388 – [Daniel Glass Show] The Importance of Grip, Pt. 2

In this session, Daniel continues his in-depth exploration of grip, breaking down each three of the primary grips (German, French and Traditional), sharing their origins, and showing exercises to develop each one.

What’s covered in this session:

  • A deeper look at the evolution and tradition of each of the three primary grips.
    • Where they come from.
    • How they evolved the way they did.
    • How they are used in a practical setting.
  • The three basic components found in each of these grips:
    • The grip point itself (how we actually hold the stick).
    • The fulcrum (or balance point).
    • Hinge point or points on the body that do the actual moving in order to power the stick.
  • Difficulties and misconceptions that drummers typically have with each grip, and why that is the case.
  • A demonstration of how to use each grip with Daniel’s patented “Throw-Up” exercise.

Resources/Links/People Mentioned:

  • Daniel demonstrates the “Throw-Up Exercise” in the French grip
  • German grip set up.
  • Daniel demonstrates the “Throw-Up Exercise” in the German grip.
  • Daniel breaks down the set up in the Traditional grip.
6 replies
  1. Ken
    Ken says:

    I started playing in 1961, learned “Traditional Grip.” There was a lot of disdain for drummers using “matched grip.” Many of those using “matched grip” were not “Schooled Drummers.” Rock and roll was taking over the club scene. It became harder for schooled musicians to work when “three chord wonders” were getting all the jobs.

    So, there was a real generational conflict that was playing out. It had little to do with the relative merits of the grip, at least not in the early to mid 60’s.

    • Daniel Glass
      Daniel Glass says:

      Hi Ken,

      I couldn’t agree more. The shift away from traditional grip was definitely a generational thing. All the grips have their own validity – if played correctly (haha).

  2. Jerry Lehti
    Jerry Lehti says:

    Thanks DG good info from someone who has investigated this subject in great detail !Tony Williams ,Steve Smith and Vinnie Coliuta ive heard incorporate the back fingers . Is this something you have tried ? Thanks

    • Daniel Glass
      Daniel Glass says:

      Thanks Jerry! Yes, playing from the back fingers is certainly one of many variations on the basic grip that are valid and have been used by many great drummers over the years. Steve Smith digs into it in more detail in his book “Pathways of Motion,” and when I get a minute in my own, I definitely plan to investigate further. Thx

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