and we all know Mustang Sally without any finesse is a drag ; )I usually only flip the stick over for the cross stick. I don’t feel that playing the butt end on the snare gives me enough finesse, if that makes sense.
is there a Zep track with that For $500 Alex
I was going to say that "montreux" thing on CodaWhat Is And What Shall Never Be
I agree that if you find the sweet spot easily, there no need to flip the stick over for cross sticking. I play a lot of country stuff where I'll do the first couple of verses with rim clicks and then switch to normal sticking for the chorus and end of song. Never feel the need to flip my stick to butt end out.I used to think the butt end was fuller sounding to the audience on cross stick until I joined a ska/rocksteady/reggae band and was able to see other drummers who are playing cross stick 80-90% of the time. Most of the drummers we've done shows with play tip out. I've switched to tip out a few years ago and have focused on improving my cross stick tone. Once of the best cross stick sounds I've ever heard (without mics) was a guy playing a beat up pair of regular Vic Firth 7As with the tip side out. The tone seems to be a little higher pitched with a bit more cut and the stick rings more with the tip out if you learn to let go of the stick for a spilt second after contact with the rim (this takes practice). Most ska/rocksteady/reggae drummers have no muffling on the top head which I think helps as well.
I think there is more room for error with the tip out as it seems the sweet spot of the stick is smaller than plying cross stick with the butt of the stick.
My ska snares all have a spot on the head the size of a quarter with the coating worn off from the repetition of the butt end sitting on the head. That spot makes a good visual guide to make sure the stick is hitting the rim in the right place.
It's also nice not having to flip back and forth when playing a tune at 200 bpm that has cross stick.
it can be done: Jimmy Cobb example->I usually only flip the stick over for the cross stick. I don’t feel that playing the butt end on the snare gives me enough finesse, if that makes sense.
Whaaa? I have a hard enough time holding onto the thing....now I gotta flip it around as well?It seems like some people just aren't comfortable flipping the stick over to change things up while playing.