How to Position a Double Bass Pedal?

by Jack Gray

Hi, I have a ludwig drum kit and my toms are mounted to the bass drum.

I want to start playing with a double bass drum pedal but it seems that my kit is not Double bass drum pedal friendly..

Is there any way that i can set up my kit where my hihat is not to far to the left or do I need to learn to be able to play so uncomfortably ?

Or do i have to take one of my toms away to make space for my snare drum and sacrifice the great feeling you have when playing on a standerd kit (three toms including a floor tom )

Please help me - Its driving me nuts!!!

Sleepless - Me


Hi, Jack--

Sorry you are having such a frustration--let's see if we can help:

One of my students was having this sort of problem because he did not realize that the rod which connects the two pedals is adjustable.

Try making this rod shorter and positioning the left bass pedal between the Hi Hat pedal and the legs of the Hi Hat stand. It takes a little bit of experimenting, but you should be able to find a comfortable position.

If this does not solve your problem, please use the comment form for this page and let me know.

Best Wishes!

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Oct 11, 2011
double pedal and hi-hat (urgent)
by: gonçalo

Hi , I just got my double pedal today and i found that its kinda uncomfortable to me to have my left bass drum pedal in between the hi-hat pedal and the leg of the hi-hat.
the possible solution to it was to rotate the legs without changing the position of the hi-hat pedal , But i do not know how to , or if that even works with this hardware.

I really could use some help. I'm going nuts with this.


I don't think it is possible to rotate the legs of the HH stand. You might find that placing the BD pedal between the legs of the HH stand will get more comfortable as you get used to it.

Alternately, you could get a HH stand that has a wider leg base and your foot would be less crowded.


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