The Moeller Method is a technique that many drummers use to maximize the power, speed, and control of your efforts. People that use the Moeller Method frequently have a much easier time playing the drums for longer periods of time and have a more relaxed sound to their drumming. Drummers like John Fisher claim to get 12 bounces on their snare drum with a single hit. How is this possible? There is only one technique in the world that would allow such efficient drumming abilities - The Moeller Method.
The Moeller Method is largely based around very basic and fundamental techniques. The Moeller Method includes the up stroke, down stroke, full stroke, and proper stick grip. These techniques are very basic, but they will prove very useful when learning to use the Moeller Method to its fullest potential.
If you hear people talking about the Moeller Method, you will often hear them refer to it as a whipping motion. This is probably the best comparison that someone can make. It looks very similar to a whipping motion, but it is important to know that it takes much less energy than a whipping motion does. With a normal whipping motion you use force to “crack the whip” with the Moeller Method you let gravity do the work for you. All you have to do is raise your hand (for now raise it above your head) now just relax all of your muscles and let your arm drop. Gravity will naturally pull down on your elbow first, and this creates what looks like a whipping motion. You do not need to use any force when you are bringing the stick back down. Let gravity pull your stick down.
There are a couple different variations of this technique called “The Moeller Strokes”. These different strokes are all the same except for the height that you raise your stick up to.
Low Moeller – This is the lowest, and often most used form of Moeller. For this stroke you only lift your stick about six to eight inches of your drum before relaxing all of your muscles and letting the stick come back down. This is the most common technique because you don’t always have time to raise your stick up above your head. Also, you don’t always need the massive amount of volume that comes from raising your stick above your head. The low Moeller and the half Moeller are often used in drum corps, and marching style snare drummers.
Half Moeller – This form of the Moeller Method requires you to lift your stick about 10-18 inches off of the drum that you are playing on. This technique is great for a snare drum beat where you want to bring the snare drum to the front of the mix, and have a nice loud cracking sound.
Full Moeller – The full Moeller happens when you raise your arm way up above your head before relaxing all of your muscles. You will see drummers like Travis Barker using this technique, not only does it add a lot of showmanship, and draw more attention to the drummer, but it also makes the stroke ALOT LOUDER!
As you can probably tell, the Moeller Method is fairly complicated to explain with text, I would highly recommend learning this technique from a qualified drum teacher, or from an instructional video of some kind. The Moeller Method Secrets DVD is a great training resource for learning this unique technique. Mike Michalkow, the host of the DVD has learned the Moeller Technique from Jim Chapin, who was Sanford Moellers’ best student. Mike is a well respected Moeller instructor, and is recognized by many drummers as a Moeller expert. His DVD will cost you less than your average hour long drum lesson and is very thorough. Check it out at MoellerMethod.com
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You can read additional information regarding the Moeller Method on the Moeller Method DVD website.
This unique training system is actually a dual-DVD package with hours of footage detailed every aspect of the moeller drum technique and several key related methods. You'll definately want to check it out if you are interested in learning to play with speed, power, control, endurance, and dynamics!