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Old 08-08-2018, 01:22 AM
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Does anyone know anything about the history of brushes? When they were first used and anything known about the brush itself or its utilization. It dawned on me as I was checking out my recommended Clifford Brown and Max Roach album, I know nothing about brushes. Come to think of it, I dont know the origin of the drumstick either. Would love to be schooled or booted in the arse and told to go google it. Thanks guys, sorry if in wrong area or been discussed, didnt see in my search.
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Old 08-08-2018, 01:44 AM
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I assume a drummer kept getting told to play more and more quietly until he grabbed a paintbrush or some straws and started playing with them as a joke. It ended up sounding good, and the rest is history. LOL

I have no idea.
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Old 08-08-2018, 01:56 AM
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History would tell you i believe that military drumming would have been involved in the evolution somehow. i believe broomcorn was used in the civil war, similar to broomsticks.https://youtu.be/VV48lKweT_I
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Old 08-08-2018, 05:46 PM
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Thank you Grunt...I knew it had to have been covered at some point. Very interesting. I would've thought maybe it was first used on those early recordings where a snare hit with a stick would make the needle jump or whatever and mess up the recording. Thanks for your help all
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Does anyone know anything about the history of brushes? ...
I wouldn┤t worry about this too much, you see, much of the forum is about anecdotes, etc. but very little about REAL playing.

At the end ALL you┤ll be able to find is GOSIP (people repeating without knowing the veracity) hardly "corraboratable" about this subject, instead: INVEST YOUR TIME on learning how to play awesome with brushes AND STICKS, looks to me like a PRAGMATIC approach...
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Old 08-08-2018, 06:51 PM
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Not exactly the "history" of brush playing... But this is my favorite ted talk and it includes brushes the whole time. Captivating and inspiring.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ja1ucnGURXo

Fun fact, because of our own Uncle Larry, I own that exact snare and play it every day! Yay!
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Old 08-08-2018, 06:57 PM
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Thanks Doc, that was awesome!
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