I like to practice it, but I dunno that I'll ever fully switch to open handed. I feel like it's at least good in practice for grip, because the way the hi hat sloshes/tightness of it etc and then cymbals makes me strive for better control without even really thinking of it. Let alone it's good practice as far as just leading with the non dominant hand...after 10+ years of playing the other way, it was a huge step for me to do that lol. I think if i spent a few weeks with practicing syncopation I could probably get it down pretty quickly...i should probably challenge myself to that...we'll see lol.Once you get used to it, it wont seem as hard as it was before. I used to play crossed over, but my arm would get tired doing that, so now i play open handed.
There's no right or wrong way to play as long as it works for you. If something doesn't work for you, then it's probably wrong for you (notice I said probably). Ultimately though, never worry about, or wonder what other people think. Let your sound do the talking for you. If someone wants to judge you for the way you play or the way you look when you play or anything like that, then that's too bad for them.Im just wondering, because i play open handed.
I sometimes practice this way for pretty much the same reasons. It definitely has its benefits. It just makes sense to me as well, and it's fun.I agree with TwoCables.
Now, I personally have been developing open-handed playing for probably 6 years now, obviously not to the point where it is precisely as good as playing regularly, but it is now something that I do regularly live as well as during general practise. It has helped with my coordination and control, and obviously the flexibility of movement around the kit.
That being said, it is essentially learning to play from scratch, or near enough. Are you willing to put the work in to build up the coordination to play that way? If you're a new enough beginner, then I think it's a good exercise to work on it both ways as you have to develop coordination anyway, and the best student I ever had before she moved interstate was one who took the advice on board and put the work into practising everything both ways.
If you're an 'intermediate' level drummer, it may actually be more important to put less of a focus on open-handed playing, and just work on developing your overall abilities as you'll probably find there are more important things to work on. Once you start getting to a more advanced level, where you're already comfortable in numerous genres and you find that you are spending more time working out of specialised books, that's a great time to take up playing open handed.
Personally, when I work on any beats in books, I practise LH lead + RF lead, and RH lead + LF lead so that everything is getting work done. Logically to me this makes sense - having a strong limb creating a foundation for a weaker limb, so all that mental effort goes to the right place instead of being divided. I can, of course, play leading with any limb combination, although I know I probably can't coordinate opening a hihat pedal with my right foot as I haven't even attempted that in yeas
But yeah. There are certainly benefits to playing open handed. Increase in coordination, improvements to balance. Technique benefits, dynamic awareness, freedom of movement around the kit.
Oh, and one last thing: Jim Chapin actually recommended practising everything open handed if leading on the hihat at the start of Advanced Techniques. I must say, it's probably one of the best things for coordination that I've ever taken on board
This made me happy That's my kind of joke, Dr.!I've tried a few times. No matter what, the sticks just fall out unless I go ahead and close my hands. I'll keep trying!
Personally, I was only looking to make a serious comment. So, I guess I just skimmed over anything that didn't look serious. lol I don't remember reading that first post, but I vaguely remember seeming to know instantly that it wasn't a serious contribution. lolHaha, I know! I couldn't believe that no one else had commented on it yet. I guess the humor was too high-brow, and it went over everyone else's heads
Haha, I know, I'm just kidding! I routinely misinterpret things when I don't expect them to be humorous, haha.Personally, I was only looking to make a serious comment. So, I guess I just skimmed over anything that didn't look serious. lol I don't remember reading that first post, but I vaguely remember seeming to know instantly that it wasn't a serious contribution. lol