What are the pros and cons of Traditional Grip vs. Matched Grip for snare and drumset?



Asked by: Donna Robinson

The advantages of matched grip are obvious. It is easier to develop strength, power and endurance and is easier to facilitate reaching around a large set up. The downside is that, because of the many more muscles involved is takes longer to learn left hand subtlety on graces notes and multiple bounce patterns.

What is better traditional or matched grip?





Physiologically, the traditional left underhand grip uses fewer muscles than the right overhand grip and this causes each muscle to do a larger percentage of the work. Matched grip is therefore technically easier to play, though for reasons stated above, it is not always the superior choice for every application.

Why do snare drummers use traditional grip?

Plus, the feel and approach to playing in a jazz rhythm section is most easily understood, and successfully executed, using traditional grip. This is because the natural tilt of the left stick in relation to the snare drum creates a sound and dynamic level that blends with the ride cymbal.

Which grip is best for drums?

The matched grip takes its name from the fact that both hands hold the drumsticks in the same way. This grip style works best when you hold each stick close to its midpoint, which allows the stick to bounce off the drum head or cymbal.

What drummers use traditional grip?


And then just change the angle of the drums. So I can stay upright like this all right now that you have the snare drum positioning dialed in we can go ahead and get into the actual grip itself. So

Did John Bonham play traditional grip?





To explain this, let me tell you about how and why I made decisions on hand grips up until now. When I first started playing drums, my primary drumming role models were John Bonham, Neil Peart and Peter Criss. They all played Matched Grip and so I learned by imitating. For many years I played only Matched Grip.

Are traditional grips harder?

Traditional Grip Cons: Harder to keep both of your Right and Left hand sounding the same. Slightly more difficult to learn properly as it involves less common muscles and the motion is awkward to start out with.

How long does it take to learn traditional grip?

To adapt to conventional grip, you will need 3-4 weeks to master it a lot more than that. Nowadays, this grip is not used as in the past, and as a drummer who played, matched the switch to traditional can be challenging.

How do you play fast with traditional grip?

Start with one first finger we're gonna go sixteenth notes two bars each finger. So one two ready go 1 e and a 2 e and a 3 E and a 4 E and a 1 e and a 2 e and a 3 E and a 1.

How do you hold the traditional grip marching snare?

In order to get the stick to stop. And that just isn't so all you have to do is keep your back of the hand closed really keep the brakes on and the stick will stop.



What is matched grip drumming?

Matched grip is a way of holding both drum sticks the same way. In this grip, palms face down, and the stick is in the “nest” (the center of the hand). Matched grip is mainly used for wrist strokes because in this position, the wrist can cover the biggest diameter.

How do you hold a drumstick matched grip?

Now don't turn your arms or anything like that just drop them by the side in their most natural position okay then what you're going to do is you're just going to bring up your hands.

Why do I keep dropping my drumsticks?

You’re going to have to do some work on your grip! I would suspect you’re not holding your sticks tightly enough. Are you playing matched or traditional grip, and are you always losing the stick from the same hand.



How do you play match grip?

Natural position hand is concave with the space remaining open. And the remaining fingers after the fulcrum gently grasp the drumstick pulling it towards the palm.

What is French grip?

French grip is a playing position in which your left palm faces your right palm while thumbs are positioned on the stick. This grip allows drummers to perform at speeds that would be impossible with any other type of grips; it’s perfect for finger playing but not so good for wrist play.

How do you hold a traditional drum stick?

Hand will be holding the drumstick in an underhand with an underhand grip and the other hand will be holding the drum set with an overhand grip alright so look and listen closely.

Who invented traditional grip?

It was invented around 1920s by the probably greatest keyboard percussion player of the 20th century, Clair Omar Musser. The grip operates with the palm facing down position as the Traditional and Burton Grip, except for rolls when the hand position switch to vertical( thumb facing up).