How to Hold Drumsticks, Pub. 1977

Over the past few years, many percussion technicians have tried to teach students the exact way in which to hold sticks.  Today, it is more common to teach not the correct way, but rather the several acceptable ways of holding the sticks.  The choice is largely determined by the physical makeup of the hands.  Surely a person with short, stubby fingers will not hold the sticks in the same manner as a person with long, thin fingers.  Yet both can be considered to have correct hand positions.  The following statements should serve as a general guide to good hand position.