Proper Stick GripAny drummer will tell you that one of the most important things to
perfect is your grip. It is the basic building block of any
drummer's technique. Of course, every drummer has a slightly
different grip or hand placement. And ultimately, you have to
make your own decisions on what feels comfortable. However, there
are a few basic elements that most agree on.
there are two basic grips: matched and traditional. The right
hand grip is the same for both of these grips. For the right hand
grip, lay a drumstick in front of you and pick it up at the balance
point of the stick using your index finger and thumb, with your palm
facing down. Roll the stick across your index finger so that it
rests between the first and second joints, but touching the first
joint. Now curl the other fingers loosely around the stick.
Do not squeeze the stick too tightly with your fingers or thumb.
For matched grip, the left hand grip is exactly the same. For
traditional grip, the left hand is a little different. The left
hand holds the stick between the middle and ring finger, closing the
index finger and the thumb over the butt of the stick.
Traditional grip allows for an angle that can sometimes improve control
on complex patterns on the snare. but may also compromise power.
So, which grip is better? Both of them...that is to say that each
grip has strengths and weaknesses. Some people use traditional
grip for jazz styles and matched for rock. Some use traditional
all the time or matched all the time. Personally, I play with
matched grip all the time, but everyone is different. The best
advice I can give you is to play as much as you can experimenting with
both grips and see which feels right to you.