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Stick Spinning

1) Start by holding the stick between your middle 3 fingers; the middle on the bottom of it and the ones on either side on top.

                            1   3            -ring and index fingers 
                    ------------------    -stick 
                               2              -middle finger 

*make sure you start in the middle of the stick. It’s much easier with equal weight on both sides. 2) Move your ring finger down and index finger up. The index finger should release the stick. Now your ring and middle fingers should be level and your index finger slightly higher.

                 | 
                 |  3           -index finger 
               1|2             -ring+middle fingers 
                 | 
                 | 

3) Bring your ring finger counterclockwise around your middle finger and pull your index finger back, then down, then out. now your fingers should be in the reverse position of step one.

             2 
      -------------- 
          1    3 

4) Ring finger goes down and lets go, index finger goes up. Opposite of step 2.

          | 
          |   
        2|3 
       1 | 
          | 

5) Index finger goes counter-clockwise up, ring finger pulls back, goes up, goes out on top of the pencil. You should end up back in position 1.

        1   3 
   -------------- 
           2 

Repeat the steps, and you’ve got a spin. If you do it right, you should eventually be moving your fingers up the stick, and you will run out of room to spin. You can avoid this by making the stick form a figure 8 around you middle and ring fingers, but I’ll save that for another lesson.


drum_techniuqes/stick_spinning.txt · Last modified: 2007/07/26 12:19
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