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Controlling the drum sticks: the right grip

Download Stick control pdf  Arrow   This drum lesson, dedicated to drum rudiments, contains a series of introductory exercises for drum sticks control, to get aquainted with drum sticks grip and fingers movement.

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Introduction to the drum lesson: Drum sticks control

Just as in a lever, the grip of the drum sticks is the fulcrum, the main point of contact with your fingers, and it stays at about one third of the stick's lenght.
There are two kinds of grip: Traditional or Matched.
Matched: both hands control the drum sticks in the same way; the fulcrum is at forefinger first joint with underside of thumb on top of stick; the other fingers are around the sticks, butt toward center of palm, and they open and close as in a pincer.
Traditional: it differs from the Matched grip only for the left hand: the fulcrum is in the area between the base of thumb and the base of forefinger, and the drum stick slides between the middle finger and the ring finger. The thumb is straight, the fore and middle fingers fingertips push the upper part of the drum stick, ring and pinky finger, slightly arched, both support the stick butt. This grip is often preferred by jazz drummers, but the choice to adopt one grip or the other, or both, is strictly personal.

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This drum lesson dedicated to Drum sticks control is a part of the published basic drum lessons.
The basic drum lessons, the first part of this method for drums, deal with the right posture, which is the basic condition to develop speed, endurance and precision with your playing. The style and the role of drumming have evolved with time, but the basic drums technique hasn't changed much, and all the great drummers still build their own style from the same basis of musical theory.

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