The Tap Stroke


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The Strokes
As part of our study of formal motion, we will be looking at four different strokes: the tap stroke, which enables us to play consistently quiet notes, or ghost-notes; full strokes which enable us to consistently loud notes, or accents; up strokes and down strokes, which enable us to switch between these two dynamic levels in order to play phrases with both accents and ghost-notes. In this lesson we’ll start the process by looking at the tap stroke.

The Tap Stroke
This stroke starts in the low position (15˚) and ends low position (15˚). The tap stroke creates a ghost note and because it ends in the low position, it prepares you to play another ghost note.