Practicing basic rudiments with traditional grip?

ButchA

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Good afternoon,

First off, allow me to confess that I have never really had a professional drum lesson in my life. I mean, okay, back in the 70's in high school, I got "shown" how to play a basic 4/4 tempo rock beat, and that was it. I took it from there and sort of picked up things on my own by ear.

Anyway, I have been working on single stroke rolls, paradiddles, and discovered that I can do it a little better with a traditional grip rather than a matched grip. Is this normal?
 

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You are most likely going to have to post a video of yourself playing traditional and matched grip. There could be a lot of things going on.
 

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Good afternoon,

First off, allow me to confess that I have never really had a professional drum lesson in my life. I mean, okay, back in the 70's in high school, I got "shown" how to play a basic 4/4 tempo rock beat, and that was it. I took it from there and sort of picked up things on my own by ear.

Anyway, I have been working on single stroke rolls, paradiddles, and discovered that I can do it a little better with a traditional grip rather than a matched grip. Is this normal?
I think it’s normal. Despite my handle, I too can play rudiments a bit faster and more tension free with traditional grip, than matched grip, even than with my right hand. I attribute it to my ability to play with lower stick heights with traditional grip.
 

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If you had been playing matched grip most of the time....then yes....it would outside the norm.

I played traditional for 52 yrs then switched to matched for 3 yrs. Some of my rudiments are now faster with matched. But the rolls and fine "comping" may never be exceeded by matched.
One interesting point I've noted. Despite playing matched 95% of the time.....my rudiments using traditional have improved fairly significantly. I'd want to say that whatever I gain in matched, the traditional comes up around 65-80% of that
despite almost never using it. So the muscle memory is still getting advanced regardless of grip.
 

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Do what works.
Thank you... Here's a few things about me:

I'm lefthanded, playing on a (100% fully backwards :p ) lefty electronic kit.
I play rock and common 4/4 tempo beats, matched grip.
I play swing and be-bop and easy blues shuffles, traditional grip.
I practice rudiments, flams, paradiddles, traditional grip.
I practice rolls, and snare/toms/floor tom accented rolls and alternating stick rolls, cymbal crashes, matched grip.

...One of these days, I will get it all figured out! :cool:
 

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Thank you... Here's a few things about me:

I'm lefthanded, playing on a (100% fully backwards :p ) lefty electronic kit.
I play rock and common 4/4 tempo beats, matched grip.
I play swing and be-bop and easy blues shuffles, traditional grip.
I practice rudiments, flams, paradiddles, traditional grip.
I practice rolls, and snare/toms/floor tom accented rolls and alternating stick rolls, cymbal crashes, matched grip.

...One of these days, I will get it all figured out! :cool:
Maybe one day I'll get "normal" figured out
 


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