According to the Drumming System, many drummers make the mistake of focusing more on their hands than their feet. In fact, it’s easy to get so caught up in hand technique, that you forget about your feet. An example of this is when you see a drummer whose hi hat foot is only trained to hold it down.
Good bass drum technique and hi hat technique are essential to becoming a well rounded drummer.
If feet are your weakness, the Drumming System suggests reducing the time you spend on hands to work on bass drum technique and hi hat technique. It’s important to keep in mind that the legs and feet have more muscles (and larger muscles) than the hands.
For myself, I have always made it a point to work on my feet. I believe that foot technique actually begins with balance. If you can’t balance yourself on a drum throne, then it doesn’t matter what you practice with your feet. As young children, we’re trained to shift our weight to our legs while sitting. This is what keeps us from falling out of chairs. As a drummer, you must learn to shift your weight to your butt. This will allow your feet to be free to play without having to support your weight. It’s also important to keep in mind that techniques used to play the bass drum are different from the techniques used to play the hi hat. They are two completely different instruments.
One of the many benefits of playing the drums is the release of “happy chemicals” to your brain from tapping your feet. Maybe this explains why it feels so good to play grooves that keep your feet busy.