Being a good drummer is a sign of increased intelligence. Drumming is also a great way to alleviate stress and anxiety.

But, if you ever want to be great at the drums you have to master the basics first.

Here we tell you how to choose the right drumsticks and a few different ways to hold the drumsticks the right way.

Pick the Right Set of Drumsticks

Playing with the wrong types of drumsticks is one of the biggest drumming mistakes newbies make.

Choosing the right type of drumsticks will depend a lot on your drumming style. As you continue your journey your drumsticks will change with you.

While grip and hand feel were the primary concern for years a new factor has cropped up. Sustainability.

One of the best new types of drumsticks that offer a lightweight hand feel and a sustainable alternative is bamboo drumsticks.

But, the best drumsticks will be what feels right for you and gives you the sound you want. How you hold the sticks and the strike pattern will influence the sound.

The Traditional Drumstick Grip

The traditional grip will have you holding the drumsticks with both your on and off-hands facing up towards the sky.

The stick is placed between the index finger and the thumb. Use the natural crook in the bend of your hand to rest the stick on. Then, wrap your thumb and index finger around the stick and place your middle finger on the side.

Kind of like holding a chopstick only upside down. Your remaining fingers will curl around the stick.

While it may seem rude, a surefire way to know if you’ve gotten this grip right is to look like you’re flipping the bird at the audience. It’s a sign of good traditional form.

The All-American Grip

The easiest grip for beginners is the American grip. This grip keeps the sides of your hands facing down towards the drumset.

You’ll grab the stick in between the index finger and thumb. Find your natural balance point so you know where to hold the stick. Curl the rest of your fingers around the drumstick and you’re good to go.

Match the off-hand and use a wrist and finger motion to strike the drum heads.

Using a German Grip

The German grip starts in the same way as the American version. You’ll find the balance point and curl your fingers around the stick.

The main difference between them is your hand placement. The German grip features a palm side down position.

Your elbows will naturally bend out a bit when you turn your hand’s palm side down. Use a firm wrist motion to strike the drums.

Bon Soir! How to Play With a French Grip

Use the same balance point as the American grip again and curl your fingers around the sticks.

Face your palms towards one another and tuck your elbows in. In the French grip, you’ll only use your fingers to strike the drum.

Your wrists and arms remain stationary while playing.

Now You Can Grab Your Drumsticks and Jam!

Ready to grab your drumsticks and rock out? You’ve got this!

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