Page 1

The 4 Strokes The 4 strokes provide definition to the approach on any marching percussion instrument. They help percussion sections unify heights and dynamics from instrument to instrument. Both the front ensemble and the battery use these 4 strokes. The strokes consist of: The Full Stroke; The Down Stroke; The Tap Stroke; and The Up Stroke. The Full Stroke: The Full Stroke should be started in the Up Position. With a relaxed grip, the player should turn his wrist and bring the bead down and strike the playing surface. When turning his wrist the player should allow the arm to move naturally with it, avoiding any tension in the arm. When the bead strikes the head, the player should let the stick rebound back to the up position. The player should make sure never to stop the motion of the stick until it is in the up position. Multiple full strokes will create a Legato motion. 8's is a good exercise to practice the Full Stroke and the Legato motion. The Down Stroke: Like the Full Stroke, The Down Stroke should be started in the Up Postition. With a relaxed grip, the player should turn his wrist and bring the bead down and strike the playing surface. When turning his wrist the player should allow the arm to move naturally with it, avoiding any tension in the arm. When the bead strikes the head, the player should do one of two things. 1. Stop the stick in the Down Position. 2. Let the stick rebound to the Tap Height. The tap height should be 3" unless otherwise stated. Accent Tap is a good exercise to practice the Down Stroke. The Tap Stroke: The Tap Stroke should be started at the Tap Height (usually 3"). With a relaxed grip, the player should turn his wrist and bring the bead down and strike the playing surface. When turning his wrist the player should allow the arm to move naturally with it, avoiding any tension in the arm. When the bead strikes the head, the player should allow the bead to rebound back


to the original tap height. The player should never stop the motion of the stick until it reaches the tap height, creating a Legato Motion. The Tap Stroke is similar to The Full Stroke, just starting and ending in the Tap Height. The Up Stroke: Like The Tap Stroke, The Up Stroke should be started at the Tap Height. With a relaxed grip, the player should turn his wrist and bring the bead down and strike the playing surface. When turning his wrist the player should allow the arm to move naturally with it, avoiding any tension in the arm. When the bead strikes the head, the player should allow the bead to rebound to The Up Position. The player may have to physically bring the stick up to The Up Position, but should be relaxed and use as much rebound as possible.

Stryke 4 strokes manual  
Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you