DAY 5 – Theory

1.How to choose the sticks?

As we know, there are many types of sticks, they differ in length, thickness, weight, the material from which they are made, the shape of the head, etc.

When you are choosing a stick for you, take into account your individual preferences – check whether it is better to use heavier sticks (these often provide better rebounding, but we have to use more force to lift them) or lighter ones (more „mobile” but often not rebounding so good).

Weight

Weight of the sticks are also different in terms of their balance, which is why those from the higher price range can be light but also great to bounce (recover energy after being hit).

Length

Choose the right length of the stick so that you do not have to pull back too much (the stick is too long), or that you will not have a problem with „reaching” to the snare drum and the drum set (when sticks are too short).

A suitable stick handle creates a lever mechanism, and the longer the lever arm (i.e. the longer the stick), the more strength you will get on the opposite side of the arm, also take this into account.

Thickness

The thickness of the stick affects the way it is held, so choose the thickness so that your fingers freely entwine the stick shaft, so that the fingers work comfortably.

Type of wood

The type of wood is also of great importance for the comfort of playing with sticks and sound – the most popular are hickory sticks – they are durable and sound very universal.

2.Up Stroke Technique

In short, the opposite technique to down stroke – after hitting you lift your wrist, together with the stick (wrist goes first, sticks is the second). So you pick up the stick, not so much by rebounding the stick, but by raising your wrist.

3.Moeller Technique

Very useful technique and very popular. I recommend that you get to know it better (internet, YouTube). We can distinguish 3 types of impacts building a typical scheme used in the Moeller Technique. We have already talked about all these 3 techniques, they are:

1.down stroke

2.tap stroke

3.up stroke

When learning the Moeller technique, start one at a time with each hand.

The first stage is lifting the wrist up (the stick is pointing down) – you raise your hand and when the wrist is already at the top, you raise the stick with the head up (turning the wrist up), then you hit the stick with the snare and allow it to bounce low height, which means that the second stroke no longer requires the use of force (tap stroke). The third stroke of the stick takes place as a result of raising the wrist up (as at the beginning – the stick points downwards, so raising the wrist causes the stick to hit the snare).

Same with the other hand. Train this technique persistently because it is very helpful, not only on the snare drum but also on the whole set.

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