Basically, there are two types of sticking techniques, as most drummers already know. One is the Traditional Grip, and the other is the Matched Grip. When it comes to which of the techniques to go for, there is no one that is a ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ choice. However, in order to get the most out of your time when drumming, there are certain essential things you should keep your eyes on.
The Traditional Grip
The traditional grip technique originated from the Military drummers who marched on battle-fields hanging snare drum on their shoulders. This grip was structured to aid the drummer in hitting the snare off to the side in an easier manner. Some of the characteristics of the traditional grip include less power and attack with each stroke, as well as increased control when it comes to ghost note patterns.
The Matched Grip
Another name for the Matched Grip is Rock Grip. This sticking technique is the most popular and widely used technique in recent time. One of the reasons for the popularity of the matched grip technique is the amount of force a player is able to apply behind every hit. In addition, the technique promotes the use of fingers in accelerating cymbal patterns or single strokes.
There are different versions of the matched grip as follows:
• The American Grip
• The French Grip
• The German Grip
The American matched grip is simply seen as the hybrid of both traditional and marched techniques. The French grip is when the player’s palms face each other and he engages his fingers more to strike each stroke; this technique is increasingly applied to speed up the stroke. On the other hand, the German grip refers to when a drummer’s palm is placed parallel to the drum and the drummer uses the wrist to hit the drum.
The Moeller or Whipping Technique
The Moeller sticking technique is named after drummer Sanford A. Moeller. Drummers believed that he arrived at this technique after observing drummers who participated in the 19th century Civil War. The Moeller technique combines a wide range of techniques in order to enhance control, power, speed, and at the same time provide the flexibility to integrate accented notes as the player deems fit.
Benefits of the Moeller Sticking Technique!
Gain Complete Control of Your Drum Sticks:
One of the best drumming methods to gain control of your drumsticks is the Moeller sticking technique. So, as you apply the technique, you will start getting maximum bounce as well as control from your strokes. Subsequently, it becomes easier to find the balancing.
Double Your Sticking Speed:
Perhaps, doubling or even tripling your drumstick speed is one of the best benefits from learning and using the Moeller sticking method. Using this sticking technique, you are able to engage the rebound of your stick to exert control over the number of strokes realized from every hit. Once you master the Moeller method, you will achieve two to six or even more strokes for every hit you strike on the drum.
Besides, learning the Moeller method would be a great way to switch from your normal drumming style to something new and more interesting. Some people consider the Moeller method a difficult technique to learn. However, there is actually nothing difficult if you put your mind to learning it.
Boost Your Sticking Power:
This is another benefit that comes with learning the Moeller sticking method. The different strokes that the Moeller technique teaches enable you to obtain extremely powerful hits on the drums as you engage your wrists as whipping motion. Maneuvering this motion comes fairly easy. But first, it is needful to get the proper style. In general, the technique helps you to get the best possible power out of the drumsticks without applying much pressure. Besides, you will boost your overall dynamics in playing the drum as you devote time to learn the Moeller sticking technique.
The Full Stroke:
The full stroke is a version of Moeller sticking technique. The essence of the full stroke is to obtain the most bounces from single stroke. To start the full stroke, raise up your drumstick to shoulder level and drop your arm. Once you do this, you will experience a whipping-like motion on the wrist, which in turn provides you a firm, outstanding stroke on the drum.
The Bounce or Tap Stroke:
In applying this sticking technique, little or no force is required. It is a small tap that you use the stick to hit. When the bounce or tap stroke accompanies the full stroke, the feel is more like a bounce. The volume of the tap stroke comes lower but audible.
Helpful Tip: One of the best ways to learn just any drumming technique and perfect in your drumming skills is to create an effective drumming practice routine and get committed to sticking to your routine.