Utilizing fulcrum point is the drummers best friend in preventing blisters on the
fingers or other painful drumming ailments. Drummers aware of fulcrum point
use the weight of a drumstick to do most the work so they can play.
Sometimes referred to as the balance point, the fulcrum is the spot on the
drumsticks where the stick is placed in the fingers. The Fulcrum Point allows
the drumstick to bounce freely. To find the Fulcrum, all you need to do use
eighter the "Pinch" or the "Karate" method.
With the "Pinch" method, place the stick between your forefinger and thumb
then allow it to bounce freely.
The "Kartate" method to find fulcrum point is to hold your hand over your snare
drum like you are giving it a Karate chop. Balance your drumstick on your pointer
finger and allow it to bounce freely.
You will notice with the "Pinch" or "Karate" technique the stick held in the middle
will not bounce and when held too far toward the tip with fall backwards.
This spot is generally found 1/3 down the shaft of the drumstick from the butt end.
Experiment until you find the balance, or fulcrum point on your favorite pair of
sticks. After you have located the fulcrum point on your sticks you might want to
mark them with a sharpie, tape or other method to memorize the spot. With your
"Pinch" on the fulcrum spot of the stick, your remaining finger rest gently on the
The Pinch Pal's is placed in the space that is created between the thumb and pointer
finger after the fulcrum point is found. Make sure you stilll allow the stick to bound
freely with out being choked by the fingers.