Published November 24, 2010
Although backsticking was originally developed for use by drum corp drummers for visual excitement, it looks just as cool behind the drumset. If you missed either of the previous two lessons, be sure to work on them before attempting this one. Let's check out the written notation followed by the video demo.
There are many variations in backsticking in addition to those I demonstrate on this video. I encourage you to research them all and find one that you feel the most comfortable with. When applying backsticking to the drumset, you can easily see which of these two sticking patterns are easier to perform at faster speeds. As with any sticking pattern, the key is to practice very slowly at first. Don't be in a rush to gain speed or you may find your technique becoming sloppy. The difference between the amateur and the pro drummer is precision and control at
Once you can perform this backsticking pattern cleanly and up to speed, work on it again with the sticking reversed. Just because you are using backsticking doesn't mean that you should feel any added tension in your arms or wrists. This is especially important when you apply backsticking to the drumset. Try to stay loose and relaxed as you flip your sticks around. If you are having trouble playing cleanly and without getting tense, refer to my Web site at http://www.TensionFreeDrumming.com for more on drumming without tension.
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Until next time: Have fun and stay loose!
Tiger Bill Meligari