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    Default My Kick Drum is Trying to Kill Me!

    Hi.
    I just got my hands on my first drum kit and I'm trying to figure something out.
    I've read that some drummers like to play their kick drum with their heel on the floor and others like to keep their heel up off the ground. So far, for me, it's more comfortable to keep my heel off the ground. I seem to be able to hit the drum harder and cleaner.
    The problem is this: About every fourth time I hit the drum like this, the beater rebounds back and whacks me right on the shinbone.
    Is this just something I have to get used to, or can I make some adjustments to the pedal?
    There's a little spring on the pedal that looks like it could be tightened or loosened, but I haven't messed with it yet.
    Or maybe I should just keep my heel on the floor. I don't know. It seems a lot harder to play that way.
    Help!

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    You can adjust the "throw" of the pedal. Simply take a good look at it, you should be able to figure it out...or get used to wrapping your lower leg with newspaper and duct tape.
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    You also might consider putting a port hole on the front head. I know for me that a head with a port hole gives me a trampoline effect. The air that you're pushed from the batter head has nowhere to go, so it's rebounding from the batter, to the resonant, back to the batter in just milliseconds.
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    The batter doesn't come off of the head for most that play heel up.....

    It stays on the head if you're heel up usually.I've only met a few that play heel down and they were brutal....To each his own I guess...

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    one of my drummers once explained to me...

    you can move your wrist faster than your arm, so why wouldnt you use your ankle instead of your leg?

    but seems most power drummers put their whole leg into it
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    There's a few options.
    Cut a 4 to 5 inch hole and that will take most of the bounce back away.
    The way your heads are tightened can have some factor as well.

    Technique is everything...

    As said above, check your action on the pedal...it may be in need of adjustment.

    Personally I like a full reso head...with no hole. Sound men usually don't like it, but if they know what they are doing, it should not make any difference.

    IF YOU DO CUT A HOLE, DONT DO WHAT ALEX USED TO DO...CUTTING A HOLE ANY BIGGER THAN 4 TO 5 INCHES IS LIKE NOT HAVING A HEAD ON THE DRUM ANYWAY...
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    As a former drummer, I once had this problem.
    This was YEARS ago, but I do remember making an adjustment on the pedal itself.

 

 

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