According to the Drumming System, the slide technique is a great technique for playing fast doubles back to back on the bass drum.
Here’s how the technique works:
- You need a good bass drum pedal. Avoid a “hand me down” pedal, a pedal with duct tape and elastics, a no name brand pedal, and a beginner pedal.
- Adjust the spring tension until it feels comfortable. The spring adjustment on most pedals today is self-explanatory.
- Find the tension that works for you. It can be tight, medium, or loose.
- Decide on the proper footwear to wear. Some drummers play with bare feet. One challenge with this is that your feet can really stick to the pedals in warmer temperatures. Also, some pedals have raised metal on the footboard, which can tear your skin (unless you have caveman feet). Heavier shoes (basketball sneakers and boots) are meant to stick to the ground. The Drumming System suggests finding a shoe that slides on a rug…even if it means doing the moonwalk in a shoe store.
- The slide technique is simply allowing your foot to slide easily down and up the pedal (not like being on ice though).
- Start back further than you would normally play on the pedal.
- Step down for initial stroke then move slightly forward.
- Think “down up” – “down up” – “down up” – “down up”.
- It’s a weird little trick. Have the discipline to sit their and try to get two notes as fast you can. “Da Da” “Da Da” “Da Da” “Da Da”. It takes time to get control of this.
- Keep in mind that this is good for fast playing. If the speed is slow, it’s not necessary. Think of it as a double stroke roll for your foot.