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    So one of the bands I play in asked me to get some brushes to use for a "stripped down" segment of songs in the middle of a live show. All of the electric guitars and bass will be put up for acoustic guitars and bass for these three or four songs.

    I have NEVER used brushes before, but I'm looking at this as a way to improve my styling and my resume.

    With that being said, what are some good teaching tools to help a novice brush user like me as I prepare for this?
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    Can't play them like sticks (because they aren't sticks)

    Create rhythms by "swishing" them across the heads

    sweeping in circular motions works and accenting with one or both hands. I call this "stirring the soup"

    Watch jazz drummers

    Experiment

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    all the best...

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    Go to u-tube and put in Joe Morello using brushes. Lot of info right there.

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    I use brushes on a couple songs, but they're mostly a train beat rhythm...country/rockabilly stuff. I just play on the snare like normal sticks. Sometimes during the 3rd break, our guitar player does some solo acoustic rock stuff. Occasionally I turn the snares off and back him up just play with my bare hands like bongos.
    -Brian

    "Too many crappy used drum stuff to list"

    Play the SONG......not the DRUMS!!!

    "I think that feeling is a lot more important than technique. It's all very well doing a triple paradiddle - but who's going to know you've done it? If you play technically you sound like everybody else. It's being original that counts." ~ John Bonham

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    Maybe you want to try the rod sticks.
    A bit more oomph than brushes.
    I rarely use brushes for anything but jazz stuff as they work well on a swing shuffle ballads.
    Rock stuff ,not so much.
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    Funny you made this thread I just started delving into brushes myself just to learn something new. I watched a few video's on beginner brushes and Wow there is a lot too it. Of course you could play them like sticks but that's not their intent and like PGM said rod sticks would be much better for that application. I am trying to learn to play note length's which as a drummer only I have never really had to play. I am working on this video now but looking for something a little more.
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    I guess it really depends on the song and style they want you to do. Jazz stuff, then yes, brushes would be great. If it's all acoustic Blues/Folk/Rock, I'd probably just keep a small Cajon, bongos or Djembe sitting back by your throne. Even something as simple as a shaker (I use a whiskey bottle filled with seed corn) or playing regular sticks on the snare rim can be all it takes...and can even sound better, depending on the application and song.
    -Brian

    "Too many crappy used drum stuff to list"

    Play the SONG......not the DRUMS!!!

    "I think that feeling is a lot more important than technique. It's all very well doing a triple paradiddle - but who's going to know you've done it? If you play technically you sound like everybody else. It's being original that counts." ~ John Bonham

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    Wow. That's an awesome video. Cool stuff when done properly! I need work on developing my brushes!
    -Brian

    "Too many crappy used drum stuff to list"

    Play the SONG......not the DRUMS!!!

    "I think that feeling is a lot more important than technique. It's all very well doing a triple paradiddle - but who's going to know you've done it? If you play technically you sound like everybody else. It's being original that counts." ~ John Bonham

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