• Mirror Maze - Cymbals

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The plates are struck against each other and separated immediately (which amounts to a glancing blow).

The sustain of notated whole notes or tied notes is not usually damped; the cymbals are held until the note has decayed naturally. If eighth, quarter or half notes are written without a tie the cymbal is damped against the chest to define the proper note length.

For very quiet notes the plates are not brought into full contact; instead only a particular point is struck, usually at the top where it is easier for the percussionist to control the point of impact. This produces a very quiet note, which nonetheless still differs greatly from the sound of the suspended cymbal.