Marching Snare Drum Tricks

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Most marching snare drummers will incorporate a number of tricks into their performance, but all of these tricks should be supported by a basis of good playing. Discover how to do back sticking and three-way sticking tricks on marching snare drums with help from an experienced drummer in this free video on drums and percussion.

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Ok, marching snare drum tricks. Now, tricks, most marching snare drummers will incorporate some level of tricks, to any kind of performance, but they all know that, or they should know anyway, that the tricks aren't the basis. The basis should be good playing, so a couple of different tricks that we can do. One, is called back sticking, which means playing both with the front of the stick, and the back, so there's a couple of ways that this can be incorporated, so for example, we can incorporate a back stick every fourth stroke. One, two, three, four, one, two, three, four, one. Other ways we can incorporate back sticking, would be with alternating strokes, every three strokes. One, two, three, one, two, three, one, two, three, one, two, three, one, two, three. The other trick is three way sticking, so whereas a back stick has two points, one, two, the three way sticking has three. One, two, three, one, two, three, so I'll do that slower. First, is the regular stroke, one, then, you're basically flipping your hand over, and using a traditional grip for the second, two, and then the third stroke is the toughest, where you're actually flipping the hand, and doing a three, and then you're back to the beginning, and you can really get this going pretty quickly, and you can incorporate that into your playing, so there's a few snare drum, marching snare drum tricks, that can be done, to kind of make your play more interesting.

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