Getting started on the drums is exciting, but first you'll need to know how to hold the drum sticks correctly with proper technique. Follow these easy steps to learn how.
The grip you'll learn here is called "Matched Grip." Both hands are the same, they "match." So start by using your dominant hand and then repeat with the other hand, mirroring the look and feel.
Pick up the stick with the bead facing away from you and with your hand comfortably behind the stick's balance point, closer to the end than the front. It's common practice to place your hand in the same spot every time you play by using the stick's identifying markings.
Your other fingers wrap around the stick as well, but the pinkie and ring fingers barely add any pressure.
Your wrist should stay loose and elastic to help your technique as well as to avoid injury. Also remember to keep the wrists generally straight. They should not be arched up or down, or deviated left or right.
Your hands will mirror one another in matched grip.
The drumsticks should start to feel like natural extensions of your arms as you get more and more comfortable. This takes time so don't be discouraged.
Get seated, after you've expertly set up your drum kit, and with both hands matching each other, you are ready to play!
Now that you can confidently pick up and hold your sticks, you’re ready to begin practicing your drum strokes!