Who can twirl their sticks?

Drumolator

Platinum Member
I can, but I play mostly at church. It would not be appropriate. Peace and goodwill.
 

mikyok

Platinum Member
Not something I've ever really got into, I can twiddle and throw and catch em but not like the drum corp guys.

Bit pointless for kit playing. Nobody sees it most of the time!
 

DrumEatDrum

Platinum Member
As a teenager in the 80s, learning to twirl seemed like a prerequisite to being a drummer. LoL. Plus it was something you could practice at night without disturbing anyone.

But then the 90s happened, and twirling fell out of favor. So I can, but I never really did it IN a band.
 

BruceW

Senior Member
I can do a stick "flip", for lack of a better term (kind of a twirl, it goes around once completely) with my right hand reasonably well, and do it occasionally on stage, more for my amusement than people liable to see it.

I cannot do the rock-star twirly thingy
 

pgm554

Platinum Member
Dick Cavett to Buddy Rich,Charlie Watts can twirl his sticks.
Buddy to Dick, yeah but I can play.
 

dwsabianguy

Senior Member
I use it every once in a while. Depends on the gig, what I'm doing, what the vibe is, etc., but if I'm playing in a sort of flashy dance-y type band, I'll throw in some little twirls here and there as eye candy. You have to make sure your playing doesn't suffer from it, but a little bit of showmanship never hurt nobody.
 

iCe

Silver Member
I'm a master of the fake twirl :p
Rarely do it though and only proficient enough with my right hand. If i do it, it's most of the time a quick twirl before i fall into the song. Or during a quick break.
Besides that: i hardly do it, but if there is enough room above me i love to do a rimshot and propel the stick upwards after a song.
 

Naigewron

Platinum Member
Stick twirling is great fun.

My most used trick is flipping the stick backwards as I lift it up; I believe this is sometimes called the "gospel twirl". It's a really simple and effective little twirl that doesn't mess with your grip and is quick enough to do while lifting the stick off a snare hit or crash.

I also like the fake twirl, but I'm usually not comfortable enough to do that between hits.

Here's a clip from an old music video shoot where you can see the gospel twirl in action. Once the snare backbeat comes in, I do it a few times in a row when lifting my left hand off the snare


You can also kind of see it in this video, but the light show makes it hard to make out what's going on. It's a nice display of my rock moves in general though: Stick twirls, big arm movements, alternating hands on crash grooves, crossing my arms to hit two crashes and just generally pointing at the audience to get them engaged. We're on stage to entertain, after all, so it's important to never look boring or bored. Stick tricks can be a great tool to achieve that; it's no different than any other "rock moves" that other band members do. The difference is that they're standing up and can strut around, while the drummer needs to do other stuff to look cool.

Edit: I actually do a long fake twirl before I start to play too, I just noticed, at around the 14 second mark. The gospel twirling is probably most visible after 3:50

 
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SomeBadDrummer

Platinum Member
Not something I've ever really got into, I can twiddle and throw and catch em but not like the drum corp guys.
I agree, the only time I ever really did any 'fancy stick twirling' was in the marching corps but it was limited to cross sticking and not much tossing or spinning, we left that mostly to the majorettes.
Bit pointless for kit playing. Nobody sees it most of the time!
Truth
 
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