How To Hold Drum Sticks To Prevent Hand Fatigue

If you want to learn to hold drum sticks to prevent hand fatigue, you may need to change your drumming habits. You can hit just as hard or softly as you usually do, but simply change the way you hold your drum sticks. Take time to practice with these steps.

If you want to prevent hand fatigue while holding your drum sticks, you will need:

  • Drum sticks
  • Drum set
  1. Drum with your wrists limp. This will help loosen your grip and keep pressure off of your arms and fingers.
  2. Practice hitting your snare first with your wrists loose and your grip on your drum sticks balanced in your palms.
  3. Once you are able to do rolls on your snare with your wrists loose, you will begin to see that not only are you able to play longer without hand fatigue, but you will be able to control the volume and finesse of your hits.
  4. Begin to play on your toms and cymbals with your wrists controlling the dynamics of your playing.
  5. The more you practice using your wrists to control your hits, the stronger your wrists will get. Before you know it, you'll be a more dynamic player and your hands, fingers and arms will not get tired as quickly as they used to.
  6. Before and after playing your drums with loose wrists, rotate your wrists several times to loosen and strengthen them. This will make progressive playing in the future make you capable of playing longer and more efficiently while not getting hand fatigue.
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