Snare Drum Tips : How to Play a Rim Shot on a Snare Off

Snare Drum Tips : How to Play a Rim Shot on a Snare Off


JOEL SIEGEL: All right. Well, continuing on,
I want to talk a little more about the rim shot, the rim shot with the snares off. We
already heard it with the snares on. With the snares off, you’re gonna–a lot of times
you’ll be using this to emulate Latin music, when you’re trying to play Latin Jazz, or
even just trying to incorporate elements of Latin music into like a rock or a funk groove.
This can help emulate that kind of sound by basically imitating the timbales. So, your
rim shot with the open snares is going to sound like this. Now when the snares are on,
typically, you want to go ahead and go for the center of the drum because it’s kind of
the–usually, the point of doing a stroke like that is just power. You’re just trying
to get the power that comes from striking that metal at the same time as the skin. When
your snares are off, you actually–you’re starting to hear the sound of the actual drum
a lot more. So, I want to tell you that it’s not always going to be in the center.

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