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Education

For the list of musical terms, see here.

Exercises are available for most of the techniques listed here. See Practice page.

Strokes

  • Full stroke
  • Up stroke
  • Down stroke
  • Tap stroke
  • Dead (Buzz)

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Additionally, there are rimshots, involving hitting the rim and the head at the same time. In jazz, the rimshot sound can be simualted by placing one stick onto the head and hitting it with the other one.

Articulation

Staccato - firm; usually a down stroke. Accent/Tap & Staccato Stroke by 2 Drum Guys (link).

Legato - relaxed; full stroke

Tenuto - natural decay

Links:

  • Legato vs Staccato for timpani (link), uses upstroke for staccato.

The (non-definitive) list

Fundamentals

  • Drum setup (About Setting Up the Kit - Comfort and Balance, link)
  • Posture, arms, wrists, figers
  • Stick, holding the stick, fulcrum (Gordy link)
  • Grip:
    • traditional,
    • German,
    • French

Technique

Overall: Marko (link).

Instruments

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