Help with snare!

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TheLoganMorris Offline
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Help with snare!

Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2015 8:22 am

I'm trying out for snare next year at my high school and I need help with a wide variety of things. When I hold trad it hurts my hand like a lot it feels like its cramping and I'm not sure if I'm holding it wrong or what. I also need some help with building up my chops I have a lot of trouble trying to do majority of things with my left hand. Any help would be appreciated.

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Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2015 4:57 pm

First off, it would be helpful if you uploaded a picture of your left hand (: and then also you could compare you grip to pictures/videos online of professionals. YouTube is a gift from the heavens when it comes to learning or refining your drumming

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Re: Help with snare!

Posted: Fri Sep 18, 2015 5:35 am

Everyone starts out that way. It would be nice to see some photos per skywalker77799

Are you a middle school student? If so, then I recommend getting in contact with the HS Drum Instructor, or experienced drumline students for lessons. If there is an audition process, those people can tell you about the audition expectations, and give you advice on what to work on. Ask specifically for audition exercises, warmups, and standard pieces (e.g., cadence, fight song, etc)

Other than that, some good "general" practice routines are pretty well discussed elsewhere in the forums, along with the various growing aches and pains you can expect to experience.
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Re: Help with snare!

Posted: Mon Sep 28, 2015 12:41 pm

My advice to you is to be patient. It took me about 3 weeks for traditional grip to come naturally. Also the left handed problem is going to take you a while. I am naturally a left hand lead player, and leading with my right hand was impossible at first. But after a summer of practicing, I'd say my hand balance in skill from left to right hand is about 55% to 45% (I eventually hope to have a dominant right hand.) Some things how ever that you are so used to right hand lead (or left in my case) are devils to deal with. Swiss army triplets and any flam rudiment will be confusing by trying to play with your non dominant hand. The chops are probably the least you should worry about; if you play them clean the dexterity and speed will come naturally.

Good luck to you!
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