The flat foot technique is a hybrid between the heel-up and the heel-down technique. It’s especially useful for playing fast single strokes with your feet. In this free drum lesson, Sean Lang goes over the flat foot technique with an in-depth analysis of its mechanics. He also teaches some cool ways of practicing the flat foot technique when you’re not behind a drum set.
If you’d like to learn some exercises for developing the flat foot technique, check part #2 of the free drum lesson “Bass Drum Speed Techniques“. Once you’re able to play a clean sounding single stroke roll with the flat foot technique, move on to the free drum lesson “Double Bass Drum Beats“. Take a couple of exercises from that free drum lesson and play the foot patterns at half the speed using heel-up or heel-down every other measure. The measures in between are to be played at full speed with the flat foot technique. This is a great way of practicing the transitions between the different foot techniques, but playing the exercises from the live drum lesson on the flat foot technique will be even better.
If you’d like to further your knowledge on foot technique check the “Bass Drum Boot Camp“. There, you’ll be introduced to foot techniques that the world’s fastest drummers use to achieve maximum speed, power, and control.
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