How to hold the sticks 1

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German Tympani Grip 1

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1. Start by sitting closer to the front edge of the stool, with the back straight.
2. Wrap all fingers around the stick. There should be 1 cm protruding from the base of the stick.
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3. Both sticks should be held in the same place.
4. The thumb and index finger grip the stick together. This part of the grip is called the 'Fulcrum.' This is the balance point - similar to the middle of a see-saw.
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5. The other three fingers wrap around the stick as support, while the thumb and index finger grip with a little more pressure.
6. Fulcrum - The stick should rest in the first crease of the index finger.
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7. Fulcrum - The thumb lies flat on the stick, opposite the index finger.
8. Don't let the thumb arch up.
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9. Don’t let the thumb ride up the stick (this usually happens if the index finger is wrapped around too much).
10. And don’t let the index finger lay across the stick (the stick won’t bounce and you may hurt your finger).
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11. Lastly, minimise any gap between the thumb and index finger.