by Estifanos (age 8), of California, U.S.A.
“Top Reasons for Loose Hands,” is a interesting You-Tube drumming lesson about the hands, and how to use a loose grip to play the drums. It was taught by a fantastic drummer named Rob Brown, from Toronto, Canada.
The most important things I learned from watching this video were:
- Loose hands are important because you can get injured by banging the drums very, very hard if you have a stiff grip on the sticks.
- There is a sweet spot close to the middle of the drum, that makes good volume if you just bounce the stick on it instead of hitting it.
- If you lift the tip of the stick higher up, and bring it down fast (instead of hard), it makes a loud sound. And it takes very little effort.
What makes a loose grip loose is holding the stick with your thumb and middle finger, and just barely touching the stick with the other fingers, and letting the stick bounce on the drums.
Here is a picture of my drumming practice pads, with a “Loose Hands” note stuck on top, to remind me to do loose hands:
And this is a video clip of me trying to do it…
Loose Hands Practice
At the end of the video, Rob asked if people would share it with any other drummers they know. So, here’s a link to it. Please subscribe!