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Old 01-26-2020, 10:09 AM
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When i want to look cool, i play traditional..
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How true! When I see a guy playing traditional, I immediately think to myself, "yeah, this guy can play!"
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Old 01-31-2020, 03:04 PM
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Default Re: How Do You Play? Matched or Traditional Grip?

Both of course, but there's more grips than just those two.

I'm a little pi$$ed off about this topic right now, because one my percussion students was recently chastised by an audition "judge" for using traditional grip. My 12-year old student (very accomplished rudimentally) was recommended by his school band instructor to audition for the Connecticut Eastern Regional Middle School concert band. It's considered very prestigious to qualify. He chose a very difficult competition snare solo well beyond middle school level, and I worked with him for 4 weeks to perfect it, which he did.

The day after his audition, he showed up for his Sunday lesson as usual, and I expected him to tell me that he passed the audition with a high score just as he did the previous year. My heart sank when he told me that he failed the audition because one of the adjudicators told him that he shouldn't be using traditional grip; only matched grip is universally accepted in modern percussion applications. What an idiotic, unqualified remark is that??? And what a stupid thing to say in a state where traditional rope-tensioned drumming is alive and well in numerous fife and drum corps!

Am I crazy teaching traditional grip? Is it really dead?


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Old 01-31-2020, 04:55 PM
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Default Re: How Do You Play? Matched or Traditional Grip?

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Both of course, but there's more grips than just those two.

I'm a little pi$$ed off about this topic right now, because one my percussion students was recently chastised by an audition "judge" for using traditional grip. My 12-year old student (very accomplished rudimentally) was recommended by his school band instructor to audition for the Connecticut Eastern Regional Middle School concert band. It's considered very prestigious to qualify. He chose a very difficult competition snare solo well beyond middle school level, and I worked with him for 4 weeks to perfect it, which he did.

The day after his audition, he showed up for his Sunday lesson as usual, and I expected him to tell me that he passed the audition with a high score just as he did the previous year. My heart sank when he told me that he failed the audition because one of the adjudicators told him that he shouldn't be using traditional grip; only matched grip is universally accepted in modern percussion applications. What an idiotic, unqualified remark is that??? And what a stupid thing to say in a state where traditional rope-tensioned drumming is alive and well in numerous fife and drum corps!

Am I crazy teaching traditional grip? Is it really dead?


Mike
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Old 01-31-2020, 06:04 PM
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The guy's a clown. Let me guess, he probably thinks Buddy Rich wasn't very good, right? Because there is always one guy in the crowd that says that, and he is probably that guy.

Plenty of really good modern day drummers play traditional to, and not just the jazz guys. Even Neil Peart, RIP, saw the value in traditional grip later in his career. It definitely has its place. I do know a couple of drummers that think traditional grips days have passed, but even they wouldn't fail somebody for playing it, especially if it works for the drummer.

I'd go have a friendly little chat with that jackas...umm sorry, I mean gentleman, if I were you.

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Old 01-31-2020, 07:53 PM
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Default Re: How Do You Play? Matched or Traditional Grip?

Started out traditional when I was 12, played that way all the way through school. Then at some point (don't remember) switched to matched. I would like to try going back to traditional but it's too difficult for me at this time. I have enough trouble as it is with matched.
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Old 01-31-2020, 08:14 PM
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Started out traditional when I was 12, played that way all the way through school. Then at some point (don't remember) switched to matched. I would like to try going back to traditional but it's too difficult for me at this time. I have enough trouble as it is with matched.
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Old 01-31-2020, 08:34 PM
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Both of course, but there's more grips than just those two.

I'm a little pi$$ed off about this topic right now, because one my percussion students was recently chastised by an audition "judge" for using traditional grip. My 12-year old student (very accomplished rudimentally) was recommended by his school band instructor to audition for the Connecticut Eastern Regional Middle School concert band. It's considered very prestigious to qualify. He chose a very difficult competition snare solo well beyond middle school level, and I worked with him for 4 weeks to perfect it, which he did.

The day after his audition, he showed up for his Sunday lesson as usual, and I expected him to tell me that he passed the audition with a high score just as he did the previous year. My heart sank when he told me that he failed the audition because one of the adjudicators told him that he shouldn't be using traditional grip; only matched grip is universally accepted in modern percussion applications. What an idiotic, unqualified remark is that??? And what a stupid thing to say in a state where traditional rope-tensioned drumming is alive and well in numerous fife and drum corps!

Am I crazy teaching traditional grip? Is it really dead?


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Old 02-01-2020, 11:30 PM
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Matched 99 percent of the time, but I break out the traditional and skip the 2 and 4 on the hats when I play Stones.

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Old 02-02-2020, 12:14 AM
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I started "Traditional" and progressed quickly. Maybe due to being a lefty. Matched grip wasn't an issue until mallets and Timpani came into play. I still play traditional grip about 95% of the time.
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Old 02-02-2020, 01:31 AM
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When i want to look cool, i play traditional..
you're taking a helluva chance aren't you ? ...; )
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