i Lately I have actually done a lil moellar out of french grip to get accents on single stroke rolls but would this be considered the proper way to do this? Also how can you guys play exclusive french grip around the kit without hurting your wrists or getting tendinitis?
Here is a thread which seems to indicate Bonham used German Grip for much of his drumming.
Here's an excerpt from an article I recently read that examines Bonham's sound and style: “To start with, Bonham was known to use very little arm when he played, keeping them at a rather low position. As a result, he was able to conserve a lot of energy that other players waste flailing their...www.drummerworld.com
I don’t study Bonham so I don’t have an opinion on his style.
An advantage of German grip in my experience is that when striking hard and then keeping the stick at a low position (for instance, for a ghost note), the hold of the whole hand is more comfortable than just the thumb by itself, such as with French grip.
Grips have strengths and weaknesses.
My primary grip is German. I play death metal. What's that about finesse?So I take that as chalk one up for German being a finesse technique, while perhaps French is better for less nuanced banging away.