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Stick Control

Many of us are familiar with Stick Control for the Snare Drummer by George Lawrence Stone ... especially the first three pages of sticking exercises. I wanted to share some of my ideas and concepts, inspired by my studies with Alan Dawson, on how you can use and expand these stickings, applying them in creative fashion to come up with new grooves, fills, solos, and general coordination around the drumkit or drumset.

Let me first say that if you don't own STICK CONTROL, you need to go out and buy it RIGHT NOW! It's the bible for drummers (and percussionists) ... and you'll use it for the rest of your life. In fact, you can purchase the book right here through the Drummer Cafe by clicking HERE. There's so much more we can do with this book, more than just playing it on the Snare drum or practice pad. If you'd like to learn more, discovering new ways to play and apply these sticking exercises to the drums ... read on!

Select from tabs below; one, two, three or four surfaces.

I encourage you to experiment and come up with your own ideas on how to apply ANY exercise onto your instrument. Remember to practice slowly at first and always use a metronome.

A few other source materials that work well with my application suggestions include (but not limited to):

The possibilities are endless! Create your own, write out the formula and work it until you get each coordination pattern sounding smooth. Always go for musicality while you practice. Once the coordination is down, use dynamics, phrasing, accents, etc., to add interest to your playing. Music notation for other instruments also makes for great study materials (ie. solo transcriptions).

Bart Elliott

Bart Elliott is a degreed professional musician with a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance, and Master of Music post-graduate work. His 40+ years in the music and entertainment industry, over 100 album recordings to his credit, as well as an exhaustive understanding of contemporary and classical music makes him a complete and skilled master musician.

Bart continues to work as an active drummer, percussionist, composer, producer, music arranger, director, comedian, MC, educator, writer and visual artist. He is the owner and creator of DrummerCafe.com, which he founded in December of 1996.

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