What is the Moeller Method?

You may have heard drummers refer to the Moeller Method, but what exactly does it mean? Is it something you should specifically look for in your drum lessons? Here’s a quick overview…


The Moeller Method, or Moeller Technique, was named after drummer Sanford A. Moeller, who shared his way of teaching in his book The Art of Snare Drumming in 1925. His lessons were based on his observations of Civil War drummers, who played on level snares (as opposed to titled) and gripped their drum sticks with their little fingers.

Moeller’s techniques and recommended exercises also work to improve one’s power, control and speed, using gravity as an ally and a special “whipping” motion. If you’d like to dive further into this concept, Rock Drumming Underground describes the full stroke, up stroke and tap stroke you’ll need to practice in this article.

So is the Moeller Method right for you? When it comes down to it, every teaching method has its advantages and disadvantages. The best way to learn how to play the drums properly is to work with a private teacher, using a variety of techniques. Your instructor can help you figure out what specifically you need to work on, and what kind of exercises will help – individual attention and feedback is key.



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