Monday, June 2, 2008

How to Do a German Full Stroke on Snare Drum

A drummer's kit, be it used in rock, jazz, swing, blues, or any other form of music is both extensive and expensive. Well over a dozen different size and make of drum can be used in any one performance given the drummer's need to produce different drum tones and pitches. However there are methods of drumming which can be used to produce different tones from the same drum. They typically have something to do with how the drumstick is held and the drum is struck. The manner in how the drumstick is held is named according to the nation in which it originated. In this particular guide we will be explaining how to use the German style of holding the stick and using a full stroke on a snare drum. While a snare drum typically is used to produce a rapid rattling series of beats, when using this method you will find that the tone of the drum is significantly deepened and is more akin to a bass drum.

Things You’ll Need:

Snare Drum

Using A German Full Stroke on A Snare Drum
Step 1:
Begin with the drum either on its stand before you or on your lap if you don't have a stand. Be warned the sound of the drum will be muffled if you use it on your lap.

Step 2:
Grip the drumstick firmly in hand, with fingers down at the very bottom of the stick and thumb placed on the stick pointing towards the stick's head. This is the German style of holding the stick. It allows for more powerful and longer strokes while drumming, though is often not fast enough for many drummers' tastes.

Step 3:
With your hand slightly above and to the side of the drum, hold the stick completely vertical.

Step 4:
Twist your hand at the wrist and bring the stick down firmly onto the head of the drum. It should create a deep and reverberating note not characteristic of a snare drum.

Step 5:
Your drumstick will rebound from the drum's head; make sure to bring the stick back all the way up to the vertical before striking the drum again. Make sure the only movement involved in this stroke is at the wrist. It is these two factors which lend depth and power to this particular stroke.

Tips & Warnings
If you're not used to incorporating much in the way of wrist strokes in your drumming, make sure to practice this stroke extensively to build speed and strength before adding this technique to your repertoire.

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