How To Drum: Why Fulcrum Is Important, Drumming, Drum Technique, Drum Fulcrum, Drum Lesson


Why Fulcrum Is Important

A drum lesson on Why Fulcrum Is Important in your technique. I break out exactly what drum fulcrum is, what it is not, and how we can use it in our drumming and technique.


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31 comments on “How To Drum: Why Fulcrum Is Important, Drumming, Drum Technique, Drum Fulcrum, Drum Lesson

  1. Robert Cain says:

    Ive been thinking about my grip…. I mean fulcrum point in my practice. This lesson eases my hold on the sticks. Oh and I cant get Captain and Tennille out of my head … Thanks :)

  2. Aaron Reyes says:

    Good explanation of Fulcrum. I have to get my left hand consistent in strength and control as my right before I move forward. Thanks for the helpful video.

  3. Sean Appel says:

    Thanks, Stephen. Great info! I haven’t been able to play in some time but hope to again soon. This will help get my mind back on the right track.

  4. Kerry Walker says:

    Awesome lesson. I needed that. My hands really need revamping.????????

  5. David says:

    Loved the lesson. I will practice this method. Very beneficial as I do hold to tight and do burn out sooner.

  6. Tony Campagna says:

    Thank you Stephen! Great advise. I really enjoy your views and your passion for helping others.

  7. rac says:

    Made a difference explaining it in plain language what really is the science of Fulcrum, especially the energy from the but going through the tip of the stick. Makes sense when it’s in light of how friction is either retained in the stick rather than freely released from the stick allowing more speed in a relaxed manner. Thanks.

  8. Jon swoish says:

    I have always been uncomfortable with my grip. I have been playing for over 30 years and still don’t have confidence in my grip with this lesson something I have been trying to accomplish for some time . Love the videos with your teaching style very comfortable and informative.. aloha

  9. Ben says:

    This is such a great lesson!! You are so passionate about this stuff and explain it so well. A relatively simple concept, but takes years to truly master. It’s one of those things that you just can’t watch someone explaining and then take it to the kit and be able to execute it immediately. It takes hours of sitting behind your kit and wrestling with different grips and hand positions to try and get a feel for what’s really happening – and utilise it to its maximum potential. The amount of times I’ve had to sit behind my kit and ask myself if I’m playing in the most efficient manner is unreal. Sometimes it can be soul destroying to have to rethink and relearn what you thought you’d mastered. Thanks for sharing (although I must admit, I’m finding the beard quite scary…!!)

    • Stephen says:

      Hey Ben…you’re more than welcome. And I actually debated whether I should film this or not because the beard had gotten out of control (went for a trim directly after). I’m ok with a little fear…

  10. Jeffrey Jarboe says:

    Nice job Stephen. There really is a science to a stoke and how to apply these things to make it easier and more efficient to play whatever style you want. I have also re-evaluated my technique many times to take the “next step.” This fulcrum info is especially helpful when playing a Fast jazz ride pattern for any length of time. I had to laugh at the scene in the movie “Whiplash” when the guy’s hand is bleeding trying to play a fast jazz pattern. I told non musicians that a really good teacher would never support that. I still liked the movie. Anyway, thanks for the lessons and I applaud your personal touch. You have a sincerity about you that comes across in the vlogs. You really want to help other drummers Improve and that’s COOL!!

    • Stephen says:

      I enjoyed that movie as well…although as you pointed out, they should have had better direction on the technical drumming side lol. And yes, I really do care and want to help others improve. Glad that comes through.

  11. Larry says:

    Yes! A great ( and nerdy) explanation. I’m forever working on my fulcrum. Cannot get it across to my young students, though. My other takeaway is “teleportation. We’re not there yet” Made me laugh and gave me hope.

  12. Gilles Beaumont says:

    I love this lesson. At 69 the less effort/energy I have to use to play, the longer I can play or practice.

  13. Paulom M says:

    Hi Stephen,

    Thanks for a great lesson. Yes, lately have been implementing the fulcrum awareness, pivot point between 2nd finger and thumb and moeller method exercises. Your lessons make things more clear. Thank you.

    Loved the quote on having a beginner’s mindset and not to be afraid of going back to drawing board / basics for readjustment and to see improvement.

  14. Bruce Taylor says:

    Stephen, I’ve been working at playing the dome of the ride on the upbeat of an 8th note ride pattern. At first I found that to get a distinct bell sound I could grip the stick tighter, but my arm started getting too tight. So, I tried using a whip motion and more of free stroke, but that didn’t work to well either. Do you have any suggestions? How do you approach bell patterns? BTW – another great lesson – thanks!

  15. Rick powell says:

    Hi wild man of Borneo!! Really useful vid Stephen, it’s so important to acquire good stick balance and this is great info thanks!

  16. Mike K says:

    Just getting back into drumming after 25yrs of family life. Self taught, but have always felt that hand position on the stick is a combination of comfort and balance. Without the 2 then there would be no fluidity in drumming and you came across brilliantly in this video and explained it in detail without making it complicated. Bravo!
    I’ve been following you for about a month now and really enjoy all of your videos. Thank you so very much!

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