While I like Perkins' drumming, his technique has always seemed strange to me. How he gets any rebound at all with that grip is beyond my comprehension. He also plays thumbs up (French grip) quite a bit. I can't relate to that either. Execution is a personal pursuit. We all do it differently, not unlike walking.Has anyone ever seen Stephen Perkins's grip? The butt end of his stick is at like his middle finger - I have no idea how he does that.
I concur. I use matched grip for 99% of the time and only play traditional when a song or part needs some more sensitive playing. I notice that for some reason that feels and plays more natural. The fulcrum shifts as well, further to the center of the stick then with matched grip.For trad grip, it tends to depend on the style of music and how much power you need to impart to the snare drum. Holding the stick too close to the pivot point means less energy directed to the drum head for more forceful strokes. Rimshot playing falls into this category, as does rock drumming and most contemporary playing. If you're going to be playing jazz standards out of the real book, than probably more at the pivot point for maximum bounce.