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How do you choke a cymbal?

You choke a cymbal by grabbing it with your hand immediately after crashing it with a stick, which creates a quick, explosive accent.

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How do you feather a bass drum?

You feather a bass drum by striking it very lightly with your bass drum beater. This technique is most commonly used in jazz swing drumming, although not exclusively.

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What is a ghost note?

Ghost or ghosted notes are soft grace notes played within a pattern between primary accented notes, such as between the 2 and 4 of a backbeat. They are typically played on the snare drum but can be applied to the entire kit to add an extra degree of phrasing to a pattern. Ghost notes are typically played as single hits or short buzz rolls.

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What is double bass drumming?

Double bass drumming involves bass drum beats and fills played by both feet, either on two bass drums or a single bass drum fitted with a double pedal.

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What are rudiments?

Rudiments are basic patterns played by two hands, which comprise the building blocks of more complex patterns and drumming coordination.

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What is a drum fill?

A drum fill is typically used as a transition between two parts of a song. It normally appears at the end of musical phrases, and is often played as a quick figure on the drums that ends with a cymbal crash, although many possible variations exist.

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What is a backbeat?

A backbeat is played on beats 2 and 4, most typically on the snare drum, although drummers occasionally voice the backbeat on other parts of the drum set, such as the bass drum in “one-drop” reggae.

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What does “sticking” mean?

Patterns phrased by both hands are referred to as “stickings,” and are made up of rudiments. Stickings can also be used to describe patterns played by both feet, or by the feet and hands played together.

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What is a rimshot?

A rimshot is a stick stroke that strikes the drumhead and counterhoop simultaneously, which brightens the sound and increases volume. They are typically played on snare drums, although they can also be played on toms.

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What is a rim click?

A rim click involves resting your backbeat hand on the snare batter head while striking the counterhoop with your sticks, which produces a woody clicking sound. Drummers very often turn the stick around while playing rim clicks, so that the butt end strikes the counterhoop, which produces a thicker tone. See side stick.

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How do I play a single stroke roll?

See the Essential Rudiments single stroke roll video.

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What is a sidestick?

See rim click.

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How do I play a single stroke four?

See the Essential Rudiments single stroke four video.

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How do I play a single stroke seven?

See the Essential Rudiments single stroke seven video.

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How do I play a multiple bounce roll?

See the Essential Rudiments multiple bounce roll video.

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How do I play a triple-stroke roll?

See the Essential Rudiments triple-stroke roll.

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How do I play a double-stroke roll?

See the Essential Rudiments double-stroke roll video.

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How do I play a five-stroke roll?

See the Essential Rudiments five-stroke roll video.

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How do I play a six-stroke roll?

See the Essential Rudiments six-stroke roll video.

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How do I play a seven-stroke roll?

See the Essential Rudiments seven-stroke roll video.

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How do I play a nine-stroke roll?

See the Essential Rudiments nine-stroke roll video.

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How do I play a ten-stroke roll?

See the Essential Rudiments ten-stroke roll video.

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How do I play an eleven-stroke roll?

See the Essential Rudiments eleven-stroke roll video.

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How do I play a thirteen-stroke roll?

See the Essential Rudiments thirteen-stroke roll video.

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How do I play a fifteen-stroke roll?

See the Essential Rudiments fifteen-stroke roll video.

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How do I play a seventeen-stroke roll?

See the Essential Rudiments seventeen-stroke roll video.

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How do I play a single paradiddle?

See the Essential Rudiments single paradiddle video.

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How do I play a double paradiddle?

See the Essential Rudiments double paradiddle video.

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How do I play a triple paradiddle?

See the Essential Rudiments triple paradiddle video.

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How do I play a flam?

See the Essential Rudiments flam video.

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How do I play a flam accent?

See the Essential Rudiments flam accent video.

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How do I play a flam tap?

See the Essential Rudiments flam tap video.

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How do I play a flamacue?

See the Essential Rudiments flamacue video.

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How do I play a flam paradiddle?

See the Essential Rudiments flam paradiddle video.

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How do I play a single flamed mill?

See the Essential Rudiments single flamed mill video.

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How do I play a flam paradiddle-diddle?

See the Essential Rudiments flam paradiddle-diddle video.

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How do I play a pataflafla?

See the Essential Rudiments pataflafla video.

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How do I play a Swiss army triplet?

See the Essential Rudiments Swiss army triplet video.

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How do I play an inverted flam tap?

See the Essential Rudiments inverted flam tap video.

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How do I play a flam drag?

See the Essential Rudiments flam drag video.

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How do I play a drag?

See the Essential Rudiments drag video.

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How do I play a single drag tap?

See the Essential Rudiments single drag tap video.

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How do I play a double drag tap?

See the Essential Rudiments double drag tap video.

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How do I play Lesson 25?

See the Essential Rudiments Lesson 25 video.

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How do I play a dragadiddle?

See the Essential Rudiments dragadiddle video.

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How do I play drag paradiddle #1?

See the Essential Rudiments drag paradiddle #1 video.

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How do I play drag paradiddle #2?

See the Essential Rudiments drag paradiddle #2 video.

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How do I play a single ratamacue?

See the Essential Rudiments single ratamacue video.

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How do I play a double ratamacue?

See the Essential Rudiments double ratamacue video.

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How do I play a triple ratamacue?

See the Essential Rudiments triple ratamacue video.

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