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Now, many times we will be using snare & kick as the foundation of our beats.
What affects dynamic level most often is the right hand.
Here’s a general rule of what we play or “wash” with our right hand:
I’ve met a surprising number of sound guys who hate cymbals, and I have a hard time understanding why. When I listen to worship mixes where you can’t hear the cymbals at all, the mix feels flat & awkward as a result.
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The reason for this is in the context of the larger mix, cymbals create a shimmering sound that fills the awkward space in the mix and drives emotional intensity.
Typically if you have a cymbal present, it is creating energy of some kind.
Because of this, we want to wash the ride, crash or play an open or semi-open hi-hat much of the time when we are big on a driving chorus or bridge.
We save washing the crash cymbal for the absolute peak or climax of the song, and we use pinging the ride or playing a closed hi-hat when we want some energy, but not our full dynamic level.
Toms are different and very versatile - we use toms to communicate intensity whether we are quiet or loud, and vary the stick height, volume & intensity based on what the song needs.
With hi-hat, remember that we can gradually open or close the hi hat by rocking our left foot back. This gradually creates intensity.
We also can gradually switch from pinging -> washing the ride.
Pinging the ride is fine for a chorus that is full, but medium volume...but it's often too chill for the climax of a song.
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