Brush Methods Of The Masters

Adding The Right Hand

Now you have a strong legato and staccato foundation in your left hand. In this next section there are three different types of right-hand patterns: The staccato sweep, a three note legato pattern, and a tapping rhythm used for traditional swing.


As you did with the left hand, sweep back and forth with the right hand.


Ex. 4


Fig. 7

The Funny 2

This next right-hand pattern has three direction changes. Using the German grip, start on the top left side of the drum. Sweep this three-note pattern, which I call the Funny 2, from top to bottom. It has three direction changes: Top, middle, and bottom. Each note equals a direction change. Lift the brush on the & of beat 2 and return to the starting position and start the pattern on beat 3. (Ex. 5) For a more driving sound, change the Funny 2 into a Z pattern.


Ex. 5 Right Hand Legato Pattern

1 & 2 Lift


Fig. 8

Right-Hand Taps: Traditional Swing Pattern

The third right-hand pattern, Ex. 6, is a non-sweeping pattern. Use the French grip, which is best for tapping, for this pattern. This grip, also called a timpani grip, has the thumb nail facing upward. Tap each of the notes with the tip of the brush. Start this pattern on the right side then over to the middle area. Once you are comfortable set your metronome to 60 bpm. This pattern will be used for medium to fast tempos.


Ex. 6


Fig. 9

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