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One other trick in connection with playing the bass drum is
learning how to "dampen" or stop its tone. It often happens
that you come to a place in the music—or to the end of a piece-
when all the instruments stop playing. Then you must dampen
the bass drum's tone by putting your free hand against its
side. This stops the vibrations and quickly quiets it down.
The Snare Drum
Playing the snare drum well is quite an art, but it is learned
quite easily if you proceed step by step, practicing the differ-
ent strokes in order from the flam up to the roll and the para-
diddle. Almost everybody is familiar with many of the basic
drum strokes or rhythms, from having heard them played by
brass bands and dance bands. You will learn the names of these
strokes in this section, as well as how to play them.
How to Hold the Dram Sticks
Fig. Ill shows how the drum sticks are held.
Left Hand. Hold your hand palm up and grasp the stick
about an inch from its thick end, holding it between the ball
of the thumb and the first and second fingers. Put the third