LoginCreate ProfileSubscribe


The Whip

Technique by Kirby Jacobsen // March 27 2014
The Whip

Here is a way to “whip” up some 16th notes. Performing this exercise can be a bit of a challenge because of the whipping motion involved. I call the motion a whip because you’ll be playing a soft stroke, followed by a loud stroke, in rapid succession. This requires a whip of the stick and a snap of the wrist … voila!

The flams should be accented to gain maximum benefit from this exercise. Always start slow and play each exercise several times before proceeding to the next. Don’t forget to perform this and all rudiments at soft, medium and loud volumes.

Have fun and remember to lock it in the pocket!





Login to view comments and join the discussion.

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.

Editor's Choice
  • For Your Ears Only

    For Your Ears Only
    Unless you have been living under a rock, you are probably well aware of the dangers we as drummers face... (more)
  • 7 Must-Have Drum Toys For 2017

    7 Must-Have Drum Toys For 2017
    Tax season is soon upon us, and for those of us getting a return it's time to start thinking about that... (more)
  • Billy Cobham

    Billy Cobham
      It is incedibly humbling to talk to someone you respect and admire. And when that person can also... (more)