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Traditional versus Match Grip
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Personal Note: Personally I started with both traditional and match grips right from the beginning and have stuck with both. I drum about half with traditional grip and half with match grip. Why? The sole reason is that traditional grip is cool. No other reason. When I play jazz, a very-cool genre, I actually prefer traditional grip. When I play rock, a powerful genre, I prefer match grip.
Match and Traditional Grips
Although much has been written about match versus traditional grip and a debate continues, it's really a simple issue. There is NO debate as to which is stronger and has more endurance. Although you can build up your traditional grip speed, strength, and endurance, match grip is ALWAYS easier learn.
With match grip, you hold both sticks the same.
Traditional Grip (left hand)
With a traditional grip, your right hand is the same as explained above but the left hand uses a different grip to easily increase the stick angle.
The Left Hand:
The Right Hand:
Traditional Grip Demo
Tips and Suggestions
What do I do?
Playing two handed hi-hat beats with a traditional grip is slightly more comfortable than with a match grip. This is because traditional grip allows you to drop your elbow down more than match grip (the angle of the hi-hat and your position on the drum stool effect comfort as well). This is a minor consideration but if you know both traditional and match grip, consider using traditional grip when playing hi-hat grooves.
Match Grip: Comfortable Enough
Traditional Grip: More Comfortable
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