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Drum 
Tips

Some inspiration...

+ This video shows you exactly what we're aiming for...

 

And you can get there through your hard work and with perfect practice.

Tips for All Drummers

As a Bay Rat or Mice, it doesn't matter if you play bass, cymbal, tenor, or snare... we expect you to be able to learn how to play your basic rudiments, rolls, flams, accents, and with different dynamics (stick heights) and proper playing technique.  If you have any questions or need help, let us know!  :D

Snare Technique

Some Notes

+ We will be using a staccato stroke and it will be extremely rare when we use a legato stroke.  Power comes from control.  Rolls, flams, and even the advanced rudiments can be played with staccato, it just takes practice.

Locking Rolls

Some Notes

+ This video goes through how to fix your dirty rolls so that the result is a line of perfectly aligned snares.  Key concepts are relaxation and stick heights.

Breaking Down Roll Exercises

Some Notes

+ Similar to above.  Watch those stick heights and stay relaxed.

Snare Technique Reference

Some Notes

+ The video shows the Cavaliers snare drummers playing fast and in control without excessive finger movement. Note how relaxed they are as they play faster.

+ This video is part of a playlist with more snare reference

Tips for Snares

Tips for Tenors

Tenor Technique

Some Notes

+ We will be using a staccato stroke and it will be extremely rare when we use a legato stroke.  Power comes from control.  Rolls, flams, and even the advanced rudiments in combination with sweeps can be played with staccato, it just takes practice.

+ Never allow your fingers to leave the stick for any reason.  Floppy fingers cause sloppy sound. :)

How to Crossover

Some Notes

+ Mastering this will allow you to play all the fancy things snare drummers play, but around five drums.

Highway to the Playing Zones

Some Notes

+ Remember, your playing zones are designed to give you the ability to play extremely fast and precise with very little movement around the drum.  Playing outside those zones increases your playing fatigue since your arms are doing extra work- the result is that your arms get tired quicker.

Playing with Speed 

Some Notes

+ The speed displayed in the video comes from control of the staccato strokes and extreme control of the legato ones while minimizing arm movement.

Remember: "With great speed, comes great responsibility."

Tips for Basses

Technique for Holding Mallets

Some Notes

+ There are two techniques for holding bass drum mallets in this video.  We will ONLY be using the technique known as "Wrist Rotation".

Hitting the Drum

Some Notes

+ Same as above- we'll use the "Wrist Rotation" technique.

Doing the Splits

Some Notes

+ Know your parts.

Splits played with music

Some Notes

+ None of the music they are playing is especially difficult or hard to do.  It simply looks impressive because the parts are split.  When watching this video, pay attention to a single bass drummer and try to following along with the music.

Tips for Cymbals

The Garfield Grip

Note: These videos are apart of a fantastic series on playing the cymbals.  We will adopt these techniques.

Some Notes

+ There are many types of techniques for holding the cymbals.  We will use the Garfield Grip for the majority of our playing.

Carrying Positions

Some Notes

+ This shows you the different positions of holding your cymbals.

Parade Rest

Some Notes

+ Watch how 'snappy' the movements are getting to attention and parade rest and back.

Crashes

Some Notes

+ Again, the movements are snappy and controlled.

Extras

University of Southern Mississippi

Web Links

Blast! Drumline Battle

Top Secret Drumline... shh...

All woman Korean Drumline... rocking it

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