That sounds like a great idea. I'll have to give a try.A trick I like to use when using brushes is to hang a string of sizzle beads on a large crash or my ride.
That's great to hear! It's becoming a lost art but it's a drumming tradition that is definitely worth keeping alive! I'm sure lots of guys on this site are still into brush playing but I don't see many cats out on the scene using brushes regularly so it's another technique that will make your playing more versatile and will make you more unique in your local scene. Best wishes!I'm doing almost all my solo kit practice with brushes now.
Sorry to disappoint, but I'm not actually playing brushes in a traditional way. For the most part, I'm just using them like sticks to get a lower volume. I'm a garage rocker but a good friend plays acoustic guitar in the "American Primitive" style. It's nice being able to jam with him once in a while, without him needing an amp. I like practicing with brushes just to keep the volume down. I tried an e-kit first, but couldn't stand it. I always felt that the e-kit was a data entry tool, not a musical instrument.It's becoming a lost art but it's a drumming tradition that is definitely worth keeping alive!
Haha, I'm not disappointed. You gotta do your own thing! I've used this technique for low level rock / blues / country / in just the manner you suggest. Playing patterns like rudiments, triplet, and roll patterns with brushes still gives it that extra brush "fuzz" sound and it's good for building your strength because you won't be so dependent upon rebound since brushes don't give you any. If you did ever want to transition from this approach to a more traditional brush concept, you would just need to incorporate some lateral motion as you play the normal up and down strokes. Then you will have the brush fuzz and a little sideways scrape effect added in. Might be fun to try as you experiment with the different textures but like I said, do your own thing and enjoy! Lots of freedom in brush playing and the neighbors are less likely to call the cops!Sorry to disappoint, but I'm not actually playing brushes in a traditional way.
When I was doing research online, I got the impression that almost every brush player has their own unique approach. I have a tendency to reinvent the wheel, so that might serve me well for this project....after months of struggles, came up what works best for me.
Brass is not harder than steel.I got over the wire on cymbal issue last night. You can get a bomba or guiro type sound on a Zildjian A with the ridges. How enthusiastic can you get with that, and not damage the cymbal? I know brass is harder than steel, so it should withstand some scraping.
Anyone tried the brushes with a long wooden handle?I see some videos of drummers playing with brushes and getting stick-like sounds. It looks like they're using the same technique they'd use with sticks, and they're getting almost the same sound, just quieter and softer. Usually they're using clear heads, so they're using the brushes to get a distinct drum sound, not a scraping brush sound.
How do they do that?
At first I thought they must be using triggers, but no. Then I thought they were just playing with tremendous snap, but I don't think that's it. No matter how hard I whip the brush, I don't get a sound anything like that.
Now I think they're actually burying the brush into the head, so the end of the handle is hitting the drum head, and most of the volume and articulation is coming from the handle, not the brushes.
Can anyone shed light on this?
That was NICE. I’m going to steal that off-beat splash thing he’s doing on the hats.Are you new to playing brushes? If so,slightly changing how you hold the brushes to avoid pulling the brushes in, might be the solution. Have a look at how Joe Morello does it:
Thanks, I am new to brushes, yes. I'm not trying to emulate classic brush technique, just get a mellow sound with a stripped back kit for a country/rock band I'm rehearsing with.Are you new to playing brushes? If so,slightly changing how you hold the brushes to avoid pulling the brushes in, might be the solution. Have a look at how Joe Morello does it:
I've had some Regal Tip brushes with a wooden handle but I no longer use them because it's easy to bend them during transport.
Another idea if you want to play them like sticks: The white Vic Firth's are rather heavy and stiff - it takes more force to move them within the handle. For the purple model VF model, there are two settings to have different amounts of spread and they also stay in place.