Couldn't agree more. i played someone else's kit a while back nd halfway through a song i was aching cause the ride was just way too close and angled in an uncomfortable place FOR ME. For the guy who owns the kit it's perfect, he's shorter than i am and has a different build. As to band volume if you can hear yourself you are too loud. On stage that is. I used to play guitar in bands and could never hear myself but would listen to the recordings and realize that the balance was perfect out front. Same thing applies to drums. If i can actually hear my snare then that means i'm drowning everyone else out and i need to lower the volume. The recordings from the front of the house bear me out. when i cant hear anything i'm doing the balance is perfect out front. when i can hear what i'm playing then i'm most certainly too loud. the only exception is spots where i have a true solo(no one else playing).Absolutely, it's crucial, even essential to have the elements of your kit as ergonomically viable as possible, very often, the source of tension, discomfort and eventually pain comes from poor ergonomics and bad grip/postures, it's worth to really listen to what your body's telling you.
Absolutely, it's crucial, even essential to have the elements of your kit as ergonomically viable as possible, very often, the source of tension, discomfort and eventually pain comes from poor ergonomics and bad grip/postures, it's worth to really listen to what your body's telling you....and being careful to put a cymbal in the right place.
I switched to French grip on the ride, which saw the wrist pain go. I then got a twisting injury on my right arm (badly placed cymbal at a gig) soon after and switched to French on both hands for a while because of that pain. That's going now and I'm moving to a mix of French and German now.Are you still experiencing the wrist pain? Find anything that alleviates it?
Ditto....why would you be fighting your band for volume during practice. Tell you mates to turn it down at least to arena level.Do you practice outside or something? Otherwise, I think everyone needs to turn the volume down during your practice, there is no good reason you should have to play that loud all the time.
Have you tried a more relaxed Moeller-type stroke when playing faster tempos? You get two taps for the price of one.Video-wise, this is all I have http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyJoh1ERFsE&feature=youtu.be
I'm only 2 years into this part of my drumming journey so a lot has changed for me even since April, like I'm about 40% faster on that groove and don't do the pinky thing any more
The one that gets my wrist up is a 130bpm four on the floor dance type groove, with me banging away on the ride
Mostly the pain is in my right wrist, and it's from hitting the ride cymbal, not a drum.Drums are naturally really loud instruments - you don't have to hit that hard to make an almighty racket.
Lowering my elbows doesn't sound feasible, but I could raise my ride cymbal.Have a sesion keeping your elbows lower, don't more your forearmas as much and use your wrists more and see how that pans out. If you are using German really really use your fingers to bounce the sticks back also.