- Aug 5, 2005
- Reaction score
- Chichester NH
I remember when I first started drum set lessons I played traditional grip at first because I thought my teacher would expect me to. He asked me why I was using traditional grip on the drum set when I wanted to primarily learn rock drums. I mentioned I feel more comfortable with matched grip. He encouraged me to play however is most comfortable. He was a big Frank Beard / ZZ Top fan which in hindsight made him the perfect teacher for me. Frank Beard has a great feeling groove with some solid technique and so did my instructor.
Traditional grip was necessary when the marching snare drums were tilted at a 45 degree angle. From my perspective it really doesn't make any logical sense to play traditional grip on a drum set. I love the playing of many drummers who do though. It makes no difference to me how a player gets his sound. I respect that we're all the same in our uniqueness.
I agree with this. I love the look of traditional grip and love the jazz history behind it but no matter how i try, my matched grip is SO much better. I have no problem whatsoever playing low volume rudiments or jazz comping on the the left hand using matched. I will say that swishing the brushes for jazz feels more comfortable using traditional but even at that, I can still play rudiments better with brushes using the matched grip. There really is no point to play traditional at this point but I do find myself doing it at gigs on occasion, especially if it is a song I have played a billion times.