03-28-2013 09:30 PM
I've been playing drums for about 3 years, and I play with both hands angled downward. I watch videos of drummers (mainly marching bands) with their left hands holding the stick differently which I don't understand. What are the benefits to this?
03-28-2013 11:53 PM - edited 03-28-2013 11:55 PM
That became a convention because in traditional marching the snare drums are slung across one leg. The backwards left hand negotiates the funny angle more comfortably than a symmetrical hands down grip. This "traditional grip" is considered a standard and often taught as "correct" technique. It has some advantages and since kit drumming developed with the majority using this approach, is very well suited to the styles that ensued. That said, there is no right and wrong. Symmetrical "matched grip" has overwhelming musical advantages in it's neutrality. Any hand anywhere on time at the right dynamic. Course I'm biased that way.
03-29-2013 05:18 AM
03-29-2013 06:11 AM - edited 03-29-2013 06:13 AM
Not at all merely a visual thing. Matched grip allows for matched hand to hand playing - something that just doesn't happen with traditional. Besides the obvious reach factor, Matched grip allows both hands to sound and stroke identically and if properly developed, real time tap for tap control of timing, dynamics, and tone across a broader spectrum than traditional - which as I mentioned is zoned to the styles it helped form.
03-29-2013 06:29 AM
03-29-2013 09:19 AM
Different grips are for different sound production and applied for different music genres ans ubstyles thereof.
- Marching drumming
This is tight grip. The stick has no freedom to move in the hand. Sound production is controlled with the wrist joint, elbow joint and the hinged joint. The sticks are hold hold tight. This produces a very strong and precise rhythm, but the wrist and elbow must be trained to move very quick. This technique permitts that an ensemble of 10 or more drummers almiost sound like one.
- The Moeller method, grip and technique
With this drum stick technique you control the movemment of the sticks mainly with the fingers, the stick has a freedom to move in the hands. The method combines a variety of techniques with the goal of improving hand speed, power, and control while offering the flexibility to add accented notes at will. The method has been perceived in the drumming community as a secret method because it is considered difficult to learn
- Rock drumming
Usually applied for a tighter sound. A compromise between tight grip and and Moeller technique.
- The drum technique of orchestra drummer
This is another stick and movement technique. lighter in in sound production, and larger dynmic range, especially in the lower dynamic range it can produce a wider dynamic range.
.... and so on
03-29-2013 09:26 AM
- Jazz drumming
A traditional grip technique used by drummer like Billy Higgins, Elvin Jones, Tony Williams and so on. A loser grip with controlling the stick to what sound must be produced, from light and rebouncing to tight impact. Sounds light and floating.
Todays Jazz drummer often use the Moeller technique, swings a little less, but is a little tighter in sound and rhythm production, and the more funky jazz drumming sounds a little tighter then with traditional grip, because there is more control on thy dynamic range.
03-29-2013 06:54 PM
Traditional grip was developed out of marching, because the drum was slung at an angle, making it easier to execute. On a drum kit however, in my opinion, trad is more limiting in range of motion than match grip.
Also, trad uses only a few muscles in the hands/fingers, allowing trad to make up for the deficiencies of the weak hand, whereas match uses ten times that amount, and because of this phenomenon, trad appears at first more difficult to learn, but is actually easier to master. Match at first seems easier to use, but is much more difficult to master.
03-29-2013 07:58 PM
Thanks for the response guys. I'm left handed and I play the tick on the high hat with my left and the snare with my right. I'll keep using match.
03-29-2013 11:22 PM
I use a metronome or click track to practice, never thought about using a mirror though!
04-03-2013 06:37 AM
The mirror is indispensible for preventing misalignment and the issues that result. Use a centered light source so the shadows are identical.
04-03-2013 10:54 AM
mirror is the most important thing in aestethic drumming, and you
must buy a big Buddha statue, or nail a roof batton on your spine,
also my wife and my female assistanf are of this opinion.
I however, I am happy when I look once ever year into a mirror and still can remember: "Oh, that's me".
04-05-2013 08:49 AM
Also at least one person comes to watch.
and drinks 10 sixpacks without paying, then you can finance and feed a family
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