Strike Zone Template
Draw your Drum Lesson with a Disk - See where the best sounds on your snare drum really come from
|Strike Zone Template: No more guessing where to hit for great snare drum effects|
|Get the template and printed instructions for each zone.
$15.99 includes shipping and handling.
What Is It? The Strike Zone Template, designed by Wes Crawford, is a precise plastic stencil that fits on a 14-inch snare drum head. It has 6 openings to show you 6 key strike zones on the snare drum. These are the "sweet spots" for professional sounds, and give you the stick angles that build your best playing techniques. See this demo.
Why should you use it? Ever invest in expensive drum lessons, only to get home and hope you remember everything right? Make the most of your time and money, and learn faster with the visual cues on the Strike Zone Template.
With everything marked on the template, you remember more information, progress more quickly, and learn right the first time without the guesswork of "where was I supposed to hit it again?" Learn where to target your hits for the best sounds professionals use, and master the snare more quickly.
How do you use it? Your stencil is made of flexible plastic that you can re-use, and that will not damage your drum head. You place the stencil on your drum head and trace the openings with a pencil. Then remove the stencil. Use the pencil guides as long as you need them, then erase them or let them wear off. For permanent guidelines (useful to teachers), use a felt tip pen.
Now you have 6 marked zones to target -- like the Focus Zone for your loudest or fattest sounds, and the "side spots" for soft Ghost Notes. If the marks become faint or the drum head needs replacing, you can simply retrace the zones over again with the template.
This video by Prologix demonstrates the strike zones so you can hear and see the effects you get in each zone.
Your Key to the 6 Template Zones
Dynamics Channel: The channel’s dynamic markings indicate the precise areas for crescendos, decrescendos, and for overall dynamics while practicing. This system is widely used by orchestral drummers and is suitable for dynamic passages on drum set as well.
Focus Zone: This is the central zone targeting area. Aim to keep the stick tips inside for focused attack. This zone is also for loud dynamic ranges such as f and ff, and it provides the fattest sound. Further, this zone can be used as a focus area while practicing back sticking passages.
Side Spots: These spots are markings for cross stick, ghost notes, and buzz strokes.
Cross stick- Right hand players should position one end of the left stick within the left side spot while laying the other end of the stick across the snare hoop at the 2:00 position. Left hand players should position one end of the right stick within the right side spot while laying the other end of the stick across the snare hoop at the 10:00 position. To produce the optimum cross stick sound, it is recommended to place the butt end of the stick across the snare hoop.
Ghost notes- The side spots make a great area for practicing ghost notes because of the softer snare sound that is produced.
Buzz roll- The side spots allow for an open light sound for playing New Orleans style press/buzz strokes and accents.
Right and Left Lanes: The lanes help keep the sticks in proper alignment when playing in the focus zone. Also the lanes are playing areas for creating high pitch Latin accents similar to the sound of timbales and for a lighter, thinner sound for Jazz.
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