Archive | Drum Technique

Learn How to Play Drums Using the Matched Grip for Volume, Speed, and Accuracy

This page describes how to play drums using the matched grip. If you need to review the matched grip, go to the matched grip drumsticks lesson. The previous lesson discussed how to hold a drumstick, and here we’ll be moving into actually hitting a drum. As the title suggests, the purpose of this lesson is […]

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Fast Stick Drumming Techniques

Good drumming techniques will make you a fast and efficient drummer like nothing else. You can practice for days on end with wrong technique and still not be able to do what one hour of practice with proper techniques will let you accomplish in terms of speed and efficiency. (By efficiency I mean using the […]

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One Handed Drum Roll – Discover the Key to This Vital Technique

Performing a fast one handed drum roll is not very difficult with the right technique and practice. There are two techniques commonly referred to as "one handed roll," and should not be confused. The first uses the drum’s rim to lift the stick up so that the tip hits the drum-head both on the hand’s […]

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Learn About Drum Sticks Balance

The first thing anyone should learn about playing with drum sticks is stick bounce and balance. This is essentially drum sticks 101, and is the basis of some of the other drum stick technique discussions on this site. Therefore, we must first explore this topic here. Drum playing with sticks makes much use of stick […]

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Bass Pedal Technique

It is only natural to have less control and precision in the feet than in the hands. Therefore, proper bass pedal technique is extremely important for playing the bass drum effectively. Good technique on the bass pedal will help you play faster and with more power. Heel Down Technique There are two basic ways to […]

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How to Play the Flam on Drums

The flam is a distinct sound created by two successive drum strikes made by the two sticks. It is essentially a way to embellish any given note and play it in a “fancier” fashion. The flam consists of a main note, made by the second stick that hits the drum, and a preceding grace note […]

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Holding Drumsticks Using the Matched Grip

Learning how use drumsticks properly is arguably the most important aspect of learning how to play the drums for a novice. Good technique will make you a much better player, and will make things easier to learn and perform. The first step is to learn how to properly hold the sticks. This discussion is centered […]

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Ambidextrous Drumming: Getting Past the Confusion to Become a “Drummer of the Future”

by Matt Ritter About 4 and a half years ago, I made a decision that has ended up revolutionizing my entire approach to drumming; I decided to play drums open-handed. The term “open-handed” simply means drumming without crossing the arms. On a standard kit, like the one that I play, this means playing the hi-hat […]

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