DIFFERENT DRUM APPLICATIONS: 1.2 RIM SHOTS

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RIM SHOTS

THE APPLICATION OF A “NORMAL” DRUM STROKE TECHNIQUE IS ACHIEVED BY ONE PLACING THE HEAD OF ONE’S DRUM STICK RIGHT IN THE CENTER OF THE DRUM HEAD AND STRIKING THE DRUM HEAD.

APPLICATION 1.2 RIM SHOTS TO HAVE THE DRUM STICK STRIKE THE RIM OF THE DRUM (SNARE DRUM) THIS TECHNIQUE IS REFERRED TO AS A “RIM SHOT” AND WILL BE DESCRIBED BELOW.

RIM SHOTS:  HOW TO HOLD THE DRUM STICK

ONE CREATES THE NECESSARY MOTION FOR THE RIM SHOT TECHNIQUE BY “TURNING” THE DRUM STICK IN YOUR LEFT HAND AROUND SO THAT THE “BUTT END OF THE STICK” (WIDER END OF THE DRUM STICK) EXTENDS OFF OVER THE DRUM HEAD TO ONE’S RIGHT – ABOUT FOUR OR FIVE INCHES OVER THE OUTSIDE OF THE RIM - WHILE THE “TIP END OF THE STICK” (NARROWER END OF THE DRUM STICK) IS ABOUT IN THE CENTER OF THE DRUM.

FOR THE RIM SHOT, ONE ALWAYS KEEPS THE HEAD OF THE DRUM STICK ON THE DRUM SKIN WHILE LIFTING THE DRUM STICK USING THE MATCH GRIP TECHNIQUE (EXPLAINED ELSEWHERE).

ABOUT ONE-HALF INCH OR LESS OF THE BUTT END OF THE STICK IS THEN USED TO TAP ON THE RIM.

BY VIRTUE OF THE POSITIONING OF THE DRUM STICK, AS DESCRIBED ABOVE, THE APPLICATION OF THE RIM SHOT TECHNIQUE PRODUCES A SOFT CLICKING SOUND SINCE THE SOUND IS GENERATED THROUGH THE DRUM STICK INTO THE SKIN OF THE DRUM HEAD.

DEPENDING ON YOUR ATTACK AND WERE YOU HAVE THE OVER HANG OF THE STICK MODIFIES AND MODULATES THE SOUND THAT WILL BE PRODUCED.

AS YOU EXPERIMENT AND PRACTICE WITH THE APPLICATION OF THE RIM SHOT TECHNIQUE, GENERATE THE SOUND THAT YOU THINK BEST ACHIEVES THAT WHICH YOU ARE MUSICALLY TRYING TO CONVEY TO THE LISTENER.

EVERYONE’S APPRECIATION AS TO THE SOUND BEING HEARD DIFFERS FROM PERSON TO PERSON. SO, TRY TO MAINTAIN YOUR MUSICAL INTEGRITY AND CREATE THE SOUND THAT YOU FEEL IS CONDUCIVE TO THE SONG’S MESSAGE AND THE BEAT FROM WITHIN.

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