Watch the Brush Technique online guitar lesson by Danny Gottlieb from Master Class Drum Lessons
There are many ways to play brushes, and this clip illustrates my approach. I play with traditional grip, and I move "out - in" with left hand. The left hand makes kind of an egg shell movement, and the right hand plays time, just like a ride cymbal. The right hand crosses over the left when playing time, mainly on two and four. The hi hat is mainly played on two and four, but can also be changed for comping, and depends on the music you are playing. The bass drum, as illustrated, is feathered lightly on all four beats when playing time.
1. Left hand - out and in
2. Right Hand - time and main accents
3. Hi Hat - two and four, with variations
4. Bass Drum feathered on all four beats softly and used for accents
These two simple time exercises should be practiced and mastered at all tempos
1. Watch the video and emulate movement
2. Listen for consistent brush sound and time feel
3. Listen to master brush players: Tony Williams, Jack De Johnette, Jeff Hamilton, Jimmy Cobb, Joe Morello, Buddy Rich, Clayton Cameron, Paul Motian, etc.
4. Use Morello method for brush dynamics and developing of the reflexes
5. Watch your hand movements in a mirror