I trying to practice this technique but it always let me to drop my stick. is there a correct practice procedure that will help me in not dropping my stick. sorry for my grammar.
I'm not into the dead-surface thing, but that's the first description of playing on pillows, that kinda makes sense to me... It's true, you have to do what Joe Morello would say as "accept the rebound". In other words, when the stick rebounds back, your wrist has to bend back with the stick, and follow it back. So, this is another way of saying loose wrists are a good thing - actually loose everything is a good thing. The goal is zero tension anywhere in your body...This is exactly what practicing on a pillow does.
It forces you to pick up the sticks off of the pillow to simulate rebound.
So when you actually get rebound from a drum head your hands are moving in the right direction and doing the right thing; so as to get the most sound out of the drum.
That's pretty much how it all works out - give it a shot. If you like it, stick with it. If not, then you're not breaking any rules. In fact, there aren't really any rules....until you go study music in college, then there's all kinds of rules. And those you have to let go of before you go out and meet people to work withThanks ncc, Bo and all! - I guess I can see both sides of the 'pillow vs no pillow' argument... Might give it a go out of curiosity...
Ha ha! I was going to post that same video as an example of how stiff he is! Just kidding It's not that he doesn't use his wrists, but he does seem to have a bigger large muscle contribution to his playing when compared to most.
Heavier sticks may build more muscles in your hands but they won't develop proper control. I always was taught "use what you use" and with that said, I use a Pro-Mark 2B hickory for everything, including light dinner jazz gigs. Stick thickness really doesn't have anything to do with volume really. I've seen guys go to gigs with 11A Combo sticks and run everyone out of the place because of the volume.There is a vendor at NAMM that displays steel drumsticks, meant for just the purpose ncc is talking about. I found it rather odd myself, just as I find practicing on pillows to be rather odd too. The job is to play the drums, so I practice with what I use to play the drums. I may switch around to slightly heavier sticks, or do my rudiments with brushes, but I've never gotten into the steel weights. I figure it's an argument but I would think you could do some physical damage working out like that. You're not muscle building, you're muscle coordinating, no?
Neil is s awesome in that vid, but if you compare his wrist action to Tommy Igoe's in this:
Thanks! Sounds like solid advice. I'll give that a go too.In my opinion, the best way to improve your control is to exercise that control via just good solid practice habits. Spend at least 10-20 minutes a day practicing things like the four "core" strokes (Full, Tap, Down and Up) because those four positions will give you mechanical realization as to what each stroke is used for.
Gary Chaffee wrote a great series of books on the subject.
Yes This !!Everything should be loose when you're playing drums besides your core which should be stiff you hold you steady. Loose wrists and a loose grip on your sticks will make faster playing easier. I've noticed as soon as I tense up I burn more energy, blister my hands and get sloppier. It doesn't matter if you've been playing for years or only months, staying loose will help you avoid injury and play better.