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Johnny Rabb: RhythmSaw Techniques

“The JohnnyraBB RhythmSaw is an innovative change to the traditional drumstick. Its revolutionary design opens the spectrum of sound to entirely new rhythms and musical possibilities.” Translation: ribbed teeth built into the middle of a drumstick allow for scraping sounds.From the introductory open drum solo, it’s apparent that Johnny Rabb is onto something new. These sticks, “instruments in themselves,” achieve a great traditional cross-sticking sound, and do indeed possess some different sound possibilities. The RhythmSaw is available in 7A, 5A, 5B and 2B sizes, with your choice of four different tips: “mushroom” for jazz fusion; “ball” (great for cymbals); the standard “acorn” for rock; and “olive,” producing more spread on cymbals and increased dynamics on drums. There’s also the Brush Saw, with the same teeth in the middle but regular tips on one end and brushes on the other, or the “Kid’s Size,” which is “great for bells and hand percussion.”

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