Alright, one thing I want to cover right now
is stick technique. I’ve seen a lot of drummers when they’re playing, they’re just clutching
onto their sticks for dear life. And that’s going to affect your style of play, it’s going
to affect, it’s going to hurt you over a period of time. It’s going to put strain on your
forearms and that strain is going to go all the way up and actually could affect every
part of your upper body if you think about it. So the proper technique to holding sticks
is to be as light as possible. I mean they should be to the point where they could almost
fall out of your hand. And the grip really, when you’re holding a stick for me, is between
these two fingers, your pointer and your thumb. And so you’re going to be holding your stick
like this. And so when you’re playing, basically you take that grip and just put it straight
down, and that’s the way you’re going to play. And see when I do this, the butt of the stick
hits against the big part of my thumb. So it’s kind of like a it bounces off that and
it gives it kind of that kind of support. So it’s not just, so I’m not clutching onto
it, and playing like a robot. Because that’s just going to hurt you over the long run.
So when you’re playing, play loose. Practice playing as loose as possible. And if you drop
a stick in practice, that’s actually a good thing because you’re playing loose. I’d rather
see somebody drop a stick and playing correctly as opposed to someone just clutching these
sticks and hurting themselves in the long run. It’s going to affect your fills too.
Your fills aren’t going to be very fluid, everything’s going to sound very choppy, very
mechanical. So number one thing to do is practice that grip. Practice light, and practice hitting
it against the pad of your hand. And so you can get that really quick motion. And so once
you get that stick technique down, one thing to try. One thing that I do and this is a
little more advanced, a little more in the future, but let’s say I’m playing just a regular
beat, a straight beat. If I want to go into a rim shot, and this falls under the category
of kind of like a stick tricks. You know everybody sees drummers like twirling the sticks ,
which really if you think about it isn’t that practical while playing the drums. But you
know it looks cool, so it’s something you can learn on your own time. But one thing
that I’ll do is when I’m playing a beat on the snare, and if I want to go to a rim shot
really quick, I’ll be playing and then really quick just switch it over during play. And
then I can go right into a rim shot. And this is something that one of my idols Carter Beauford
from Dave Matthews Band, who I think is an amazing, amazing idol. Someone to really take
after when you’re playing the drums because he takes so many different styles. Jazz, rock,
Latin, all these different things and he just incorporates them into his own style. And
he’s very clean and is a very good drummer. Someone to emulate. So that’s one think I
learned from him, so when you’re playing just a regular beat on a snare and you want to
go to a rim shot, just really quick as opposed to having to stop, twirl the stick and then
go down. It’s something very quick, just do it right under, go right to a rim shot, and
that’s something I’ll demonstrate for you right now.

Beginning Drum For Everyone : Basic Drum Stick Techniques for Drummers
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65 thoughts on “Beginning Drum For Everyone : Basic Drum Stick Techniques for Drummers

  • February 20, 2008 at 3:36 am
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    My Goodness that's an ugly Drum!

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  • March 21, 2008 at 5:40 pm
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    great vid

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  • May 12, 2008 at 5:09 pm
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    That's awesome! Great help!

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  • October 14, 2008 at 10:30 pm
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    who is this guy's name? he's a really good teacher because he shows that he has a way to go before being the drummer he wants to be by talking about his influences

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  • October 18, 2008 at 2:18 pm
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    Even you could improve some things:
    play with a 90° corner between your sticks.
    have your toms directed towards you

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  • October 19, 2008 at 5:17 am
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    i dont like any of these bands today peter chris and eric carr are way better then theses drummers in these bands take after peter criss or eric carr they thougth me a lot

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  • November 26, 2008 at 5:41 am
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    i want to learn drums ! no oppertunities for poor ppl in this world ! 🙁

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  • November 28, 2008 at 1:52 pm
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    you can save up for a rockwood 5 piece drum set for 300 dollers just change the drum heads

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  • December 15, 2008 at 1:04 am
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    how do you play your drums with your toms like that?!?!

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  • April 15, 2009 at 6:51 pm
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    TOTAL BOLLOCKS !

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  • June 7, 2009 at 9:11 pm
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    thats really not good advice. atleast use 3 fingers when holding the stick if not 4.

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  • July 1, 2009 at 6:45 am
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    we all have our comfort zone. dont judge.

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  • July 11, 2009 at 9:33 pm
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    Wel, I thoght it was vary gud. Yoo ar to drums what I am to speling.

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  • July 14, 2009 at 5:28 am
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    You need to learn the difference between a rimshot and a rimclick man. You can't be misinforming the public if you are going to be posting videos.

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  • July 14, 2009 at 10:13 pm
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    I like it … you are a good teacher!

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  • July 26, 2009 at 2:00 am
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    dude youre talking about rimclicks, not rim shots, learn the difference

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  • August 5, 2009 at 1:04 am
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    if im going to waste my time watching this video I would rather leave a comment instead of watching the rest because from the begging till 0:39 everything is true what this guy says. the rest it will make a good drummer but thats all you will ever be..never more

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  • August 29, 2009 at 9:20 am
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    nice joke man 😀 😀 i like it 😀

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  • September 13, 2009 at 6:34 am
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    good vid, all i gotta say is his grip is a little wierd, probably better to play with the back of the hand facing up a bit more, it really reduces strain on your wrist

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  • September 23, 2009 at 12:38 pm
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    Ringo Starr have been playing for YEARS and he's still doing the same things…and if u see him you're going to say: DUUUUDE! THAT'S BASIC SHIT?

    Come on, man. Don't be a fool. Music it's for having fun, not for be a CRITIC.

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  • November 11, 2009 at 2:35 am
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    smooth

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  • February 19, 2010 at 12:36 am
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    Why is everyone being so negative here? lol. Ronflugo1… seriously.
    And thanks expervillage for this video.
    I am all self taught, except for videos such as this, and I actually dont grip into my sticks.
    Great Video 😀

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  • March 9, 2010 at 3:04 am
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    yeah, fuck rock band, start a real band why dont you

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  • March 9, 2010 at 3:41 pm
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    TROLL IN THE DUNGEON!

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  • March 23, 2010 at 2:59 am
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    screw you. it's a great talent.

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  • August 12, 2010 at 3:16 pm
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    oh yeaah … now since you mention it in the end, your style of drumming does represent carter beauford. Very good stuff mate.

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  • August 21, 2010 at 12:14 pm
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    Holding sticks like a GAY !

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  • October 26, 2010 at 10:42 pm
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    WANNABE!!!

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  • November 24, 2010 at 1:44 am
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    Whenever I play now my wrist hurts every time even though my palms are down….

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  • November 30, 2010 at 4:34 pm
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    i saw lot's of spammers here, the title of the vid has a "Basic" in it, right?? so if you're talented and you think you can do better than this guy over here, why dont you just create your own video instead of putting your blah blah blah bullshit here?? it's so nice to see tutorials and stuffs like this for us beginners.

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  • December 1, 2010 at 2:56 pm
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    wtf expert village sucks cock at everything they could do a tutorial on sucking cock and they still wouldnt know what to fuckin do

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  • December 4, 2010 at 4:18 am
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    LOL he thinks a rim shot is playing the stick flat across the snare!!

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  • January 2, 2011 at 9:46 am
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    @snakespence a stick click can also be the sticks clicking together ya know.

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  • January 4, 2011 at 3:51 am
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    @totsuo831 Thank you. you seem like the only sane person here. he's teaching beginners the wrong stuff, he has a lot of technique things he needs to fix himself before he teaches. His fingers are off the stick, his thumb is on top, and doesn't know what a rim shot is. I do agree with him about how amazing carter beauford is.

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  • February 26, 2011 at 8:27 pm
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    Sorry my friend this is not how you hold the sticks…

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  • March 3, 2011 at 3:36 am
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    This guys doesn't know what he's talking about. His grip is all wrong. He doesn't know what a rim shot is. A rim shot you hit the center of the snare drum with the tip of the stick and the rim with the side of the stick at the same time.

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  • March 12, 2011 at 5:16 pm
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    lick my balls expert village, that stick technique is wrong

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  • March 19, 2011 at 3:57 am
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    That's a rim knock not a rim shot, cross stick technique. I guess you can call me an expert.

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  • April 22, 2011 at 9:36 pm
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    @whazznot His grip is correct. As for the rim shot thing, no that isn't a rim shot, but the actual name can vary. I have heard people say side-stick, cross-stick and rim-shot.

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  • April 22, 2011 at 9:37 pm
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    @StevieArt And how do YOU hold the sticks? This is how I was told to hold my sticks by a professional.

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  • April 23, 2011 at 9:16 pm
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    @Redsand. If your talking match grip his grip is wrong, but to each his own.

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  • May 2, 2011 at 1:35 am
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    Is that Peter Parker? o.O

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  • May 7, 2011 at 5:06 am
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    @x13l00dHunt3rs no, hes richard neville of "Five"….

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  • June 28, 2011 at 8:04 pm
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    lol stick tequinqe

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  • July 8, 2011 at 5:31 pm
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    @ChubexD People actually don't realize how tricky ringos fills are when it comes to playing them. you have to start with your left hand when on a right hand kit and vice versa. also some of his fills on help and i want to hold your hand and a bit of revoloution it sounds like he alternates hands when he is really doing unison hands.

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  • July 12, 2011 at 4:59 pm
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    @serkan380 You said gay. Oh what a dude

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  • August 21, 2011 at 12:49 pm
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    The Drum stick spin isnt a 'Practical' Thing? YOU DONT KNOW REV!

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  • August 22, 2011 at 11:00 am
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    Look at Joe Morello
    Because if you keep on playing this your thumbs facing up to the sky you will put your tendon on your wrist.

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  • December 13, 2011 at 1:32 am
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    That was so helpful, thank you very much!!! God bless you, sir.

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  • March 21, 2012 at 2:34 am
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    you were demonstrating the match grip.

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  • April 4, 2012 at 6:08 pm
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    in help i noticed he didn't even have all the basic tom drums ( i think it was the hi-tom but im not sure.)

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  • December 17, 2012 at 7:40 pm
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    So, you're saying what? That Carter isn't a great drummer? :p

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  • April 29, 2013 at 10:41 pm
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    twirling the sticks? thats not twirling, that is what you call a fake twirl…..have you ever seen a real twirling of the sticks?

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  • May 23, 2013 at 8:04 pm
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    Rimclick!!

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  • May 23, 2013 at 8:12 pm
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    Actually, I agree. developing fast and CLEAN double strokes, for example, would be completely impossible if the sticks were held loosely in your hands.

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  • May 29, 2013 at 6:00 am
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    dude like it

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  • September 13, 2013 at 4:06 pm
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    i've been watching this part repeatedly for quite awhile now. 3:04 – 3:08

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  • October 27, 2013 at 4:22 am
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    I though he is Bear Grylls.

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  • December 8, 2013 at 1:01 am
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    Thanks you very much for your the video clip. It's help me more because I been struggling a lot with how to using stick specially with my left hand……

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  • January 25, 2014 at 7:26 pm
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    Nice but what are the basics to jazz

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  • January 26, 2014 at 10:54 am
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    the basics to jazz is using the ride cymbal to make a rhythm and lightly ad snare and hi hat  

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  • January 2, 2015 at 3:44 am
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    0:41 thats what she said…

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  • September 10, 2019 at 11:27 am
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    What the F**k are you doing?! People are trying to learn the drums with drum videos on YouTube and the this channel shows up giving fake information, thank God the channel doesn't make videos anymore! Those toms! 😂😂😂

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