playing with cymbals

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Post Thu Jun 26, 2008 6:45 am

I've been teaching myself to play for about a year now, and while I feel I've come a long way with the drums (I can now play around with 16ths without my arms getting tired, or getting a leg cramp) I still feel pretty useless when it comes to the cymbals. I know how to just strike them for "pop", but that's it.

Any tips for learning to play beats with just hi-hat or other cymbals? A jazz-y type feel I guess. ... is it just an issue of stick control?
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Post Sat Jun 28, 2008 8:46 pm

watch some videos of the jazz greats on youtube and try to replicate what you see.... or just listen to a lot of music. you will be able to pick it up.
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Post Sat Jun 28, 2008 10:35 pm

vic has some really good education vids on jazz cymbal techniques and patterns.

Just remember Spang-a-lang

I love that word

search through all that stuff.

Lessons would also be really beneficial too.

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Post Sat Jun 28, 2008 11:00 pm

Learn your rudiments and junk on And like mmmmdrums said go watch some jazz vids on youtube... I just got done watching some dave brubeck.. Good stuff...
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Post Sun Jun 29, 2008 8:20 am

awesome... thanks guys.