Left Hand Slicing and Palm Angle

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Left Hand Slicing and Palm Angle

Posted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 8:45 pm



Hello people,

I've been practicing snare drum for a while and I noticed that my left hand bread is not moving straight up and down. It's kind of moving at an angle maybe 70 degrees (at the most) towards my body. I usually have my palm angle not totallly perpendicular to the ground but maybe like 30 degrees outward so it's between flat and perpendicular.
Is this normal? Is there any way I can fix this? Also, what should the palm angle be with the left hand?

Any answer/reply is much appreciated!
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Re: Left Hand Slicing and Palm Angle

Posted: Sat Nov 07, 2015 9:40 pm



As always (sigh...) please post a video or photo.

In general, the stick angle (Slice) is affected by the center of the wrist rotation, and by the stick slipping down in between the ring finger and middle finger. The finger thing is strength and self-awareness. The wrist rotation thing can be fixed by raising the drum or applying a tilt. This will raise the forearm to be parallel to the floor, and the wrist will rotate perpendicular to the floor.
Without a metronome its not drumming, its just hacking.


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