[German, rod or switch]
This is a device similar to brushes. The Rute uses thin sticks of birch, cane, broomcorn or combinations of materials in place of the wire or nylon of brushes. The effect is similar, however, there is a different sound to the effect and can be much louder than brushes if desired. Typically, there are rubber bands that can be moved up and down the sticks to alter the effect to the sound desired. The closer the band to the tip or end of the rute will tighten the sticks closer together and sound more like a drumstick, and moving the band closer to the handle will loosen the sticks allowing more vibration between the sticks and more of the swishing sound of brushes.
Last Updated: 2014-03-23 14:31:43