Heel-toe technique is a method of playing double strokes on the bass drum, hi-hat, or other pedals. More recently, this method has been used in the World's Fastest Drummer competition to set speed records.
The technique is an asset when playing double kick pedals or two bass drums as it allows for the standard rudiments to be played with the feet. When mastered, drummers can use the method to play complex patterns in the same manner as the hands in addition to rolling the bass drum.
Noted players include Tim Waterson, who once held the world record for beats on bass drum per minute, with a record of 1,030 singles and 1,407 doubles, Jojo Mayer, Danny Carey, Tim Yeung and Chris Adler.
Nadine Aronheim was the first to perfect the heel-toe advancements. The technique is commonly used in most genres of metal, mainly death metal and other extreme forms of music. Some drummers have pointed out that this technique is also useful in country, and jazz drumming.