Stick Twirling

paul c

Member
if its what you need to do, just learn to do it...its not hard. im sure there are plenty of websites out there to show you how to do it!
 
I never quite understood the appeal of stick twirling...but different strokes for different folks...

Is it like baton twirling?
 

drumgeek93

Senior Member
Check out Thomas Lang, or Jojo Mayers latest DVD. It shows some great methods, putting stick tricks to good use.
 

latzanimal

Silver Member
Nobody has mentioned that our drumming forefathers used to twirl...

Look at some of the old videos here on DW. Krupa, Bellson, etc...

Music is to entertain. Somewhere along the way someone got a little too serious about it. While you watch the old videos, notice that ALL of those guys are having fun (except maybe Buddy, lol) and they project that fun to the audience. Sure they've got great chops, but they take it to the next level. People hear more with their eyes than they'll ever hear with their ears....

Don't worry about not doing it tho, for every night you don't, there is a guy with better chops than you, who can sing better than you, and play the harp better than you waiting to take your gig.........and he twirls....

Have fun with this....
 
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JPW

Silver Member
Nobody has mentioned that our drumming forefathers used to twirl...

Look at some of the old videos here on DW. Krupa, Bellson, etc...

Music is to entertain. Somewhere along the way someone got a little too serious about it. While you watch the old videos, notice that ALL of those guys are having fun (except maybe Buddy, lol) and they project that fun to the audience. Sure they've got great chops, but they take it to the next level. People hear more with their eyes than they'll ever hear with their ears....

Don't worry about not doing it tho, for very night you don't, there is a guy with better chops than you, who can sing better than you, and play the harp better than you waiting to take your gig.........and he twirls....

Have fun with this....
Times have changed though. We don't have so much time to fool around anymore. If I have to decide what to practice, it's always something relating to music. I might twirl some sticks when I haven't got a pad with me and I'm traveling. It also depends what kind of music you play. Would be quite far from the point if you played some really depressing emo post rock and then middle of it all start to twirl some sticks.
 

latzanimal

Silver Member
Times have changed though. We don't have so much time to fool around anymore. If I have to decide what to practice, it's always something relating to music. I might twirl some sticks when I haven't got a pad with me and I'm traveling. It also depends what kind of music you play. Would be quite far from the point if you played some really depressing emo post rock and then middle of it all start to twirl some sticks.
He's already said it was/is a classic rock resort/casino gig.. Again, not to worry, somebody who can play better than you will take your gig if you aren't willing to do what it takes....

Besides, Pete was looking when he found this band. Bands are like busses, there will be another along any minute.....
 

BassDriver

Silver Member
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IulqIuXIrYY

This guy is insane, check out the twirling in the first minute of video and at 4:00-4:10.

...at 6:00 the drummer juggles THREE STICKS AT ONCE!.........WHILE GROOVING!!

He just grooves....and the cowbellz "MOAR COWBELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1"

Okay, some inspiration, now off to the internet to learn some tricking.
 

oneguy

Senior Member
Hell yes....why not? Every once in awhile during the easy spot of the song you hit the snare and raise your left hand straight up and give it the "fake" then right back on the snare....crowd will love it and wouldn't know the difference. Of course if you're doing some J. Geils you may be too busy.....lol.
 

azrae1l

Silver Member
yeah the juggling was cool, the stick twirling not so much, but i had a guy i shared a studio with a while back that would show off with the stick twirling thing constantly so i'm probably just not impressed with it any more. the juggling one was impressive and one hell of a drummer to boot...
 

Concrete Pete

Senior Member
Hey Crew,

Update--
That band--"Loose Change" has not only never mentioned "stick twirling" again, but has been a home-run band to be in for me. As far as the "showmanship" aspect goes, I have done a few things that have become a kinda trademark for "showoffishness" when we gig.

On songs like "Runnin' Down A dream" (Tom Petty) I do heavy double bass riffs (5/4) throughout the whole song, and on a few other songs ( like "Pearl Neclace"--ZZ Top) I've been known to stand up and do do "standing" solos while keeping my feet working on the bass pedals, too. (not as easy as it sounds, believe me--toes only on the pedals!)

Another "showy" thing I do (yes, it's vain, and cocky) is close the hi-hats with the drop clutch, hold my left hand in the air (holding the stick) and alternately play the hi-hat and snare with one hand while doing double bass riffs with both feet. Sometimes I whip the left stick around in the air like I'm hitting "ghost drums and cymbals
That's about as "showoffish" as I'm going to get--hell, I'm 52, and that's all an "old geezer" like me is going to do to impress the audience...

I bought a nice mic boom stand and use a SM57 mic now for vocals, and leave the headset mic at home--it was losing sound quality.

BTW, I still try and twirl sticks now and then, and am officially the worst stick twirler in the Western Hemisphere-- I'm DANGEROUS!

Cheers,
C. P.
 

2bsticks

Platinum Member
Hey Pete sounds like your having fun and that's what really matters. And don't let the 52 year old thing get in the way. I'm 56 and still working on flash. Behind the back flip, I'm at about 80% succes rate at that one. Regular toss in the air about 90% success rate and the most recent is bouncing the stick off the snare and catch it as it bounces back up. Using your right hand, throw the stick, butt head first at an angle and it will fly back and in MOST cases not all it will take off and head to your right. The band members get a kick out of it and really laugh when I screw up. As long as I do it where it won't effect the music in a negative way.
 
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