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Loona

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How to play triplets and rolls louder?
« on: April 08, 2015, 07:14:44 AM »
When playing in a setting with other instruments, what do you do to make your darbuka sound louder? Please don't say hit it harder! I'm looking for some advanced techniques, if there are any, thank you!


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Re: How to play triplets and rolls louder?
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2015, 08:04:10 AM »
Have you tried left-right single stroke rolls? They're significantly louder than the finger rolls so it should work.
And another thing, you need to be relaxed when playing, don't tense your muscles! Doing it will make things even worse..
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Re: How to play triplets and rolls louder?
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2015, 05:17:33 AM »
Either do what BearHug said or try tuning your darbuka. A higher tuning should help, however, if you feel you are not heard while you're playing, you're probably wrong, the thing is that your sound still counts to the layers of the music, even if you can't distinctively hear it.
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Re: How to play triplets and rolls louder?
« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2015, 12:49:40 PM »
...you need to be relaxed when playing, don't tense your muscles!

Loona, that's right. I know the problem:
  • A good drummer doesn't worry a lot about loudness of rolls. If you try to play roll strokes as strong as single strokes it will effect two nasty things to your playing:
    • Your timing will become not equal enough - the sound doesn't "roll". It's because you are actually playing a row of very fast single strokes instead...
    • Overall sound level seems to rise up virtually while hearing rolls due to a memory effect in our brains.
  • With triplets: About timing is the same thing, but strokes are still considered as singles now: If you feel it usefull to hit harder for increasing those sounds your strokes simply are out of resonance. So you have to find right resonances first: Try to play as soft as you can, find those places on skin, where the sounds are "at home". Learn to hit these places proper and stable. Thereafter you may increase speed and modulate your sounds without additional force.

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Re: How to play triplets and rolls louder?
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2015, 05:20:39 PM »
Concentration on playing louder will take away the art so stop trying to play for louder sound. If in any case you want to go that away then I think tuning is definitely the best way to go, but will again say you should not put your concentration on their.

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Re: How to play triplets and rolls louder?
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2015, 01:30:11 PM »
The secret of loud rolls using split finger technique is that your fingers must become absolutely relaxed. This comes with a lot of practicing and there is no other way  :)   The reason for low sound of rolls and triplets is tension in fingers. They finally must work like hammers in piano.

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How play triplets and rolls loudly?
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2016, 11:08:08 AM »
Hi,
I need an information. What's the best way to play triplets and rolls loudly in a setting with other instruments?

Any information is appreciated. Thanks.

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Re: How play triplets and rolls loudly?
« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2016, 11:11:02 AM »
There are two ways for you. If you're asking about technique, then I think for most people left-right single stroke rolls will always be louder than finger rolls, Turkish style not with standing.

But if you are asking how to get louder, the answer is practice and also relax your muscles, many people tend to tense up when playing hard but that's the worst thing you can do, I think.