A couple weeks ago I set up an electronic drum set I had. I've never had drum lessons before, but I've watched some YouTube videos on drum grip and on basic technique. Within a week I found that I could roll with a standard grip without putting much of my own energy into the stick. It felt really cool because of how effortless it felt.
I've found there are really 3 parts I need in my grip to make the sticks roll
- A fulcrum for the drumstick
- A source of tension in my grip to control the roll rate
- Some source of stability to keep the drumstick from moving out of my grip
With these 3 pieces I can come up with all kinds of fun and interesting grips that might not be practical, but still work for rolling.
Is it harmful to my ability to play the drums if I mess around with my grip early on? Should I focus on practicing and mastering a standard grip first?