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Should I rest the bass drum beater on the skin or in air when playing a drum kit?

I've been playing the drums for almost 18 years now, so here's my two cents: This is definitely a matter of preference, and has to do with how you use your foot to strike the bass drum. Generally ...
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How quickly can a [skilled, professional] percussionist switch between tam-tam and bass drum?

Just a measley college freshman, but I think in this very specific instance that this would be perfectly OK. I've played parts doing this in much worst circumstances. My only concern would be what is/(...
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Is the 808 sound used as a drum or a bass?

The 808 was an early drum machine and has many sounds. One of the more famous sounds is the bass drum which I believe there were several of, varying in length. Since these were not real drum sounds ...
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How fast is the BPM should you start to use double bass pedal?

Working on single kick drum technique is akin to practicing your single strokes with one hand or a wind player practicing their single tonguing. At some point it's easier to bounce or double-tongue. ...
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Do DJs ever use a third track to keep a third kick going for several songs or even entire sets? Or is the effect of "silkiness" achieved another way?

Using a third channel as a loop bed to be used as a foundation for decks 1 & 2 transitions is not uncommon. The fluid transitions are the result of EQ mixing. Which can be done by gradually ...
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Is the 808 sound used as a drum or a bass?

Thus spoke Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roland_TR-808 The Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer, commonly known as the 808, is a drum machine manufactured by the Roland Corporation between ...
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What are the attachments used for on this bass drum?

That's actually not a snare drum but a “huge-diaphragm microphone”. This was a gimmick some studio engineers built out of, indeed, a snare drum shell by mounting a subwoofer in it instead of the drum ...
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Need help playing 16th notes on bass drum

First off, you shouldn't be discouraged to continue playing over not being able to play patterns you haven't worked on before. New patterns are generally going to be very difficult at first because ...
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Is there different bass pedal sizes?

As Stated in the comments, any pedal would likely fit the kit you linked to One thing I'd say first is for Metal and Heavy music you may require a Double Kick pedal. This will still work on the kit ...
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Metronome count problem left foot

Staying balanced while moving both feet essentially comes down to proper setup and practice. If your drum seat is set too low or too high that could cause balance problems. Experiment with your seat ...
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Metronome count problem left foot

Practice slowly and accurately to a metronome click. Check with your teacher that you aren't doing anything silly. If you haven't got a teacher, get one, if only for a few consultation lessons.
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Best way to practice bass (drum) technique without a bass drum

I used to use a regular kick drum pedal attached to a Yamaha electronic kit standalone bass drum pad. At least you can practice dynamics on the pedal/kick drum more effectively this way. You may be ...
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How fast is the BPM should you start to use double bass pedal?

A few comments from someone who has been playing about five years but can't play 16ths on the kick at that speed... Double bass is a whole realm of technique on its own. Just as getting single stroke ...
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Are kevlar straps on bass drum pedals reliable?

I have two pedals with straps and I've only had one strap break on me ever. I find chain drives too stiff and I vastly prefer the feel and responsiveness of a strap pedal.
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Is the 808 sound used as a drum or a bass?

Trap producers (along with practioners of many other and earlier styles) revere the sounds of the old Roland TR-808 drum machine, particularly the bass drum. They use it 'as is', and they process it ...
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How to get faster and better on bass drum pedal

For fast playing on the bass drum, people usually use one of the heel-up techniques. That way, similar to a Moeller stroke with hands, one can utilize up- and down-motion of the foot. There are two ...
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Is burying the beater a bad thing?

I think it's a good idea to learn to not rely on burying the beater. As already discussed, holding the beater against drum head dampens the drum. It is a different sound, and if you prefer it or the ...
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Is burying the beater a bad thing?

You're resting your foot a bit more than lightly if the beater rests on the head. You're overcoming the effect of the spring, which will take some weight. There's a subtle damping that will go on - ...
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Is burying the beater a bad thing?

It's a personal preference. There are loads of famous and well-respected drummers who play each way. That said, I personally think it is better to play off the head, ie don't bury the beater. So, I ...
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In double kick playing, which foot should match with snare?

Disclaimer: I'm neither a drummer, nor do I play very much metal Don't make it a habit to always connect the same foot with the snare. Good metal drummers have a high degree of independence between ...
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Is the 808 sound used as a drum or a bass?

The TR-808, and other machines in the TR series were drum machines. The TR is an acronym for "Transistor Rhythm". Another machine in the TR series, TR-606, was designed to be paired up with the ...
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Heel up technique

There is no "right" answer. You can use both techniques you mentioned, depending on the end goal. Playing with a whole leg vs foot-only can create a huge difference in dynamics, i.e. accents. Also, ...
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Heel up technique

It's up to your own preference, but I have never seen a drummer solely use his ankle to strike the kick drum. This seems rather exhausting to me. I mainly use the muscles of my upper leg to lift the ...
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How fast is the BPM should you start to use double bass pedal?

I used to do 16th notes pretty consistently on single right foot at about 100 bpm when after about 5 years of playing. On double peddle my left foot lagged and could only do consistent 80 bpm but I ...
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Drums - Having trouble playing bass 16th notes

Double kick pedals are not specific to 32nd notes! It also makes playing 8th, 16th and 32nd notes far easier to play... your best bet is to get one and practice using two feet. you are essentially ...
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