Do you wait to play your drums a certain ammount of time after you eat?

MrPockets

Gold Member
Or are you one of those people who eat food while drumming?

I usually wait. if I don't I get gassy and no one wants that.
 

GruntersDad

Administrator - Mayor
Staff member
I have never eaten while drumming. I need both hands for both. As far as afterward, I don't worry about cramping or needing a lifeguard.
 

Arky

Platinum Member
Often times I'm having a meal (at the PC) while practicing footwork on the double pedal (sitting right under my PC desk). Actually that's something which has become so normal I'm usually not noticing it any more. Admittedly, that's not real drumming involving everything/at a kit.
 

Pocket-full-of-gold

Platinum Member
As far as afterward, I don't worry about cramping or needing a lifeguard.
LOL, that was my first thought too.

As to the question. Sometimes during rehearsals or jam sessions I've eaten if there has been food available....obviously not whilst actually playing, but in between songs etc.
But waiting to digest food before drumming? Never even considered it.....as already alluded to, it ain't swimming. :)
 

AndyMC

Senior Member
Its actually a myth in swimming too, you'll get sluggish if you eat a big meal, but cramps come from over-exertion and not enough water. Imagine prehistoric man, just ate a squirrel-burger and that sabre-tooth tiger comes and chases you into a lake, but oh-noes you die because you cramped. Yeah, that never happened.
 

Aeolian

Platinum Member
Most corporate events and many weddings involving eating after you set up and right before playing. Often in a real rush.

When I got remarried 5 years ago, my new wife insisted that the band be 1st in line for food so that they could eat comfortably before playing. She had seen me (or heard me complain) many times about having to wait until all the guests had been served, then wolfiing down something (or leaving it for first break when it's cold) before the event coordinator starts bugging us to get started.
 

bobdadruma

Platinum Member
There have been studies on cramping after eating before swimming.
The results showed that there was no need to worry about food causing cramps.

I eat only small meals before I play the drums and I drink water and sports drinks to help prevent stomach discomfort and cramps. I do get cramps in my chest on rare occasions.
I stretch and I warm up before playing but sometimes I cramp for some reason.
 

GruntersDad

Administrator - Mayor
Staff member
Of course I was being facetious and true about cramping and swimming. I worked my way through college as a swimming coach, pool manager and lifeguard. Guards had abetter chance of cramping by being dehydrated sitting in the sun. Water at every break.
 

alparrott

Platinum Member
I like to have a good meal prior to playing, to have my energy up. I stay away from stuff that's going to make me... err, unpleasant on the bandstand.
 

Odd-Arne Oseberg

Platinum Member
One of the reason I can do long sessions on the drums is constant superfood smoothie sipping.

No highs, no lows. Just constant energy and focus.
 

bermuda

Drummerworld Pro Drummer - Administrator
Staff member
Never thought much about it. I eat at certain times, and gigs start at certain times, fall where they may. Typically there's 2 or more hours between eating dinner and an evening gig, but one of my gigs starts at 6pm, and I usually at about 5:30 immediately beforehand. Another gig at a casino involves doing a set or two, trhen eating, then doing another set or two. I've never had any problems with any of the eating/playing timeframes.

Bermuda
 

Vegas Island

Senior Member
I started taking a potassium supplement over 6 months ago after getting horrid leg cramps at night. Haven't had an issue since. They help to distribute water in the body where needed. I'm not much for fruit/bananas, so this obviously helps. I also don't play on a full stomach. I don't like that sluggish feeling.
 

Dr_Watso

Platinum Member
As with a lot of things, I'm weird about this. I don't particularly care unless I'm going to be playing a show or recording. If I am going to be gigging or tracking, I will eat minimally, and only stuff that is "light". I don't want to feel slow, or sluggish, and mentally, knowing that some of the blood that should be in my brain is now centered around my stomach makes me not want anything heavy, or greasy, or big, or spicy, or bean-y.

My favorite pre-show meal is usually something like a smaller veggie sandwich or some sushi. In both cases, I can eat them, and almost not feel like there is anything in my stomach, yet I won't be hungry, which is also important.

All of this goes to my overall goal of making sure I'm not distracted and can totally focus on the music. Nothing worse than a mind that keeps wandering to the delicious huge gut bomb burrito in the tummy.
 

larryace

"Uncle Larry"
Normally, I like to play on an empty stomach that has been fed about 3 hours before I play. Eye of the tiger and all that. But if there's free food, yea that idea goes right out the window lol. I do however prefer to wait at least an hour after sleeping to play the drums.
 
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Anthony Amodeo

Guest
I never think about any of this.....just doesn't concern me

but it did make me think of seeing Clutch around 2005

JP came out while the stage was still dark and sat at the kit eating a sandwich .....as soon as he shoved the last of it into his mouth he counted off "The Incomparable Mr. Flannery"

chewing his way through the first minute or so of the tune

I loved it .....the chubby bastard that he is

love that guy
 

Dr_Watso

Platinum Member
I never think about any of this.....just doesn't concern me

but it did make me think of seeing Clutch around 2005

JP came out while the stage was still dark and sat at the kit eating a sandwich .....as soon as he shoved the last of it into his mouth he counted off "The Incomparable Mr. Flannery"

chewing his way through the first minute or so of the tune

I loved it .....the chubby bastard that he is

love that guy
What a Gasternomical story!
 
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