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Technique by Kirby Jacobsen // January 30 2015

Here is an interesting twist on the Single Drag, the Dragwards. You guessed it, it’s the drag played backwards. If you prefer to play the Single Drag closed (tight sounding stroke with very little resonance) as I do, you will want to pay attention to keep it that way when playing it in reverse. That’s one of the challenges because the tendency is to play this one more open (allowing the stroke to resonate). However, if you prefer playing your drags open, you’re all set! The other challenge is to immediately play the drag part much softer than the accented single stroke. 

Always start slow and perform this and all rudiments at soft, medium and loud volumes. 

Have fun and remember to lock it in the pocket.



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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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