View Full Version : Left-Handed Traditional Grip
03-03-2007, 04:53 AM
Ok so I guess I just want some confirmation on this. I'm ambidexterous, I play on a kit open handed, and on just a marching snare i would play left handed. i havent ever really done marching drums because i picked up drumming AFTER i left band in the 9th grade but i would love to start learning. i just wanted to know--when using a traditional grip-- if i should hold the stick in my RIGHT hand sideways opposed to the stick in the LEFT hand; the way right-handed drummers do. i know this is probly a dumb question but help a guy out please..
Well, considering that you're ambidexterous, it wouldn't matter which hand held the traditional grip. Swap between them initially and find out which one you prefer or are more comfortable with, stick with that one and practice with it.
I've always wondered what it would be like to play open handed but using traditional grip on your left hand as opposed to the more conventional matched grip.
03-03-2007, 01:38 PM
Although there are no strict "rules" in drumming you have to ask yourself two questions:
1. Does it make sense naturally and physically?
2. Does it make sense musically?
Is your ride cymbal on your left to play open handed as well? If so then this might work. But it seems that fills flowing to the right might be laborious. If I understand you correctly then I don't think it makes sense. But like I already said, there are no rules.
03-03-2007, 01:44 PM
Drumming is personal. While some techniques are better than otheres, if you feel tha you can get the most out of yourself playing a certain way, play that way.
The only rule is to find a position where your arms, wrists, and shoulders are at their most relaxed.
if your doing marching though, trad grip is definitely always in the left hand....for DCI at least, i havent seen any college lines with the right hand
set its a different story, whatever youre used to and comfortable with
03-06-2007, 02:42 AM
I think you should play with the traditional grip on whatever hand you're hitting the snare with, that is if your playing drumkit. I'm lefted handed and its super easy to play left hand trad, but playing on a hat with it is so friggin cheesy, So I switched to right hand trad to play on the snare. So thats my advice is to play trad on the snare hand, but if you're playing in a drumline play traditional with the left hand.
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