Playing on cymbals or hi-hats

nitro_drummer

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I just want to know what other drummers are doing. During a chorus do you play on an open hi-hat or rock out on a cymbal? and if its on a cymbal what size? like 14, 16, 18inch ect. or on high hats how far open and what kind?
 

drumjo7182

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all depends on the type of music your playing. but in response to the other questions when crashing on the cymbal in the chours i use a 19" medium crash. I wouldn't use any smaller than an 18" crash for that because i have in the past and i broke all my smaller crashes. When i use the open hi-hat i keep the cymbals just barely touching to get a smooth sizzling sound.
 

Ricussion

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It depends on the other instruments and what you were playing on the sections around it. Sometimes using the China can be effective. I strongly suggest getting a recording of rehearsals and jams to instantly hear what you've just done, even if it's just a two mic four track job.
 

m

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Rockula!":30wr4a08 said:
Aint nothing better than washing a 20' crash ride!
mmm, that do taste good!

I find a ribbon crasher also gives a bit of unique coloration, somewhere between crash/wash/trash-
 

zerodogma

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Depends on the song/style... I have a pair of 18" Saluda's for my main crashes (one tuned high, one tuned a bit lower) and usually wail on one of those when needed.

And like drumjo7182 said, I keep my open hats just touching for that mean slosh.

***mental note -- get 20" china and 20" crash-ride***
 

zerodogma

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m":17l9h0p1 said:
be warned;
20" crash/rides tend to be 'head-ripper-offers!'
:twisted: Hell Yea! We try to plaster peoples shadows to the wall anyways... could only help our cause LOL!
 

m

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zerodogma":5dgqx04u said:
re:20" crash/ride

:twisted: Hell Yea! We try to plaster peoples shadows to the wall anyways... could only help our cause LOL!
8)

I picked out a new one at NAMM, it just came in last night-
I still can't believe how LOUD this thing is! Our singer's going to HATE it. Its wash is like the sonic equivalent of a solar flare. I'm going to have to push my IEMs in even further now!
 

CASCINAIDRUMS

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It could be a high-hat , a crash or a ride, even a cow bell
Depends on your taste and style. you play for the song so if it calls for a floor tom then you play a floor tom ETC.
You don't have to do what other people are doing just go for what you know and play your heart out.
 

anavrinIV

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18" aaxplosion if i ride a crash...sometimes ill go between all my crashes, chinas, and hats to get a different combination of sounds. i dont generally like the sound of riding a crash but sometimes it just works. i never crash my ride though.
 

stidger

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i try to use a combination of both hats and crashes / ride

the more colours you can introduce can turn a track from just a sraight forward rhythm, to something that can keep the listener sonically interested in more than just the lead guitar / singer !

be creative and mix things up.
i also use a cowbell from time to time and have a set of roto-toms
to again expand the sounds available.

as for cymbals i use 14" K/Z hats, 10" sabian bright splash, 16" A custom crash, 18" K dry crash, 22" K heavy ride and an old, cheap 16" pearl crash (this sounds very trashy and allows a massive wash when i need it)

have fun

:twisted: :twisted: :twisted:
 

Rufio

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I vary between them. My hi-hat seems to be more suited to noise whilst my 18" crash just sounds nice without cutting through, nor fading out into the background.
 

drummerfreek55

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i tend not to stay on one cymbal. my range is from a pair of 14" crashes to a 16" crash, 18" crash or china or my 20" ride. believe it or not all that is mounted on a 5 piece!
 

joshdrums37

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CASCINAIDRUMS":2tgz8ial said:
It could be a high-hat , a crash or a ride, even a cow bell
Depends on your taste and style. you play for the song so if it calls for a floor tom then you play a floor tom ETC.
You don't have to do what other people are doing just go for what you know and play your heart out.

100% agree. Whatever you play, play it like you mean it.

and yeah, for a real big sound, getting that real washy spread from crashing the ride cymbal is awesome. (watch vinnie videos , you'll see what i mean)

but be warned, not all ride cymbals are crashable.. I use a 20" Zildjian K custom Dark ride and that thing is a beast when i want it to be....besides being a great ride it's the biggest crash on my kit.
 

XIxPxGX

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yea for a crash to ride on id say no smaller then 18 inches and it all depends on the song some songs work good on the hats open or on a crash or ride sometimes even on toms or snare it all depends but yea for my hats i have em like an inch apart
 
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