The 5 Basic Strokes

These are five basic strokes that form the bulk of a drummer’s playing vocabulary. The most simple way I’ve seen it described is on Matt Dudley’s blog. The quotes I’ve used are his:

  1. The Full Stroke
    “Starts high, ends high.”
    A video of the full stroke can be viewed here.
  2. Down Stroke
    “Starts high, ends low.”
    A video of the down stroke can be viewed here.
  3. Tap Stroke
    “Starts low, ends low.”
    A video of the tap stroke can be viewed here.
  4. Up Stroke
    “Starts low, ends high.” After the stick strikes the drum, the bottom three fingers pull the stick upwards.
    A video of the up stroke can be viewed here.
  5. Buzz Stroke
    Stick bounces. The stick is allowed to bounce multiple times after it hits the drum. This is created by creating a tighter grip on the stick with the bottom three fingers and the pinky in particular. The tighter the grip, the tighter the buzz.
    The buzz stroke is the first step towards a buzz roll.
    A video of the buzz stroke can be viewed here.

References:

Dudley, M. (2017). The Four Basic Stroke Types. Retrieved May 30, 2018, from https://mattdudleydrumming.com/2017/02/13/the-four-basic-stroke-types/

Mr. Glynn. (2012, September 20). How To Play The Four Drum Strokes-Full, Down, Tap, Up [Video file]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/fEhJcNn3fkQ .

Porter, R. (2014, August 18). Percussion Lesson 4: Buzz Strokes [Video file]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/7o-itXZ6eQk .

 

 

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