How To Coax 7 Sounds From 1 Cymbal

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Fig. 4. Edge Ping. Hold the stick an inch away from the tip so that most of it dangles below your pinky. Strike the edge of the cymbal with the gripping section of the stick, just above the butt-end. This creates another type of bell sound that is much more focused and delicate than Fig. 3.

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Fig. 5. Lathe Scrape. Hold the stick so that the butt-end touches the cymbal just below the bell, then scrape the butt down toward the edge, while letting the cymbal resonate. This will create a sharp sweeping sound that is great for occasional effects.

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Fig. 6. Crescendo. Using the shoulder of both sticks, play a soft roll on the cymbal edge that builds up in volume. Stop rolling and pull away the sticks when the volume reaches its peak, allowing the sound to gradually diminish. Use this effect to create ambience during atmospheric passages.

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Fig. 7. Cymbal Choke. Crash the cymbal as you would in Ex. 2, and then immediately grab the edge. This creates a sharp accent that is even more percussive when played in tandem with a bass drum hit.

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