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A pair of drum beaters that are constructed out of metal or nylon wires and set in a fan-like pattern. The handles are actually sleeves, often aluminum covered in rubber or plastic, and can slide over the wires, effectively protecting the wires when not in use. Brushes are used for specific musical effects in jazz, swing and blues music. The brushes are designed to be dragged or rubbed across the drum head (or suspended cymbal) to produce a soft swishing sound. There are several common patterns with probably the most common being rotating the brushes in a semi-circular motion with each brush in an opposite direction.  Another type of brush would be the Rute


See Also

[German] Rute


Last Updated: 2016-05-19 15:32:25