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No. 1 Posted on Jan 18, 2013 9:42 AM Profile | PM | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
I use a combination of the slide and flat foot. How about all of you?


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No. 2 Posted on Jan 23, 2013 7:51 AM Profile | PM | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
I play "heel up" most of the time. Sometimes though, there are some parts of songs that I like to play heel down, I have better control of the volume this way.

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No. 3 Posted on Jan 23, 2013 2:23 PM Profile | PM | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
I mix heel-up and heel-down reactively, but it includes some side-to-side wiggling. I do jam the toe of the shoe* up to the strap/chain for leverage (trying to quickly pivot at the ankle with the heel off the board a bit - emphasis on 'trying' Smile ).

My joints only operate to a certain degree Big Smile

( * - Shoes only : Can't play barefoot or in just socks )


OldFart edited on Jan 24, 2013 7:48 AM

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No. 4 Posted on Jan 23, 2013 2:38 PM Profile | PM | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
OldFart wrote:

( * - Shoes only : Can't play barefoot or in just socks )

At least I'm not the only one who thinks shoes on is better than no shoes.Smile



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No. 5 Posted on Jan 23, 2013 3:10 PM Profile | PM | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
I mostly use heel-up, but will use heel down if what I'm playing doesn't call for much bass drum or to naturally hold myself back dynamically. And I try to wear shoes when playing as much as I can.


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No. 6 Posted on Jan 26, 2013 12:11 PM Profile | PM | Email | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
I use heel down or high heel down (LOL!); I wear Western boots when I play.

Probably the most comfortable shoes Iíve ever worn are these, when not playing:

http://www.skechers.com/style/76848/work-shape-ups-x-wear-slip-resistant/blk

I recently had soles repaired on the boots and they were in the shop for a week. Wearing the Shechers during gigs was not a happy time for me. They are like walking on a soft rubber ball with hardly any heel at all.

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No. 7 Posted on Jan 30, 2013 6:34 PM Profile | PM | Email | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
I use heel up most of time and heel down moeller


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No. 8 Posted on Feb 6, 2013 11:58 AM Profile | PM | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
I play mostly heel up, and I have a stroke and then a slide technique. For some odd reason, my ankle doesn't pivot like how Dave Weckl's does.

I'll play heel down for extremely light stuff.



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No. 9 Posted on Feb 7, 2013 8:36 AM Profile | PM | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
I play heel-down 99% of the time. Don't like the sound of playing into the head, which I find difficult to avoid playing heel-up.




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