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 Famularo is a drummer, author, and motivational speaker who’s arguably the most influential educator in the drumming community. He’s traveled the globe for the past 40 years holding masterclasses and clinics, and has been one of drumming’s most sought-after private instructors from his fans around the world. Dom has been tutored by legendary greats, including Joe Morello, Jim Chapin, Al Miller, Charlie Perry, Colin Bailey, and Shelly Manne, among many others. He has 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 has 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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