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Playing The Zones

By Anthony Geluso Originally Published in DRUM! Magazine's June 2007 Issue

If you want to expand your arsenal of sounds without draining your wallet, take advantage of the tonal variations available from playing zones on your drum. Here are a few options.

1) Center Zone. Powerful attack, quick decay.

2) Middle Zone. The most resonance, great area for buzz rolls. More snare response when you play directly over the snares.

3) Edge Zone. Great to use when playing quietly. Expect little snare response.

4) Snares Off. While not technically a “zone,” it is a very different sound option. Use this when playing African, Latin, or other ethnic rhythms. Try playing the three zones with the snares off or on your toms for other sound possibilities.

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