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.
I tend to play about an inch behind the fulcrum. I've been playing drums for about 60 years; still playing. I've studied under some of the greats and most of them told me to make sure I hold at the fulcrum. It just doesn't work for me, I can't get a good bounce and I feel like I'm holding the sticks up next to the bead. Maybe I just have weird hands, but I think you need to listen to your hands and do what's comfortable and seems to work. I'll admit when I teach drums, I tell my students to hold at the fulcrum because that seems to work for most drummers; but not all.I seem to naturally hold mine further back then I see with others. Butt of the stick is barely visible. The fulcrum just feels right in that position. I'll slide up on them when I'm trying to lower my volume.
his middle finger does all the work, maybe doesn’t need the last two. I do that to keep my other 2 fingers from kicking the stick sideways. Still, just asking for developing trigger finger.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.
Got any tips for using a closer to the center grip? Probably I just need more time and practice to be able to feel when the stick starts slipping too far.The way I look at it there's no "perfect" or ideal grip. Moving your hand or holding the stick differently will quite often result in a different sound, and I want those options.