Welcome to my free online drum lessons site. This lesson's main focus will be on muscle strengthening exercises.
The lessons here can be used with the other methods found on my Drum Practice page. This method focuses less on the exercises used than it does on the way you hold the drumstick.
The photos below will show you step by step, how to maximize your muscle usage during practice.
I read about this technique in a drum forum that I like to hang out in from time to time. One of the other members was talking about how he used this exercise to build muscle in his arms and wrists.
I thought I'd try it for a bit and see if it worked for me. I've included the steps here for you to try it yourself.
First, place the butt end of your stick in the middle of your palm.
Next, curl your bottom three fingers around the bottom of the stick and place your index finger and thumb on the sides.
With your palm down in the playing position, your index finger should be on top of the stick, and your thumb on the side.
Make sure you hold the stick tight, you don't need a death grip, but you want to make sure it's not bouncing around in your hand.
But, please don't use this grip for actually playing the drums. This is only for "feeling the burn" so to speak.
I did a couple free online drum lessons on How to Hold Drumsticks that cover the proper ways to hold your sticks. Use those for understanding how to hold the sticks when you play.
What the grip shown above does is eliminate any rebound from the drum head, which means, you're going to have to do all the work yourself. No bouncing!
If you do this just playing straight 8th or 16th notes, you'll start feeling the burn in no time.
This is a great way to practice certain Drum Rudiments like the single stroke roll, where us drummers often find ourselves cheating and letting the rebound do the work for us. For a real workout, try adding a PILLOW for increased resistance.