Bass Drum Pedal Guide

There are many aspects that make a bass drum pedal good or bad depending on the styles of drumming. It is important to know what exactly someone is looking for from a bass drum pedal.

        There exist 3 main types of bass drum pedals, namely:

        1) Direct driven

        2) Chain driven

        3) Belt driven

        Each component has its own advantages and disadvantages. It all depends on what style of music you are playing and personal feel towards a pedal. When comparing these different types of pedals, it’s important to realize that the only difference is the connection between your Pedal and the Beater.

        Direct Drive



        – No lag.

        – Very durable.

        – Little or no maintenance required.


        – Little adjustability

        – Extremely mechanical feel

        Chain Drive



–       Very little lag

–       Durable

–       Adjustable


–       Needs regular cleaning

–       Makes unwanted noise

Belt Drive



–       Fast

–       Light in weight


–       Less durable compared to Drive or Chain drive

–       Unwanted lag is present


Once you have made the right choice for yourself, the next most important detail to check for is the adjustability. A good bass drum pedal will let you adjust any aspect of the pedal that feels uncomfortable! Some arrangements within the pedal that need to be adjusted by the player would be: Beater height, Beater action, Foot-board angle, Spring tension, Lateral positioning, and Horizontal positioning of your beater, to make it comfortable for their playing style.

With all these points set to their perfect playing conditions, you are ready to rock your performance! 

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