the Rebound Stroke
To become a great snare drummer, you need to develop a relaxed REBOUND stroke. To acurately describe a rebound, imagine throwing a tennis ball on a drum head. After hitting the target, it would bounce back up, or "rebound." To sustain a constant bounce of the ball, all you have to do is push it back down (or "dribble" it) - the drum head does the work of bouncing it back to you. If you have a stick in your hand & you "throw" it on the drum head, it will rebound - assuming that you don't use any tension or pressure to stop it. The harder that you throw it down, the higher it will rebound.
Take the stick out of your hand and wave "bye-bye." Notice that the forearm moves in response to the wrist motion and that the hand is naturally relaxed and loose. Wrap your fingers into a fist and do the same thing - you'll notice how much more difficult it is to move your hand up and down. The trick to playing a relaxed rebound stroke with the stick is to not squeeze the back fingers! The more that you squeeze, the more tension that's produced in the forearm. More tension = slower strokes.
As you put the stick back in your hand, keep from squeezing the back fingers as you move the wrist up and down. I think that a large motion of the wrist will develop the muscles in the forearm quicker. Use your best judgment, but above all: don't use the arm AND STAY RELAXED!
Practice this exercise called "8 on a Hand" - in it, you'll isolate 8 strokes on each hand so that you can concentrate on your REBOUND stroke! Use a full wrist motion on every stroke, but remember to let the drum head (or practice pad) do the work of rebounding the stick back up. Stay as relaxed as possible at all times!
Before you go on, you might want to check out this video clip of the rebound stroke done right! Notice the smooth motion of the stick - the drum just pushes it back up, doesn't it? See the turn of the wrist? Not a lot of arm motion - just relaxed & loose. Give that man a Ceegar!
you think that this exercise is too EASY, don't be fooled! I know
many college drummers and even percussion instructors that use this
exercise EVERYDAY to stretch out their wrist and forearm muscles!
But for the sake of this article, let's move on to a few sticking
to begin? Scroll down and click on the midi file to play along!
midi file will take you through each line, just like the '8 on a hand'
exercise (in fact, you may have already noticed that the first line
IS '8 on a hand'!). After you play a line once, there's a brief pause,
then the next line begins. If you blow a line, you may want to practice
it several times before going on!
here's the challenge! The next midi file will take you through ALL TEN
LINES without stopping! The tricky part is to KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE
'MUSIC'! When you get to the end of one line, you've got to look ahead
- most drummers really mess up going from the end of one line to the
beginning of the next!
here are the sticking exercises at a FAST tempo. Since it goes by
so quickly, we'll play the whole page TWICE. This midi file uses Benny
Goodman's "Sing, Sing, Sing" as the accompaniment - it's
one of my favorite jazz tunes. I had to cut it up a little to make
it fit, but when you finish line number ten, you'll hear the famous
drum solo by GENE KRUPA - one of the early innovators on the drumset!
There are more lessons like this one available at Mark Wessels' site: