6 Strike 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.