Originally posted by WorshipMetallica
hey Tim, in your article, you said to have the beaters striking just below the center, I have my beaters just above the center. Do you recommend me lowering the beaters below the center, if you do, then what is the reason for this?
Also, I saw this instruction video of some guy, and he had a single pedal. He was doing doubles on the pedal. But he wasn't doing heel-toe I dont think. He did it real slow for the camera and it looked like he was hitting the pedal board with the ball of his foot, the "skip" to the top/font end of the board with his ball again really fast, and that's how he did his double. It wasn't heel-toe because he was playing heel up. What's the deal?
Well, what size kick are you using?
for me, since I'm using 28" Kicks, the mallet never touches the center of the drum anyway!
I have my mallets lowered so that 1" of the mallet's shaft sticks out the bottom of the pedal where the mallet goes.
Also, make sure that the mallet shafts are the same length.
I used the Danmar mallets for years, and they used to come in all sorts of different lengths.(They had rotten quality control for awhile.)
There are two reasons I suggest lowering the mallets:
1.It sounds better hitting offcenter! LOL.
Just like in a Tympani the center of the drum is somewhat of a "deadspot".
2. When you are playing heel-toe, the mallet literally only moves about 1" from the head...after all, you can't expect to be flying, and have the mallet move it's regular stroke length. If I'm playing heel up, the mallet moves at least 3"-4".
Having the mallet lower will alos help build up your strength, because you are using less leverage.
I've seen some guys who have their mallets REALLY shortened, and while they could fly, they were getting even less volume out of the kicks.
The guy you are talking about, the guy is using what is sometimes called a "toe slide", or "heel slide", their foot moves up on the pedal to catch the rebound.
That is a modified version of the heel toe technique.
Once you have the motion down, you can move your foot around the pedal and find the sweet spot.
After awhile, you can play the heel toe without actually hitting the pedal with your heel, you can make the motion in the air, which I think might be what Tim Waterson is doing. I'm not sure, I haven't asked him....but you get more volume out of the motion.
In true heel-Toe technique, where you literally hit the pedal with your heel for the rebound, the vlomue is lower than if playing regular heel-up.
That's whay a lot of the Death Metal players wind up triggering.
I have a gate and compressor on the kicks so that I can help squash the louder stuff a little, and raise the lower Heel-Toe volume a bit, but if you do it too much, it starts sounding really "funky", because the compressor destroys the dynamics of the kick too much.
I was going to trigger my kicks, but my Bassplayer of the last 12 years was adamantly against it.
I'm ordering a pair of Axis triggers (They mount on the Axis pedals) and I play to use these to control the "Key" functions of the noise gates, so that the only time the gate will open is when the kick drum is struck, and it will open becauase of the mallet hits the head, instead of based upon what the microphone "hears"...currently, the bass guitar opens the gates sometimes, so I'm trying to end that.