STROKE TYPES AND MOTION
08.29.21 / John Lluvera
THE FULL STROKE
The Full Stroke is when the stick starts up and end back where it started. And if you want to play with fluid motion, you have to let the stick rebound 100%. A common tendency drummers make is to slow down the stick on the way back up to the top of the stroke. Instead, move your hand faster to get it out of the way of the stick so it rebounds more freely.
THE DOWN STROKE
Down Strokes start up and end down. So you have to push the stick down like a Full Stroke, but stop the stick lower than the original starting point. Develop this slowly first, then speed up that motion over time.
THE UP STROKE
Up Strokes start down and end up. So you have to push the stick like a Full Stroke, then allow it to keep going past the original starting point. Develop this slowly first, then speed up that motion over time.
LET THE FOREARM MOVE
Another thing that stops the stick from moving freely is tension in the forearm. So as you play, let the forearm move as a by-product of the wrist turn.
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