How to Hold Drum Sticks: Best Techniques Outlined

Few people are aware that there are various different ways to handle drumsticks. These many grips are beneficial to master since one may suit you better than the others. Various gripping techniques have emerged in the field of drumming, including the French, German, American, and Traditional grips. It’s a good idea to experiment with each of these approaches to see what works best for you and the music you play. The faster you master the appropriate stick grip, the faster you will master drumming. Learn both the matched and conventional grips by reading this instruction. You’ll make more progress as a drummer after you figure out how to handle your sticks properly.

How to Use a Matched Grip on Drumsticks

Many drummers practice inappropriately, relying on improvised ways that might lead to wrist discomfort and other long-term harm. Breaking negative habits and developing new ones that help you progress as a drummer are all part of learning the appropriate grip for you and your style. Learning to play with a matched grip is one of the cornerstones of the appropriate hold. When you use a matched grip method, you hold your drumsticks in both your right and left hands in the same manner. For most types of music, this has become the most popular grip. There are various variants under the wider category of “matching grips.” The American, German, and French grips are examples of these types.

The American grip is the most frequent and simplest grip technique for many novices. This matching grip approach is simple to pick up. It provides both power and control when playing, and it may be used to execute a wide range of musical styles. To learn how to play with an American grip, follow these steps:

  • 1st Step

As though you were going to play the drums, take a seat at the drum set. Raise your left hand and straighten your wrist so that your palm faces down, and your fingers are straight forwards and parallel to the floor.

  • 2nd Step

Make sure your hands are no more than two inches over the snare drumhead while keeping this stance.

  • 3rd Step

Curl your index finger inwards towards you.

  • 4th Step

Bend your index finger to the point where the tip meets the edge of your palm. This grip creates a “pocket” for your drumstick to rest in. This pocket will serve as both a major support and a point of balance for your drumstick.

  • 5th Step

Place the drumstick between your thumb and index finger, gently bending your index finger to make it appear like you’re pulling a trigger. The drumstick should sit on your index finger’s first knuckle.

  • 6th Step

The next step is to locate the balancing point. This balance is important while playing the drums because it allows your sticks to “bounce” off the drumhead. When done correctly, your sticks should bounce back off the drum and fall back down without any further effort on the drummer’s behalf. You may use your drumstick to find the optimal balancing point by sliding it up and down; the best choice should give you roughly seven bounces. This is roughly two-thirds of the way from the tip of the stick for most individuals.

  • 7th Step

Place your thumb along the drumstick’s top. You’ll want to move your wrist so that the palm of your hand is towards the floor once again after you’ve reached the ideal balancing position. Remember not to push down on the drumstick with your thumb. Rather, it secures the stick in place while you’re playing.

  • 8th Step

Wrap your ring, little, and middle digits beneath the drum stick with your other three fingers. These fingers, like your thumb, should not be gripped too firmly. This grip allows you to have more control over your drumsticks while yet allowing them to bounce back off the drumhead.

  • 9th Step

Because the American grip is a form of matching grip, repeat the procedures with your right hand as well.

  • 10th Step 

Play! When you’re ready, use a finger and wrist motion to hit the snare drum. By flexing your wrist and moving your drum stick up and down, you can do this. Make sure your hands are facing down and parallel to the ground. Adjust the tightness of your supporting fingers and thumb to provide more or less bounce when playing. Keep your forearms, shoulders, and elbows as relaxed as possible. Almost all of the drumming action should originate from your wrists and fingers.


It’s good to understand all types of drumstick grips, regardless of the style of drumming you favor. You may sharpen your technique and strengthen your control over the drum sticks by practicing different matching and conventional grips, allowing you to play the drums with greater proficiency. Always double-check your position while training to make sure you’re still in the right spot. 

Practicing is beneficial, but only if it is done properly. You might damage yourself in the long term if you get too caught up in the music and don’t pay attention to your form. If you practice wrongly, you won’t develop the necessary muscle memory. This tutorial should have provided you with a range of styles to add to your repertoire. Let us know how you liked the matching and classic grips in the comments section below!

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