Rimshots: How Important Are They?

nick jett

Nick Jett
Age 29
Drumming Experience 18 years
Band Terror
“Almost every time I hit the snare, I use the middle of my stick to hit the rim. It gives the snare hit a crack and more volume. I gotta compete with the loud guitars on stage.”

carlos verduga

Carlos Verdugo
Age 26
Drumming Experience 14 years
Band Tribal Seeds
“Rimshots are a very important aspect to my drumming. The rimshot allows me to change up the rhythm, sound, and overall texture of any song we’re droppin’.”

daniel williams

Daniel Williams
Age 25
Drumming Experience 10 years
Band The Devil Wears Prada
“Most definitely. Using dynamics is an important part of music for any drummer, and rimshots are simply the climax.”

xavier muriel

Xavier Muriel
Age 44
Drumming Experience 33 years
Band Buck Cherry
“As a rock drummer rimshots are a huge part of my playing. It increases volume and tone on not only the snare but rack and floors as well.”

kevin marks

Kevin Marks
Age 34
Drumming Experience 18 years
Band JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound
“I use them primarily when we break down a section of a song, otherwise I prefer the sound of a regular snare hit.”


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  • Rim Shots are cool & are great for accents.
    I use them on all drums not just the snare. They can sound real cool on the floor tom, especially if you move the stick length of the hitting surface that’s being struck.
    This will change the pitch of the sound, making it sound ALMOST like a timpani drum on the floor tom or a timbale on a 10” tom.
    The tricky part is making sure you strike the rim & the drum head constantly, without missing any when you intend to hit a rim shot.
    I also use a flat stick on my ride cymbal or 18” & 16” crashes & hi hats.
    Doing a flat stick on any cymbal produces an explosive sound.
    The flat stick technique could be thought of as a rim shot for a cymbal.
    It’s the loudest sound you’ll get from the cymbal because of the larger surface area striking the cymbal & can be anywhere from 2” to 4” compared to just the diameter of the drumsticks tip or shoulder.
    You don’t need to strike it with much force to produce an extremely loud sound.