Pardon me, but there's an easy way and a hard way to do everything. Hence the development of technique. One wouldn't lift weights with dodgy technique, because besides not achieving maximum benefit, one could become injured. There's no sense kneecapping oneself from the start by rejecting all the knowledge that's been accumulated on any given subject. If you wish to hold your sticks in your armpits, by all means do, but you'll work 5 times as hard to achieve the same result, if you ever do. My two cents, whatever it's worth...Play music
Hold the sticks in your armpits if you are comfortable expressing yourself that way.
Just play music
Make a desirable and contributing sound ... that's it
Worry about sound.