Playing Cymbals: Basic Technique
As simple as it may seem, playing cymbals can benefit from some good, basic techniques...find out more!
Playing a good crash is as simple as...FLAM!
|Firmly hold strap between pointer finger and thumb. Do not place hand through straps, grip outside for quick cymbal changes.|
|Learn to turn wrist over ending with thumb on top, similar to turning a key in the car door.|
|Always strike cymbals together so one edge strikes the other first. Thus, a "Flam" sound is achieved when the bottom (or top) edges meet before the opposite side. This will avoid an 'airlock'. When playing a cymbal crash, visualize two cicles moving in opposite directions.|
|Make sure that you start with the cymbal edges closely together for soft crashes. For loud crashes, start farther apart. Remember, the louder the crash, the bigger the motion.|
Standard Cymbal Knot
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Play It Right!
|Avoid striking cymbals directly on their edge. Crash cymbals, especially, should be hit with a glancing blow, a little off center. Striking with a slight twist of the wrist also helps avoid breakage and allows crash cymbals to “open up.”