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  1. HERTA so good!

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    Default Rimshot or no rimshot?

    This is something Iíve been focused on a lot lately. Iíve always played center hits on my snare drums and have only recently started playing rimshots on backbeats. What do you guys prefer and why?

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    I can do either. Whatever the song needs
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    Play for the song, if it needs it, do it, if not - don't. It all affects the feel and groove.
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    Depends on the song, the snare, the room and if I want to deafen my singer.
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    I always play rimshots unless I'm doing a quick fill and then I play on just the head, I feel like rimshots give a much stronger and beefier response from the shell. It also feels way better, to me, to lay into the drum like that.
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    Rimshots 90% of the time.
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    I play every inch of my drum depending on what's needed. If I need a fat sound, I'll hit dead center. If I need more "oomph", I'll hit about an inch or so off center and smack the rim. I'll hit the head anywhere and however I need depending on what sound or feeling I want. If I don't have an auxiliary snare, I'll play a whole song on the edge of the head if that's what's needed (but if you do have two snares, you double the already seemingly infinite sounds you have with just one).

    The snare is the most versatile drum in your set... use it. You can always discover new sounds no matter how long you've been playing. Steve Smith will happily talk for an hour about it, and for good reason.
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    I mainly rim shot. It think it stems from practicing and playing early gigs back in the day un-mic'd, so needing to get as much oomph from my kit so as to be heard behind a metal band. I adapted to hitting hard and putting a lot of power in to cut through. Now it's mainly just force of habit, but I also like the effect/sound.

    But as others have said, play for the song, and change how you hit for what it demands.

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    Thanks for all of the feedback! Some great replies here
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    There was a time when it was rim shots all day every day.
    Now, since I've started tuning some of my snares a little lower, rim shots just don't sound right, and I've had to really adjust my playing.
    So generally speaking, higher pitched snares get rim shotted, and lower pitched snares do not.

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    i dont really do rim-shots, i usually hit hard enough ..lol
    i usually use them for accents and such , my take on it is, if you're constantly rim-shotting for volume or something , then where you go from there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2 basses4life View Post
    i dont really do rim-shots, i usually hit hard enough ..lol
    i usually use them for accents and such , my take on it is, if you're constantly rim-shotting for volume or something , then where you go from there?
    It's the Spinal Tap effect. You're hitting the center of the head as hard as you can, riding it at a full Ten... where do you go from there?

    Turn it up to Eleven and rimshot it.
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