In the first of two sessions focusing on grip, Daniel unpacks the fundamentals involved with holding a drumstick, and explains why a deeper understanding of grip is vital if we want to play with greater clarity, consistency and articulation.
What’s covered in this session:
- Why the word “grip” itself is something of a misnomer.
- A deeper look at the long tradition of grip established over a hundred years ago.
- The three basic components found in every grip: grip point, fulcrum (or balance point), and hinge points.
- Every drummer, whether aware of it or not, must to establish some version of these components in order to play.
- A general lack of awareness on this subject leads most drummers to play inefficiently – to not realize their full potential.
- In Part 2 of this series, Daniel will address the specific elements associated with each of the three primary grips: German, French and Traditional.
- Dom Famularo’s “Drum Teacher Lineage” poster.