P.O.V.: Go-To Cymbal Patterns

“What’s your ’go-to’ pattern for the ride cymbal?”

steve brown

Steve Brown
Age 40
Years Playing 25
Band Oleander

“With Oleander, I use a pretty basic ride pattern: quarter-notes, wide open. I like a ride that can also be used as a crash as well, so it can be loud and proud!”

danny thompson

Danny Thompson
Age 45
Years Playing 30
Bands Face To Face, Why We Kill

“The good old rock and roll eighth-note. That’s still the classic driving pattern that fits the style of music that I play most often. However, in my metal band [Why We Kill] I play a lot of triplet-based patterns utilizing a combination of cymbal bell accents against a ghost-noted snare pattern. Being a huge Stewart Copeland fan, I have to get some interesting cymbal bell work in whenever I can.”

michael miley

Michael Miley
Age 23
Years Playing 19
Band Rival Sons

“First of all, I don’t even own a ride cymbal, but I use a Paiste 2002 Wild Crash, with the nice bell. And it’s always straight eighths for me, and on the bell usually. Even as possible, stiff wrists and all.”

ron lipnicki

Ron Lipnicki
Age 43
Years Playing 31
Band Overkill

“My go-to pattern for the ride is a mixed sticking of RLLR LLRL RLLR LRLL with the right hand on bell and I try to move left-hand accents on toms and 2 and 4 on snare. I’m also adding a second ride on the left side to do hand-foot combinations between.”

jesse marquardt

Jesse Marquardt
Age 30
Years Playing 22
Band Winslow

“I wouldn’t say that I have a ’go-to’ pattern, but I definitely have a special love for Latin music. Whenever I can infuse a clave beat, the music seems to get a different life. That is definitely one of the tricks I keep up my sleeve.”