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Drumming Tricks: Flash And Flair At The Back Of The Stage
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Rock concerts are great, not only for the music, but also to watch the drummer to see what new tricks he has come up with. Variations on rhythms, new ways to work a kick pedal, flipping his sticks without missing a beat are all fabulous and interesting ways for the drummer to get in his licks but to kick it up a notch in the flash department as well.

In the marching band world, the drummer often gets forgotten until the formation falls flat and no one can stay in line. No wonder they came up with some interesting drumming tricks to get a little more attention! Even when the band is not playing, the drum line is keeping everyone in perfect rhythm, keeping time and adding a little something extra to an otherwise boring march. And, the longer the parade, the more likely the drummers are to come up with new and exciting drumming tricks and techniques to amuse themselves and to keep their band-mates and parade goers alike, entertained.

Drumming tricks don’t stop at just the simple act of playing the drums, however. Whoever the first drummer to start twirling his sticks through his fingers like a miniature baton was, was responsible for launching generation after generation of drummers who master that skill and then move on to the bigger and flashier drum tricks, trying to add their own pizzazz, their own razzle-dazzle. Rock groups have even had their drummers strapped in to platforms that is raised and lowered during shows- or flipped upside down. Do you know how dedicated to your craft you have to be to maintain perfect rhythm while being turned on end on a metal platform? That is unreal.

But drumming tricks are only as good as the drummer- don’t expect fancy moves or special effects to cover up a lack of talent or your own lax work ethic. If you don’t master the basic skills and techniques, you have no business trying to master any of the drumming tricks. Big deal if you can twirl your sticks between your fingers if you can’t play the most basic drum pattern. No one is going to clamor to see you, nor toss their panties on a stage for a bad drummer, even if he can catch his sticks the first time, sometimes. Get the basics down before you add layers and dimensions to your playing- not only will you be glad that you did, your band mates and listeners will be thankful too, no matter what type of music you are playing.


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