Murray Spivack Technique

Murray Spivack was a Russian born American sound engineer. He was also a drum teacher whose students included Louie Bellson, Joe Morello, David Garibaldi, Phil Maturano, Josh Freese, Vinnie Colaiuta, Chuck Silverman, Chad Wackerman, Ed Shaughnessy and many more.

Some years ago I was at the masterclass of the drummer Phil Maturano (he also studied with Murray) and he spoke about Spivack technique, I had never heard this before, it was very interesting and caught my curiosity

Recently my drum teacher spoke to me about this technique, explaining the fundamentals, the grip and introducing a series of exercises playing the stick control (pg. 5, 6, 7) at very slow metronome speed (40 bpm) focusing on the grip and the movements… I’ve noticed great progress in my technique.

If you are interested and you wanna understand the grip and the movements check out this DVD/eBook:

Murray Spivack: A Lesson with Louie Bellson

Basic Snare Drum Technique – Chuck Silverman

Watch this Video will help you to understand the grip.

UPDATE: Here you can find an excellent article:

I recommend strongly to everyone to study the Murray Spivack technique, best regards.

2 thoughts on “Murray Spivack Technique

  1. I’ve been applying the Spivack grip by watching some very useful videos. I favor the French grip (as I know the Spivack technique can be useful whatever the grip you choose), but I have one doubt about the angle of the stick respect to the forearm in the said position. Do you have information about this particular issue?

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