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How To Swipe The Cymbals

Dom Famularo  /  UPDATED Aug 14, 2023

Want to make your playing more exciting?

It’s the two-for-one special! In this quick 5-minute lesson, Dom Famularo describes what it means to ‘swipe the cymbals’, how to do it, and how you can incorporate it into your playing.

This cool technique uses the low Moeller stroke to flick the stick up, striking a cymbal from below, before coming back down to strike it again on top. It’s a great way to get a quick double hit with one motion.

Try it on a splash, crash, or hi-hats. When you accentuate the two hits with the bass drum, you – in Dom’s words – “give it the punch it was meant to have!”

The more you experiment with cymbal swiping, the more new opportunities you’ll discover. Whether it means changing your setup or trying new grooves, this is one way to add real character to your drumming.


Dom plays:
Mapex Drums
Sabian Cymbals
Evans Drumheads
Promark Drumsticks

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Dom Famularo was a drummer, author, and motivational speaker who was arguably the most influential educator in the drumming community. He traveled the globe for decades holding masterclasses and clinics, and was one of drumming's most sought-after private instructors from his fans around the world. Dom was tutored by many of the greats, including Joe Morello, Jim Chapin, Al Miller, Charlie Perry, Colin Bailey, and Shelly Manne, among many others. He recorded and/or performed with artists such as the Buddy Rich Big Band, B.B. King, Lionel Hampton, Chuck Leavell (Rolling Stones), and "T" Lavitz (The Dixie Dregs), and shared the stage with other drumming giants such as Dave Weckl, Steve Gadd, Vinnie Colaiuta, Simon Phillips, Billy Cobham, Bernard Purdie, and Chad Smith.

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