Cymbal Techniques

Use the graphics below to understand cymbal techniques, including:

Standard Concert Grip

The Art of Finger Cymbals

1. Pinch elastic straps to grip
2. Strike edge to inner surface
3. Strike outer edges together
4. Never play like hand cymbals

Standard Marching Grip

How to Strike a Gong

1. "Warm up" the gong by lightly tapping near the edge
2. Prepare using appropriate 3" - 12" upstroke
3. Strike gong just off-center
4. Mute using left hand

Suspended Cymbal Roll

Preparation, attack/single stroke roll, muffle/dampen

Hand Cymbal Knot

Concert Crashes

Short crash and long crash (preparation, attack and release)

Cymbal Techniques