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If you're a novice to drums, the jargon and the techniques involved can be most puzzling. What is certain is that you need to take the time to practise the correct individual techniques before you can work hands and feet together.

Posture is very important in order to prevent unnecessary fatigue. Your spine should be straight and your shoulders, arms and wrists slack. Sit so that you use your calf muscles only. Hold the sticks with a light pressure in whichever grip you prefer; do not clutch them tightly and tense your muscles – just hold them in a relaxed, controlled way. Stretch before playing to ensure your muscles are loose.

Find the balance point of your drumsticks and you can find the natural rebound; speed drumming depends on minimum effort, and a perfect rebound will save you effort later. Many drummers will sacrifice good timing and precision for speed, so make sure so you do not.

Start playing with your wrist parallel to the playing surface. Raise your wrist to play louder; do not raise your arm. Keep your body relaxed, do not tense it. Do not develop into a caricature of a drummer; head bent, neck straining, sticks slightly out of control, cheating on rolls, hands raised too high and occasionally dropping a stick.

Playing drum rudiments are vital to your drumming; mastering these will go a long way toward becoming a creative player. There are 40 rudiments that are considered necessary to good drumming; knowing these will build versatility and strength into your drumming.

Now you can begin to develop your stick technique.

Source by Sandy Peaks

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