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- Sep 19, 2005
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- Northeast Indiana
There are some exceptions to this:There is absolutely NO reason on Earth that anyone should learn to play drums using traditional grip. None. Traditional grip forces the left hand into an unnatural position and the left wrist into an unnatural movement. (After all, if that grip and movement were superior we'd use it for both hands.)
Traditional grip developed during the 18th and 19th centuries strictly to overcome the tilt that a snare drum has when marching with it hanging over your shoulder on a sling. This tilts the drum away from the left hand, which would force the drummer's left elbow uncomfortably away from the body using matched grip. So this less-than-ideal left-hand grip evolved to allow the drummer to play more comfortably for long periods while marching. Today's marching drum holders place the drumhead perfectly level, so traditional grip is no longer even required for marching.
Ohio State (oh, I guess the Bass Drum already says that)
Santa Clara Vanguard
The MANY Civil War Reinactor Drumlines
Many Miltary Parade/Show drummers
And not EVERYBODY has access, or wants to use the "modern" flat carriers.