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Heel Up vs Heel Down bass drum technique

I was recently talking to a student who had taken lessons from another drum teacher for a while and the concept of bass drum technique came up. I was taught by my drum teachers that heel up is great for loud bass drum hits and heel down is great for a lighter touch or “feathering” the drum. My student told

me that her previous teacher insisted on heel down. It got me thinking because I never want to assume that I know the right answer about things like this. I found this great article from Tom Tom magazine that I think puts the whole debate into context. I think I will continue to use heel up for louder bigger hits, and heel down a lighter touch, but I may rethink the way I’ve been “burying the beater” I’d love to know what you think about this!

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