Double Bass Pedal Settings, Tips & Tricks

In this video I want to show you a couple tips and tricks about setting up

your double pedals. The different tensions, the distance the beater height and stuff

like that because it is important. After all these are what's playing what our feet are trying to do right, so you want that to translate properly into your drumming.

These are the Axis Percussion AL 2 longboards. For years I played the Tama Iron Cobra power glide pedals. Those are dual chain driven and these are a direct link system.. so it was quite it was quite different going from chain to direct drive because there was a lot less slack per se in the movement of the foot board.

Basically what I'm trying to say is that you don't need really expensive pedals to be a good double pedal player. I played on the iron Cobras for the better part of a decade, and I still have them but they're in a bunch of pieces because I managed to break them, and they're no longer usable. I'm gonna show you guys spring tension.

As you can see they're pretty tight so this thing here is called a micro tensioner and the more you turn this thing the more it's going to tighten here. So, basically I have this thing about half way up and this is on my slave pedal and it's actually pretty tight by hand. But, I want it to match my right one even though my right foot is stronger I feel like my spring tension should be equal because my feet should be equal and that's what we're trying to accomplish.

Here is the main pedal here you can see the spring tension is about the same on this one this is just to help the second micro tensioner is to help compensate for the loss of power in this drive shaft. There's just a little bit of tension on here too to help with the lag so to speak so the thing that I want to talk about spring tension is that the more you tighten up your springs so the tighter the springs are on your double pedals the less control you're gonna have. Basically the pedal is like as tight as possible you're gonna have all the rebound coming back every time you lift up your foot and it's gonna detect every subtle little movement you have on the footboard.

When you tighten the springs like that sure you can go faster but you're not going to have as much control you got to try and find the happy medium in between, and that's exactly why I'm playing between the highest tension and the lowest tension. Tt's about a medium tension I would say.

As far as foot positioning goes you can see where it's worn out here I put my foot about in the center of the foot pedal because I find that's where I get the most rebound. That's where I can play with the most ease is at the center on the long boards. As may you know as your feet slide back on the pedal you can still make a motion. However, you need to make a smaller and harder motion with your foot to get the same sound out of your kick drum. Of course if you go in the opposite direction, you can go all the way to the top of the foot board, but the tension is going to be even higher. You're going to have less control here because you don't get the full range of motion from your foot board going up and down like this.

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