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This page covers traditional and 3-way back sticking.

Traditional Back Sticking

These exercises use the butt of the stick in either traditional or matched grip.

R = Right
L = Left
R = Right Butt
L = Left Butt

Demo: Match Grip and Traditional Grip

With a stick twirl to transition to traditional grip.

Eighth Note Stick-Butt Exercise

The trick when learning to back stick is to have a back sticking sound that is as consistent and as close to a regular tap as possible. Also, strive to throw the stick "straight" back as it looks cleaner and has a more dramatic visual effect.

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Eighth Note Triplets Stick-Butt Exercise

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Sixteenth Note Triplets Stick-Butt Exercise

Your goal is to be able to do stick-butt hits at will.

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Traditional Grip Demo

Three Way Back Sticking

Shown several times slower and in slow motion.

 "Play-drums: Back Sticking"
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