to the right of the kit feels slightly farther away, so I like to set my floor tom completely flat...and then tilt it ever so slightly forward (toward the kick) to put the center of the head more in line w/ my right arm.

There's my anal-retentive answer.
 

jwildman

Senior Member
I like mine tilted at a slight angle. Like maybe just raised a little bit for my first floor tom and my second one I like flat.
 
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