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Basic Brushes Part 2: Accents

Technique by Kirby Jacobsen // October 15 2014
Basic Brushes Part 2: Accents

I hope that you’ve had a chance to check out my previous article, “Basic Brushes” and have familiarized yourself with the 3 basic brush patterns for slow, medium and fast tempos.

For Basic Brushes Part 2, I will use the medium tempo pattern that I demonstrated in “Basic Brushes” and show you how you can employ accents to vary it up.    For your convenience (and review), below is the description and illustration for this pattern:

Fig. 2: The left hand slides back and forth – toward the hi-hat on beats 2 and 4.  The right hand plays the classic jazz ride pattern, in an area away from the left hand.  This can be done near the far side of the drum’s surface.  The right hand also can play accents.

Accents are usually performed at medium or softer volumes.  Y­ou may use these accent patterns below for various tempos. Remember, the brush that plays the accents should hit almost flat against the head for a nice fat sound.

Have fun and remember to lock it in the pocket.


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About the Author
Kirby  Jacobsen

Kirby jacobsen (drummer, composer, author). Kirby studied Studio Recording and Jazz at the University of Miami and Jazz Performance at William Paterson University. He composes and arranges music for concert band, string and jazz trios and percussion ensemble. His snare solo book, Not Just Another Snare Solo Book, 20 Uncommon Snare Drum Solos, will soon be available on-line through HaMaR Percussion Publications, Inc. Kirby leads the Blue Brush Trio which performs in the NY/NJ metro area. 

Send questions or comments to Kirby at symphonic902@yahoo.com.

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