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    does anyone know why ppl who play drums have thier kick drum tilted, meaning the legs on the kick drum are pulled all the way out to make the front of the kick drum at a tilted position. ive seen displays of drums in music stores that are like this as well as ppl i know of doin this, any idea why this is or is thier a reason for it. tilted enough to put ur fingers underneath the front of the kick drum.

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    It's so there is less distance between the hammer of the bass pedal and the drum head, it gives you more potential speed and power on the bass for less energy.

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    Jbuzz, it also gives more projection to the sound. Much like elevating speakers off the floor, onto a stand.
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    Ahhh I understand this now. It does, however sound like kind of a cheap method. Putting that extra bit of effort into using a kick normally creates alot of beneficial leg strengthening.
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    ok, that does make sense. thought thier was a reason for it, juss wasnt sure
    thx for the info Shazane, Pastor Bob, 32nd

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    Quote Originally Posted by 32ndHeartBeat View Post
    Ahhh I understand this now. It does, however sound like kind of a cheap method. Putting that extra bit of effort into using a kick normally creates alot of beneficial leg strengthening.
    You should be able to generate enough power on your own, but it comes into play at high speeds, where you would need to sacrifice power, without a trigger it works pretty well for amplification, and if you don't play that fast it still projects the sound well.

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    yeah, dave weckle taught me that one, i didnt really notice the change, but a any positive change to help inhance a drummers proformacne is a good change! taught me over youtube btw lol.

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    i saw that video on youtube and tryed it and loved the diferance.
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    Eh, I'll stick to traditional drum set positioning for now. I'd be afraid that I'd get to used to putting in little effort and then be stuck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lafirin View Post
    yeah, dave weckle taught me that one, i didnt really notice the change, but a any positive change to help inhance a drummers proformacne is a good change! taught me over youtube btw lol.
    same for me. thnx dave!!!!! however i didnt have youtube in 1988. i had to accually buy the back to basics video tape

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    I do it to lift the drum of the floor similar to reducing the contact points. the drum contacts the floor at the pedal point and the two spurs on either side. I don't have any muffling in my bass drum other than a super kick II and a little bit of felt adheared to my resonant head. It sounds like a cannon instead of a stuffed thud!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by funkymcstain View Post
    same for me. thnx dave!!!!! however i didnt have youtube in 1988. i had to accually buy the back to basics video tape
    LOL right on man

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    Quote Originally Posted by 32ndHeartBeat View Post
    Eh, I'll stick to traditional drum set positioning for now. I'd be afraid that I'd get to used to putting in little effort and then be stuck.
    But that's silly. If you're afraid of putting too little effort into your playing, simply because you've made it easier to do something, then that's just...weird. You've made it easier to do something so therefore you can expand upon it and get so much better at it.
    Anyway it just seems weird when you don't have it elevated...most beaters are set into a default position that benefit an elevated kick drum.
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    I can't imagine; no more degree of tilt that you can get with the bass drum spurs, that it would make any difference for your bass drum pedal. It does however make a difference in resonance. Mine sounds more open in a controlled kind of way. I know that makes no sense unless you hear it, so you'll just have to take it at that. But that is the real benifit I can see. I learned that on a Dave Wekal (sp) DVD. He satated that was his reason for tilting it and I thought I would try it and he was right!

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    I was told to raise the front of the bass drum about 1 hands width off the floor. This reduces contact points and improves resonance. I hadn't heard about the pedal being easier, because it's closer to the head. I guess that makes sense.
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    Ive also heard that doing this you can bend the hoop of your bass
    drum because the pedal clamped down is putting pressure to push it down

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