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Old 11-23-2006, 11:51 AM
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does drumming hurt? any tips??

hi guys and gals, I've been drumming for about 5 years now, and this summer I did a 14 day back to back tour with my band.

the problem was that a week before the tour our joint hadliner act lost their drummer, so i filled in for both bands every day for a fortnight. that was aprox 2 45 mins sets, one average speed, one thrash metal speed.

around 9 dates in, my right wrist really started to kill. It was a really wierd, sort of burning pain, and i couldnt squeeze anything without getting shooting pain up my wrist. and my wrist clicked severely all the time.

anyway, i remidied this by warming up more, for about 20-30 mins before each gig, but every time i played the faster set my wrist died every night of the tour. I've quit that band since, and stayed with the slower bands stuff.

everything was fine after I had about a month off, but the last gig i had, which was only 30 mins set and quite slow in tempo, my wrist started to hurt again. I only warmed up for about 5 mins though.

any tips??? im gettin worried ive damaged myself permanently!!
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Old 11-24-2006, 02:07 AM
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not sure what to tell you about that but I have had the same problem a few years ago. I was playing with a band and we had about 5 sets and about half way thru my wrist would do something very simler but it would start to go numb and the only way to make it stop was to stop playing for a while,

the only thing I found that helped was that I had gotten into playing with wrist in the wrong postion. not sure what wrist is hurting you but I am going to guess it is your right. I would start out buy readjusting your hihats to a diffrent postion, also doing some practice on a pad and make sure that you are holding the sticks in the right postion because that can mess your wrist up if it is in the wrong postion while playing, it should be the same postion as playing on the snare as on the hats so I would start by repostining your hats and go from there, if the problem keeps up see a doctor there could be an underlying problem that your not aware of.

on a minor not my wrist started hurting on the thrash/metal songs as well so I really do understand
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Old 11-24-2006, 04:22 AM
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learn the moeller technique by studying or taking a lesson with DOM.

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Old 11-24-2006, 05:44 AM
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aah excellent, it's nice to know I'm not alone I'll definately look at my technique with my right hand as it can be a little slack sometimes.

thanks very much for the link!

I helped speed up recovery by wearing a support for a few days, that really helped. I had a gig last night and warmed up for about 40mins by tapping on my legs then on a pad with my sticks, my wrist was fine

maybe i'm also underestimating the importance of warming up... how long do you warm up and how long for??
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Old 11-24-2006, 11:08 AM
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To be honest, I don't warm up much, but then I don't gig much. 'Bout once a month. I've found if I warm up then don't for a while before the show, it hurts more than if just get out there and kill the pig. But a little helps to get me in the zone.
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Old 01-15-2007, 04:31 AM
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i have never experianced pains in my wrist but i have in my legs and pointer fingers... just take some advil and you'll be good
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Old 02-27-2007, 04:31 AM
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If you have taken the time to warm up properly & if you are playing correctly,
you should be totally relaxed. No matter what kind of music you are playing.
For example; hitting the snare from over your head should be just for show & tell. You can get the same volume without lifting your arm over 4 inches. Their is a long roll exercise that starts out extremely slow. The purpose is to start with the muscles in your back. As the tempo gradually picks up, you work your way down to your fingertips. Sometimes called the Moeller Method, it really works. Check it out. You will be a much better drummer.
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Old 02-27-2007, 07:38 AM
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sorry to hear about you technique problems. Relaxation is the only way to not injure yourself as already suggested. this is the main reason i strongly suggest getting a a quality teacher as opposed to self taught methods...

you must be a full on drummer to that kind of stuff.
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