Tim Waterson

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Tim Waterson
Instruments Bass drum

Tim Waterson is a Canadian drummer [1] who holds the world record for the fastest number of double strokes on a bass drum using a double pedal, with a record of 1,407 in one minute (January 22, 2002). [2] [3]



Waterson started an organization to promote speed drumming as a sport. [4] In 2006 he performed 1,075 single-stroke rolls on a bass drum in 60 seconds. [4]

In 2007 Waterson released a two-DVD set, Techniques, Motions and Applications for Bass Drum Playing.

Waterson uses the heel-toe technique [5] and also invented the pump technique for fast single strokes. His use of the Vruk heel pedal system enables him to perform a modified version of heel-toe playing. Tim is profiled in the book Believe the Unbelievable by Bartley Press.

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