Toe or Heel?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by RichardW, Dec 2, 2021.

  1. Tapping my toes

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  2. Tapping my heel

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  1. RichardW


    Feb 25, 2016
    near Philly
    When I perform, I find I keep time by raising and lowering my heel, while keeping my toes on the ground. I think this method is in the minority, based on what I often see others do, but who knows?

    What say you?
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  2. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    I rarely tap my foot, but when I do, its a heel tap.
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  3. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    I use both...or neither.
  4. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
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  5. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    If I did tap, I'd tap like this.

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  6. SoonerBill

    SoonerBill Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2017
    Oddly I tap my right toe on each beat and my left toe on the first beat of each bar. And don't realize I'm doing it unless I think about it.
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  7. mrcbass


    Jan 14, 2016
    Sacramento, CA
    I don't always tap my foot, but when I do, it could be either heel or toe - would just depend on where my balance is.

    I don't think I actively tap my foot unless I'm shedding a complicated rhythm.
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  8. If I tap it's a heel tap.

    On the odd occasion that I feel we're drifting overall I pick up my whole foot. Kind of a cue we've worked out that the other two know to watch for and pay attention to.
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  9. RichardW


    Feb 25, 2016
    near Philly
    My BL will do this if we start to get off tempo. Everyone knows to look for the stomping foot, LOL.
  10. growlypants


    Nov 10, 2012
    Heel. (Unless it's the toe...);)
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  11. WillyW

    WillyW l’art pour l’art, fonction de baise

    Dec 10, 2019
    stolen from another thread...

  12. dave64o

    dave64o Talkbass Top 10 all time lowest talent/gear ratio! Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2000
    Southern NJ
    Rarely toes. Heel the majority of the time.

    But sometimes the whole foot.
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  13. bass12

    bass12 Have You Met Grace Jones?

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    Toes but if my foot starts to cramp up I'll switch to heel.
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  14. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    LOL, was a time I just duct taped a small tambourine to the toe of my left shoe.
  15. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    I’d say just use whatever way works for you and not worry about it. :)
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  16. SoonerBill

    SoonerBill Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2017
    The whole foot comments made me think of a Allman Bros acoustic video of Melissa that I really love. Both Gregg Allman and Dickie Betts tap their whole foot. But not anywhere near the beat.
  17. CallMeAl


    Dec 2, 2016
    Ithaca Ny
    Toe sitting, heel standing.

    I was in marching band. “Mark time” is when you alternate L-R heels, like marching in place (but ball stays on the ground). I have a pretty strong internal rhythm, but when needed it’s a variation on this. (Sounds similar to what you are doing).
  18. mdogs

    mdogs Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2010
    Constant state of flux
    I don't usually tap, but if I do it is the heel, I expect the drummer to be keeping the time. But, on those occasions where they get off, they will surely see me kind of nodding my head to the actual beat.
  19. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    I'm a head bopper
  20. Bass4ThePublic

    Bass4ThePublic Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2019
    Kansas City
    One or the other. I don’t really notice because I prefer to have my whole body moving with the music, helps my time and the audience likes it haha.
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