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The Dude’s Guide To Improving Your Cross Stick Sound

Harry Miree  /  UPDATED Mar 29, 2023


In The Big Lebowski, Jeff Bridges is The Dude. But in the world of drumming, Harry Miree holds that title.

What you’re about to read will improve your drumming in less than five seconds. It’s something anyone can do, and you can do it right now. Sound impossible? It’s not.

Harry credits Carter Beauford and Todd Sucherman for this trick, but the best way to improve the sound of your rim knocks is to flip the stick around and use the butt.

Yep. That’s all it takes.

Harry uses his Vic Firth logos to help him position his stick for the fullest sound. He aims right for the middle of ‘American Classic’ text.

To get used to the quick stick flip, play a simple groove where you switch back and forth from snare hit to rim knock for a few bars at a time. Do it until you get comfortable.

Talk about instant gratification for very little effort!


Harry Miree is a graduate of Berklee College of Music who has made a name for himself with his awesome YouTube videos, unique and unorthodox kit setup, and for his studio and live performances with various artists including LOCASH, Clare Bowen, Levi Hummon, Morgan Frazier, Joey Hyde, Josh Dorr, and Boom City. With a passionate approach to music, Harry is bound to inspire you to keep practicing and focusing on the main reason we all started playing drums: having fun!

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