After setting up your drum set, you’ll obviously feel the urge to play on it immediately. Before you do so, we encourage you to watch this free drum lesson to learn how to hold the drumsticks properly. In it, Jared Falk discusses and teaches very important concepts regarding hand technique, like proper hand angle, how to build a fulcrum, and how to wrap the fingers around the drumsticks. It’s important to build a correct grip since day one, because it will help you avoid injuries, and play and practice accurately.
The way you grip the drumsticks will affect your speed around the drum set. The sound quality you’ll get from whatever instrument you hit, control over what you play, and most importantly of all, your health, are all conditioned by drumstick grip as well. Drumstick grip is the most important and fundamental aspect of hand technique that you’ll ever learn.
What works for one drummer may not work for you, for the sound you’re trying to achieve, or to what you are trying to communicate while you play. So think critically when dealing with technique, and always stay relaxed no matter what technique you choose to use. Holding the sticks too tightly may cause stress related injuries like blisters, calluses, tendinitis, and carpel tunnel syndrome.
After you’ve been through this free drum lesson on essential aspects of hand technique, we encourage you to watch the free drum lessons “Essential Bass Drum Techniques” and “Developing The Left Foot” to learn all about essential bass drum and hi-hat foot techniques.
Knowing how to read and write sheet music is an important asset for any drummer. Having these abilities will allow you to read and understand all the beats, fills, and exercises featured on this website – or on any other drumming resource – as well as let you write your own. Learning about basic music theory and drum notation is not as hard as people make it out to be. We encourage you to start learning about drum theory and notation by watching the lesson “How To Count Quarter Notes“. You’ll learn how to count, read, and write quarter notes through some basic beats and fills.
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