Drumstick vs Rimshot - What's the difference?

drumstick | rimshot |


As nouns the difference between drumstick and rimshot

is that drumstick is a stick used to play drums while rimshot is a percussive note in which the drumstick hits both the head and the rim of the drum.

drumstick

English

Noun

(wikipedia drumstick) (en noun)
  • A stick used to play drums.
  • The second joint of the leg bone of a chicken or other fowl, as meat.
  • (India) The moringa or drumstick tree, Moringa oleifera , especially its slender, cylindrical pods.
  • Synonyms

    * (chicken) chicken leg

    Coordinate terms

    * (chicken) chicken thigh, thigh

    rimshot

    English

    Alternative forms

    * rim shot

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A percussive note in which the drumstick hits both the head and the rim of the drum.
  • (colloquial) A percussive sting or flourish used to punctuate a joke in a cabaret or vaudeville act.
  • Usage notes

    * Technically, the sting used to punctuate a joke is not a rimshot. A rimshot is a particular note (as in sense 1 above); a sting is a percussive figure consisting of several notes, perhaps a roll followed by a crash cymbal. As noted above, though, colloquially, a sting is also called (term).