Tiger Bill’s Speed Lesson #76: Backsticking Speed Tricks of the Trade - Part 1

By Tiger Bill Meligari Published July 2, 2010

Backsticking was originally developed for use by drum corps drummers to add visual excitement to their performance. The goal of the next three lessons are to help you apply backsticking to the drumset not only to add an exciting visual effect but for the sound effect as well. Let's start by looking at the written notation and then the video demonstration.

Video Lesson
There are many variations in backsticking in addition to the one I demonstrate on the video. I encourage you to research them all and find one that you feel most comfortable with. 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 is precision and control at all times!

Practice Tips
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 anywhere in your arms or wrists. Try to stay relaxed while flipping the sticks around. The backsticking pattern I'm using is made up of single strokes, which are particular difficult to play while backsticking but it's a great place to start. Once I show you some tricks of the backsticking trade in the next lesson, you'll be able to perform this exercise much faster with a lot less effort! If you find you're having trouble playing cleanly and without getting tense, refer to my Web site at www.TensionFreeDrumming.com.

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Until next time: Have fun and stay loose!

Tiger Bill Meligari