By Tiger Bill Meligari Published August 2, 2010
Last month I demonstrated a backsticking pattern using single stroke sticking. This time I'll show you how a little change in sticking pattern can make your backsticking a whole lot faster and easier to play! Take a look at the written notation and then watch the video demonstration.
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. As you alternate between the tip and butt end of the stick, strive to maintain an even triplet sound!
Once you can perform this backsticking pattern cleanly and up to speed, work on it again with the sticking reversed. Try to stay loose and relaxed while performing this exercise. This will become even more critical next month when we apply our backsticking to the drumset! If you find you're having trouble playing cleanly without getting tense, refer to my Web site at http://www.TensionFreeDrumming.com.
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Until next time: Have fun and stay loose!
Tiger Bill Meligari