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    I am not a drummer but our band is having a tough time keeping bass drummers. We do have a small bass (actually, I think, a large tenor drum) but still most of the people who have played it either switch to pipes or snare or drop out all together. We did have a strapping big fellow who played but just left the band for family medical reasons. Are there any devices that could help someone carry the bass without having to bear the entire weight?

  • #2
    Can you be more specific? Do you mean rollers with a stand? Or you'd want the drummer to indeed carry the entire drum weight but in a more ergonomic fashion?

    Andrew
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    • #3
      I was thinking some sort of rolling support. There may also be an issue with supporting the drum while standing for a performance. As far as I know, the harness used is fairly ergonomic, holding the drum close to the body, but I have never tried it so don't know for sure.

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      • #4
        Our bass drummer is a slender lady in her 50s and has no issue with the shoulder bracket thingy (I think the one to which you're referring). Like a caber, I think it's as much about balance (as in distributing the weight). That said, I've often wondered if there is a rod, with one wheel, that could be attached at the bottom to provide more support without being quite as obvious.

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        • #5
          As a bass drummer who has transitioned from dog collar, to harness, to Kilpatrick harness (still working on that one to be comfortable), to my knowledge there really isn't a way to carry and play the bass while moving unless it's attached to you (or you're sitting/standing on a parade float and it's on a stand...I kind of like that idea for a parade since our bass is 18x28).

          Pretty much bass drummers need to work on strengthening their core if possible, which helps alleviate back issues and lessens the focus on the fact they're carrying this big ol' thing and focusses on how much fun you could have supporting all the sections. It's not an instrument for everyone, but we are the heartbeat of the band, whether the rest believe it or not.

          Do you write scores for your bass? If they are a new drummer, but not given much direction, that may bump the frustration level as it may seem "everyone else" is having more fun? Hard to say. Maybe rotate your tenors on and off bass will get more people comfortable playing it? It sounds like the drum size isn't an issue, so maybe the perception of the role itself within the band?
          Margaret

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Margaret View Post
            Pretty much bass drummers need to work on strengthening their core if possible, which helps alleviate back issues and lessens the focus on the fact they're carrying this big ol' thing and focusses on how much fun you could have supporting all the sections. It's not an instrument for everyone, but we are the heartbeat of the band, whether the rest believe it or not.

            Do you write scores for your bass? If they are a new drummer, but not given much direction, that may bump the frustration level as it may seem "everyone else" is having more fun? Hard to say. Maybe rotate your tenors on and off bass will get more people comfortable playing it? It sounds like the drum size isn't an issue, so maybe the perception of the role itself within the band?
            Hear, hear on being the heartbeat! And great advice, to boot!

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            • #7
              Thanks, all!! I will pass this on to our bass drummer. Hopefully she will be able to continue providing that heart beat!!

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