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Technique: Mute and Dominant Hand Rizz

Mute

Mute is shown on my rhythm notations as “M”.

Mute is a very useful variation on the Doum.  It is quite nice as a change of sound to freshen up a beat, and make the repetition of a rhythm less noticeable.

Mute is played to the middle of the drum head with your dominant hand.  Keep your fingers flat and extended, and your hand moderately cupped.   With your fingers apart strike the drum head with the pads of your fingertips.  Try to keep your hand “stuck” to the drum head.  You don’t need to hit hard, just make sure your fingers are apart, and your hand is cupped and loose.  The tone should be a medium THUNK sound, with a no reverberation and sustain.

Rizz

Rizz is shown on my rhythm notations as “Z”.

Rizz is a very useful variation on the Doum.  It is quite nice as a way to add a bit of excitement to freshen up a beat.  Rizz is also used in place of Teks, so learning this and getting it into your bag of drummer ticks is well worth the effort.

Rizz is played to the middle of the drum head with your dominant hand.  Keep your fingers flat and extended, and flex them back a bit.   With your fingers spread wide strike the drum head, hitting with your small finger first.  The force of the strike should cause your other fingers to fall into place, striking one at a time.  Pinkie.  Ring.  Middle.  Index. (This is just like drumming your fingers on the top of your desk; you are just adding some force to it by striking the drum to start it.)  You don’t need to hit hard.  The tone should be a medium BRZAP sound, with a no reverberation and sustain.

Rizz can be played on the outer rim of the doumbek, to replace a Tek, or to create a solid roll.  When learning the rizz on the rim, be very careful.  It is easy to hit too hard, whipping your fingers into the metal of the drum and really hurting your fingers.

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