HOW To PLAY YOUR KICK With STRENGTH & SPEED w/ Beatdown


I know, man. All of y’all have been real patient You’ve been asking me about a foot technique tutorial and I’ve put it off for a long time. I got about 250 something videos up
on my channel and I think I have one bass drum tutorial. So I finally gave in, man. It’s been long enough. I’m gonna make sure it’s a good one for you. So let’s go. So like I said, man, I got like over 250
some videos up on my channel and I never really touched on foot technique because I’ve never,
to be completely honest with you I’ve never really considered myself
as having a great foot. I mean I can get done what I need to get done but I got some friends man with some alien feet. They can do stuff with a single pedal I’m not that dude.
Like I can’t do any of that stuff. But the funny thing is I’ve been saying this for a long time during that stretch of time my foot has
actually gotten pretty good. So I’m a little confident now I can let you in on some stuff So yeah, we’re going to get into this. I’m gonna give you a really
detailed lesson on how you can build a a great foot for your playing. So this is a lesson for the average drummer, okay? I’m not George Kollias or Thomas Lang or
Thomas Pridgen or Larnell or any one of them dudes. I don’t have that foot but I will show you the mechanics of what you need if you want to get there, that’s cool. The mechanics is the same throughout. This video is just for your average working drummer, weekend jobber, whatever. You just want to build a
nice solid foot with some decent control. I’m gonna show you some really simple
exercises that you can do to build that up. So let’s get right into this lesson
man. So there was one point a few years back where I was having trouble trying
to pull off the stuff that I wanted to pull off. Anything that involved playing like fast doubles or you know quick singles on a single pedal, I could not do.
I couldn’t do for a long time as a matter of fact. One day I made this discovery Changed everything. Fixed it all almost
instantly so that’s what I’m going to show you today So this big thing that I
discovered that changed the game for me is actually a small thing. It’s a very
small thing. And as soon as I did it, it cleaned everything up. It all has to do with your position of the foot on the pedal. So when I would watch all of my
favorite drummers play You know I’m staring at their right foot and everything and I noticed there was a common thread through all of them and it’s that their foot seemed to be just sort of floating on the pedal. And it all has to do with simply raising your heel off the plate just about an inch. So you might be saying to yourself of course it is, right? I mean that’s the whole point
behind playing heel up. But here’s the thing man I never really gave much
thought or attention as to why my heel was up other than the fact that it just
gives me more power. There’s actually way more to it than just that. And that’s
what I’m going to show you right now. As soon as I discovered, as soon as I went
in there and it sort of discovered why my heel was up, the effect that it
had once I, you know started paying attention to it, everything changed. So I need you guys do me a favor for a second, all right? Just humor me for
a second I’m going to show you an illustration. I kind of drew this out real
quick and I want you to look at this and stare at this illustration for the
next 20 seconds. And when you come back I’m gonna explain what’s going on with the foot, show you some exercises and then send you on your way. Now I want you to think about your foot
a little bit different than you’re used to thinking. I want you to think about
your foot as sort of whatever you want; a machine or a switch or whatever. Whatever helps you. But there’s basically two positions, all right? If this is the pedal here actually that’s like that and that’s the pedal and this is your foot when you raise your foot up It’s going to be sitting around parallel to
the floor type of height and another thing too is you want to slide it back around to like the middle of the pedal. Now when you were watching the video off
the top of my playing like it kind of looks like my foot is a little further
up in the middle but it actually isn’t it. It is and it isn’t. The ball of my foot is right smack on the middle of the pedal. it just looks like it’s further up because
you’re seeing the rest of my shoe. But the actual ball of my foot, which is what
I’m using to play the pedal, is like the midpoint of the pedal. All right? So it’s on an angle like that. Your foot, once you raise your heel up about an inch,
it’s now sort of parallel to the floor. Think of this as the on switch or the on position. During play, your foot is going
to stay pretty well in the on position. When you drop your heel down to the
plate, you can think of that as the off position. Now when your foot is in the on
position your ankle is about right here. You want to sort of imagine that there’s a hinge right where your ankle is and that right there is where you’re going to
work the pedal from. So you basically have to learn how to play your pedal from the ankle. Okay? so this is your pivot point and that is where you’re going to start playing the pedal. So when you’re when
your foot is now parallel to the floor now you just have to learn this action here. As far as the pedal, you need to start thinking about your pedal as having the same properties as your stick. If you hold your stick
further back you get more leverage, you get more power. Same thing with the
pedal. That’s why if you want to play with a little more power, you drop your
foot down around halfway. You get a little bit more momentum to swing that beater. The pedal feels a little bit heavier and then that’s where you get
your power from and and all that kind of stuff. And the leverage and the momentum, that’s what’s going to help you get those fast singles. And when you
choke up on the stick, you lose a little bit of leverage but you get a little bit more control But at the same time, again you lose a little bit of volume.
So if you want to play quieter then you’re simply just going to slide
your foot way up, like further up on the pedal. But we’re talking about
something different today. But that’s basically how you want to think about
your pedal. Like it really has the same properties as the stick. So there are
optimum points on the pedal that’ll give you better rebound and all that kind of
stuff. Again, generally around the middle and that’s where you want to be playing
for most of the time. And once you start giving that kind of stuff a little bit more thought things that start to fall into place and become a little bit easier to do. now when your foot again is parallel to the floor,
so if this is the pedal here and your foot is flat like that, I want you to think of this as zero When you drop your heel below that, we’re going to call that negative one. So there’s zero and negative one. During play, zero is the ground floor. So you generally want to make this sort of home position, I guess you can sort of
call it that. Everything that you’re gonna be doing
on that pedal, you don’t really want to go below zero. When you’re doing things like doubles, when I’m playing doubles now, it’s sort of a tap. The first note is a tap and then the second note, I’m dropping
my heel back down to zero. Not back down to the floor. Back to zero.
So my heel is still suspended, that’s just where it’s stopping. Now when I’m
playing doubles on the kick, first note is a tap. So I’m
actually lifting my heel up so we can call that plus one, I guess. Up to sort of tap that first note with the ball of my foot and then drop it back down to zero for that second one.
So you sort of get this thing kind of happening, but again
my heels not dropping below zero when I do that. Now everyone of
course is physically different, right? You hear a lot of drummers talk about the whole sliding foot kind of thing. You might actually find that your foot will
probably just start doing that naturally when you take that approach. When you tap that first note and then slam your foot down to zero, that sort of imaginary
cushion that’s keeping your heel suspended, you might find that for that
second note your foot’s just going to naturally start sliding a little bit.
Some drummers might slide a little bit more. Some a little bit less but the
core principle is the same. Raising your foot and then dropping it back down to
zero for the second the second note. There are basically two movements that
that you have to learn. First one is to be able to work your foot, or work that
pedal from the ankle. Again you want to imagine that hinge right there going straight through your heel and you’re sort of working it from there. That’s how you’re gonna play your singles,
your fast singles. That kind of thing. And then the
doubles thing that I just talked about where you’re raising your your heel up to plus one and then dropping it back down to zero. So there are three
different exercises that I’m going to show you. They’re super simple. You can do
them with really slow tempos because like I said, like I always say, right?
Repetition fixes everything. It’s about muscle memory. Once you learn the
mechanics of this then you can take it as far as you want. You can keep
practicing until you can get as fast as Thomas Lang or whoever else you admire
doing this kind of thing. Or you can just be satisfied with just being good at it. So these exercises are fun. They’re super effective and they’re built for endurance so that you can do it on a repetitive sort of basis. Take breaks,
pick it up again and and do it again. Let’s break these down. I’ll show you these three. This first one that I’m going to show you is targeting your
ability to do singles. This going to work on that that hinge on the
heel and this one super simple. You’re going to play a simple groove
okay? It’s a sixteenth note exercise and you’re going to be playing notes,
single notes in succession. From two to four. First two and then three
and then four and then back down to two. You’re going to do this over and over
and over again. Instead of trying to explain this to
you, I’ll just show it to you and it looks like this. Now the second one I’m going to show you
is a super awesome one for helping you to build that ability to you know tap
that first note and then play that second one by dropping your foot back down to zero. The best exercise or the best groove to play to help you develop
this is sort of the Bossa Nova/Samba type groove. This is super repetitive. You can play it at slow tempos until you get it and then
gradually work your speed up. So you’re going to be playing that sort of rhythm on the bass drum while you’re grooving out sort
of two and four on on the snare. For all my level 42 fans out there this is the
World Machine groove. Now this last exercise I’m going to show
you is going to help you to develop your doubles. This is another super simple
exercise that just involves playing R L Foot Foot, alright? So this one is a 1 bar flip.
We’re gonna break this up because you want to be able to do
this for a good stretch to sort of help you develop it but you don’t want to do
it over and over and over and over and over again. Your foot’s gonna start
burning or you know down here like where your shin is. It’s probably
gonna start burning. So this is cool because you’ll get little breaks the
entire time you’re doing it. What this is, one bar flip like I said and it’s
just simply going to be R Foot L Foot R Foot L Foot RL Foot Foot RL Foot Foot RL Foot Foot RL Foot Foot like this So that’s it man. These three exercises are going to help you to sort of develop the muscle memory and the mechanics that you need to know to help you start working that that foot from the ankle. Again, you’ll want to keep in mind foot position. Drop it down about halfway on
the pedal and be super conscious about keeping your foot at zero. So raising your heel up about an inch so your foot is about parallel to the floor and that’s your on position. That’s where you’re going to start playing from This will eventually become second nature. You won’t really have to think of it anymore.
But that’s the big thing man about playing those fast singles and playing
nice strong doubles and stuff. It really only has to do with raising your heel. There you have it man. That is my foot technique tutorial. it was nice and detailed.
You got a lot of information there. Take it. Run with it. Have some fun with it. Learn it so you can forget it. Thanks for watching this video. Share it if you dig it, of course. Like. Subscribe. See you next video.

100 Replies to “HOW To PLAY YOUR KICK With STRENGTH & SPEED w/ Beatdown”

  1. HEY EVERYBODY! Hope you enjoy this lesson, man. When I finished editing it I gave it one final watch and thought 'Yep. This is one of my favourite ones' Please share it if you dig it! And keep sheddin'. We're all just over here tryin' to get better 🤓🥁

  2. Thanks Rob for sharing, your videos are always helpful. One drummer I think had great bass drum technique was Diamond of the Ohio Players man he could kick those grooves and bass drum triplets .

  3. Would like to hear more about the bass drum pad/patch you have and also a little about spring tension.

  4. Thank you Rob!!! I use this for my practice and warm up. Also dropped my beater back with lots of slack for maximum thumpification. I've been playing 30 years and man this video took my foot control to a new level. My worship team loves it especially on those hillsong/ bethel builds. Thanks again.

  5. OK, I'm struggling with speed. I'm watching this at 10:30 on my driveway watching and getting excited. I want to go wake up the neighbors trying this out (but I'll wait until tomorrow). 🙂

  6. – I'm caught in a dream .. inside Rob's drum 'machine' 😀 .. Great tutorial Rob sir .. Love Depeche Mode too 🙂

  7. Great stuff and thanks for the time trip " inside the World Machine " . You know " preachers preach and teachers teach" but there is no evolution . You are doing neither . Your 'tell it like you do it' style is what is needed to help others evolve as drummers . Keep it icy cool man and help others "get caught in that dream" ! L42 a great jazz fusion band in the late 70s that kind of lost their way a little . Good to see Mr King back on planet earth again .

  8. i have always been challenged in this area but does this have to do with your sitting to hang your foot an inch over strains the top leg part…..also what kind of resistance does the bass pedal spring have?

  9. wow this is a dream come true lesson for me cos I have been searching for this a long time. thanks man.%

  10. Ex 1 sounds a lot like a Little Feat tune. "Spanish Moon", live, on Waiting For Columbus (vinyl is only place to hear the real ending, it's a fade out on cd). Great beat. Great vid!

  11. Sir i have one question.. When you push the pedal with your foot do you use fingers down style or your fingers are straight with foot? Thanks and you are great,your videos helped me alot..Greetings from Macedonia

  12. Rob are your pedals chain..or direct drive…jus bought yamaha doubles…also have flying dragons…direct feels kinda weird…what do you think is goin on with the feel..thx rob

  13. Thanks..as always a great lesson..just a note that might help. Check gene hoglan. I have adopted what does, and use ankle weights. Like a batter on deck or using heavy sticks to practice.

  14. Merci Rob, I am an autodidact who plays in rock band without any technical info like this, You improve my way to play drums. i enjoy to play and practice more and more THANKS A LOT!

  15. O…M…G……!!! I couldn’t wait and practiced overnight for several hours after watching this video. I’ve tried to work on other methods before . However, for the first time in my life, I finally begin to feel secure and consistent on my Doubles. Gigantic THANKS to you maestro Rob. I know I’ll check out every single video of yours! Love ya!!!

  16. This video was a big help! I just got back playing drums after a ten+ years absence, and my feet feel really sluggish. This "simple" change has had a positive effect… I know it's going to take some time getting back to where I was, but this definitely helped. Thanks!

  17. Awesome. Just a suggestion. I see you have a double pedal. That same principle should be applied to the left foot also and demonstrated. I like your exercise and I'll apply it to my work out with both pedals. Thanks for sharing.

  18. thank you, i'll try that, i'm stuck with my foot it's so anoying, i can't seem to make any progress nevertheless i'm working hard on it

  19. Thanks so much for all that was very helpful,, maybe if you get enough request for the high hat would be cool fast 16th notes, I know it's kind of an automatic thing, but like the foot I would like to be more consistent and have full control.. for the record I think you're a world-class drummer, I love your playing..

  20. Nice staff here man and i want to say too (if you let me) that the finally meaning of this video is that the position of the foot is connected with the power you need on playing so the position can't ever be the same.It's controlled to the playing and depends to the music that you playing and with the how to manage the power of your foots at every music but for consistency and stable volume all players must play with the heel up method to groove well and dynamics is perfect with that!

  21. I notice you're dropping your heel at the end of each burst. This is what I default to on my right foot and my right foot is really sloppy. My left foot (which has slowly beefed up on years of just playing 2 & 4) drops the heel first and feels like it's more in control. I can't get my right foot to do that. Does that make sense? Have you ever experimented with playing [heel, toe, toe^n] instead of [toe, toe^n, heel]? Regardless, finding the zero point above the pedal is already helping a lot. Thank you for your content.

  22. Just starting out to become a drummer (63yrs old, lifelong conga player, percussionist), but wanting be tasty, technically proficient, and have a good "clock". THANK YOU for sharing your knowledge, especially with kick pedal technique. Your exercises are straightforward, challenging, and encouraging. Keep doing it, man!!!

  23. QUICK QUESTION, I bought 2 drum tec silent beaters, which are foam and plastic but I find theyre kind of light, would you recommend shaft counter weights to give them that swingy feel?

  24. Love your honest and sincere approach to teaching. Thanks so much for sharing your gift! And level 42? Just scored you a "subscribe"!

  25. does anyone here know a channel that does good bass guitar tutorials ??
    Been looking round but can't find anything descent

  26. Hello Rob… man you are the Best with your various videos. BTW… I See you have some extra Vic Firth Stick bags. Do you think you could spare one for an old school drummer who is slowly building back up his drum kit? Thank you bro!

  27. Awesome videos man they’re really helpful. I’ve only been drumming for 8 months and I’ve learned a lot from you. I’m progressing quickly and I will be trying this out tomorrow.

  28. Rob Brown your fucking awesome. The drums are an incredibly complex instrument to play let alone master. You've nailed it.

  29. Question: Does your beater line up dead center of your bass drum? I'd like mine to but in order for the beater weight to feel right it has to be on the long side which puts it more towards the top of the head (not WAY up but definitely not centered).

  30. Thx for the video, simple but very helpful. What kind of kit do you have? I'm looking for a nice (preferably inexpensive if possible) Birch Kit. Any suggestions?

  31. Hello from Argentina!! Very nice video, you are clear, fun and realistic. Helpful at all levels.
    As beginner I'am, thanks for remember to all: Practice makes perfect.
    Good work!!!

  32. Bro I normally play medium tension.. But I play alot of doubles and triples (played as 16th note triplet)… And I feel that if u put it very light like you do… The sound of the kick changes and it's more light.. I don't feel it's punchy anymore… That's why I put it medium tension..

    I have a single pedal iron cobra 200… So maybe the spring tension changes from pedal to pedal???

    Thanks.. And again thanks for your videos

  33. Very detailed and simplified lesson at the same time! Perfect technique, working on it already! Thank you so much Rob!!

  34. Man thank you so much for your videos they are so good in giving the best ways to improve a person's drum skills you are awesome thank you so much

  35. At the end of the day all the useful and important kwolage and improve I made is from this channel. Ty bro

  36. you, dear sir, are a baws! thx! doing the slide technique now which is great for a fast double stroke, like in metal, but I seem to lack control for a steady groove. with the technique you are showing I might be able to get it down and the position I currently use is almost the same. again thank you Sir!!

  37. "Inside this world machine"
    I really like these exercises! My weakness is the last exercise, but now I wanna bust that album out and play along to "Coup d'etat"

  38. Ive made a point to teach myself the drums with the help of small technical tweaks from videos like this. Rob, you and stephen taylor are probably the best on YouTube. Thanks bro

  39. Awesome video, detailed but extremely simple to practice. Thanks Rob for uploading this. Continue the good work.

  40. Your video's are by far the best Drumming Lesson Vid's on Youtube, the way you explain everything and also talk about and admit that some Drummers may feel playing differently is easier for them, such as myself……………….i am 52 and have been playing Professionally for about 30 years, i also admit that you can never stop learning.
    It may be because double pedals were not out at the time of my learning to play or because i never could afford a double pedal even if they were out………….myself i find heel down is the best for me to play faster on a Single Pedal, it just comes Naturally to me, the ball of my foot is in the same place on the pedal as your's is, just my heel is down, i guess it is Different strokes for different folk's ( No pun intended………or just a little Pun :)………………
    Also you are one of the few Pro Drummers ( That i know of ), except for Shannon Larkin and Sully Erna that use the Yamaha * Flying Dragon Direct Drive * Pedal……..I had the same pedal but it was a Single Chain Drive, and i loved that pedal, don't know why i sold it, but just a question, obviously your choice in pedals makes a difference in performance to a point, also how you tune or tighten your batter skin of your Bass has a large reaction on how fast the mallet returns, i use an 11mm Batter on my 26" Bass and a 14mm on the reso side with no Porting or Muffling, it just sounds better that way to me, and all the people i meet at shows tell me how powerful my bass sounds, i guess it was just a fluke when i tightened my Bass skins that way ?
    Keep up the great work Rob.
    ** CHEERS **

  41. My kick drum chops improved immediately after if not during this vid. Thnx for all the helpful tip for taps and such. Best wishes 🍻

  42. I can’t wait to try this tomorrow. My foot work needs improvement for sure. Well….. that and a lot of other bad habits I’m working out. But dude, since I began watching your videos I have cleaned up my form more than ever before. Keep on rocking bro! P.S those who disliked this video have their reasons, but I’m willing to bet they are quitters.

  43. Been practicing this lesson for what I thought was maybe 20 min until I realized an hour has passed. Once you plug into this lesson it really gets you zoned in, or at least it did me. Killing it bro🤙🏻. Thank you again Rob.

  44. I don't use to write comments on youtube videos, but I decided do to it on this one. I just wanna thank you man for this video. Ive been playing drums for 20 years, I ve never thought this little change on my foot technique could improve that much the way I play. I was kind of frustrated about some thing on my groove, my fills and some other stuff. GUYS, having a strong and solid foot technique change everything, even your tempo.
    THANKS SO MUCH ROB !!

  45. Ok. I'm subbing. I've watched a few videos and they're all focused, positive, and informative. I'm a metal guy, but i think it's important learn from all the styles. …more tools in the tool box, you know. And the double stroke is a serious weak point for me. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

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