Apr
17

Feet Warm-Up

Author // Lukasz "Lucass" Krzesiewicz
Posted in // Drumming Lessons

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 Learning how to ‘fly

George Kollias, Derek Roddy, Tim Yeung… Everyone of us – death metal drummers, dreams about achieving the speed and double bass technique those guys present in their playing. The recipe is very simple: practice, practice and PRACTICE! There is no shortcut.

Playing fast and consistent single stroke double bass has always been my weakest point. I may say, I never had any problems with my hands when it comes to speed, accuracy or stamina. It actually came to me quite easily. Only periodical access to drums forced me to train my hands whenever I could, mainly by means of playing along each and every record I could hear. This way, I subconsciously made my hands rock-solid and lightning-fast. On the other hand, practicing with my bare feet against the floor allowed me to go pretty fast but not faster than 230, maybe 235 bpm. That was definately NOT ENOUGH! Some years back,I found myself in a dead-end point where I stated: ‘ok, my feet suck, they won’t go any faster’. Therefore, I had to find a way to break the barriers by any other means than single strokes. Then I discovered the mighty heel-toe doubles. Mastered them in about two weeks or so to the level that allowed me to go way over 260bpm for more than 60 seconds. Since then, the heel-toe technique became my main way to play double bass. YET!
Being finally able to spend as much time as I want on playing drums, I decided to finally learn how to ‘fly’ with my feet using single strokes. If the guys I mentioned in the very beginning of the present article CAN do it, why CAN’T I? WTF? How am I worse? I’m not handicaped – just on contrary, I had the best results in any possible sport discipline as a youngster… Including swimming 😛
So, the routine began. I put tons of emphasis on the actual power of the strokes, the beater distance (so it’s not tapping), comfort and equal performance of both of  my feet. Another crucial factor is bilaterality, both righ and left should be able to lead the beat – both should be equally fast and strong. Remember, you’re as good as the worst part of you – I don’t want ANY of my limbs be worse than other, therefore I train them all alike. Before we move on to the presentation: practice every day, be patient, work out your own routines, don’t practice the things you’re good at, go forward and set you bar higher and higher. That’s the key. That’s how you’ll learn to fly in a very short period of time.

Many people asked me about my warm-up/practice routines for double bass. Here it is. A short video depicting a few exercises I use to warm up my feet with:

Well, that’s it for now. See you soon again!

Luc

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Lukasz "Lucass" Krzesiewicz

Hi everyone! My name is Lukasz Krzesiewicz – but people know me as Lucass. I am the drummer of Polish death/grind band GNIDA. Besides, I'm a drumming educator and a live/studio session musiacian - I play various music in different Polish and foreign bands. I was born in 1986 and I’ve been playing drums since Mai 2000. My favourite genres are death metal, grindcore and heavy metal. Enjoy the page and don't hesitate to get in touch with me! Luc

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