In the last lesson on timpani cross sticking technique, I talked about learning to cross stick and gave a rather simple exercise to practice. It’s necessary to start slowly and work up speed so once you’ve become comfortable with the basics it’s time to kick it in to a higher gear.
Cross Sticking with Kung Fu Action
To play very fast cross sticking patterns your stroke and movement from drum to drum must be very loose and smooth. If you utilize too much arm motion it will be difficult to play very fast and your sound will be dull and thuddy sounding. To play very fast cross sticking you need to develop your Kung Fu action and play your cross stick passages as if you were twirling Kung Fu Swords or something.
In this video I’ll be playing the following exercises and using my Kung Fu action to play as fast as I can play with a good tone.
First with the Right Stick Crossing
Then with the Left stick crossing
Start slowly and gradually pick up your speed to develop fluid motion, your Kung Fu Action and most importantly; your beautiful timpani sound.