DRUMMERWORLD OFFICIAL DISCUSSION FORUM   

Go Back   DRUMMERWORLD OFFICIAL DISCUSSION FORUM > General Discussion

General Discussion General discussion forum for all drum related topics. Use this forum to exchange ideas and information with your fellow drummers.

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 02-14-2017, 05:21 AM
dcolter dcolter is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 9
Default Taking an extended hiatus

Hi Everyone,

First post here, although I've been frequenting the site for years. Nice to finally get involved.

I'm a sixty year old drummer with a history of tendinitis in both shoulders. It has been on and off for over forty years -- sometimes quite debilitating. Recently, an accident has triggered a flare-up in my right shoulder.

Now I'm considering an indefinite hiatus. This will be a break from gigging and rehearsing (first break in 37 years). I will, however, continue to practice, starting light and working my way back up. The idea is to unlearn some bad habits. I've been carrying chronic tension in my upper back since I started as a self-taught player. This is, I have no doubt, the root of my shoulder problems.

I'd like to hear some thoughts on the subject, especially from anyone who has been through this or something similar.

Cheers,
Dave
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 02-14-2017, 05:42 AM
Hollywood Jim's Avatar
Hollywood Jim Hollywood Jim is offline
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Posts: 3,440
Default Re: Taking an extended hiatus

My advice is to start playing in a completely different way.
You have the skills so all you have to do is figure out a way to play that uses different muscles or at least uses your muscles (body) in a different way.

I don't mean to be morbid, but you can relearn to play sort of like you would if you had just lost a limb.

.
__________________
"To play a wrong note is insignificant. To play without passion is inexcusable." - Beethoven
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 02-14-2017, 06:08 AM
Skydog6653 Skydog6653 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Posts: 18
Default Re: Taking an extended hiatus

Quote:
Originally Posted by dcolter View Post
Hi Everyone,

First post here, although I've been frequenting the site for years. Nice to finally get involved.

I'm a sixty year old drummer with a history of tendinitis in both shoulders. It has been on and off for over forty years -- sometimes quite debilitating. Recently, an accident has triggered a flare-up in my right shoulder.

Now I'm considering an indefinite hiatus. This will be a break from gigging and rehearsing (first break in 37 years). I will, however, continue to practice, starting light and working my way back up. The idea is to unlearn some bad habits. I've been carrying chronic tension in my upper back since I started as a self-taught player. This is, I have no doubt, the root of my shoulder problems.

I'd like to hear some thoughts on the subject, especially from anyone who has been through this or something similar.

Cheers,
Dave
Good luck to you. I'm a guitar player that lurks here. I have a bone spur and bursitis in my left shoulder. Some days, I can function fine, other days I couldn't change out a ceiling light bulb.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 02-14-2017, 08:06 AM
Dr_Watso's Avatar
Dr_Watso Dr_Watso is offline
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 5,624
Default Re: Taking an extended hiatus

Quote:
Originally Posted by Skydog6653 View Post
I'm a guitar player... Some days, I can function fine, other days I couldn't change out a ceiling light bulb.
For a guitar player, it's super easy to change bulbs. You just hold onto it and the world will revolve around you! No need to twist or anything!
__________________
"I always wanted to be remembered for; being honest. Nothing else is worth a damn." - Lemmy
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 02-14-2017, 06:10 PM
BacteriumFendYoke's Avatar
BacteriumFendYoke BacteriumFendYoke is offline
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Ashford, Kent, UK
Posts: 6,387
Default Re: Taking an extended hiatus

I need to follow this too. I have an impingement (tendinitis) in my right shoulder and a torn rotator cuff in my left. I'm 28. Hopefully there's still drumming in me yet!
__________________
PEWFLADCC
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 02-14-2017, 06:17 PM
RacingBeat RacingBeat is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 108
Default Re: Taking an extended hiatus

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dr_Watso View Post
For a guitar player, it's super easy to change bulbs. You just hold onto it and the world will revolve around you! No need to twist or anything!
Got to admit that's funny right there
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 02-14-2017, 10:55 PM
Galaxy Galaxy is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Posts: 103
Default Re: Taking an extended hiatus

Watch metal drummers. They have to move very little to be able to play that fast for a whole show.

There is almost an art to the efficiency of movement.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 02-14-2017, 11:09 PM
MoreBeer's Avatar
MoreBeer MoreBeer is offline
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 531
Default Re: Taking an extended hiatus

If recent trauma has increased the pain, its most likely a partially torn rotator in addition to inflammation of the associated tendons.

I have first-hand knowledge of shoulder issues as a torn rotator killed my possible shot at playing major league baseball. I did play in the minors; Rookie League, A - AA until the injury of almost a complete tear that required surgery. It took years to recover from that but forget about throwing a baseball with MLB velocity. Surgical procedures are much better today. Back then it was very invasive.

I now have a partially torn rotator, about 30%, this time in my left shoulder which kills if sleeping on my left side and can hurt pretty bad at times when playing drums. Happened while playing golf a few years back. Advil helps, so does ice along with exercise to help keep the joint strong to prevent a further tear. I get cortisone injections from time to time as well. They help immensely. Good luck!
__________________
The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 02-14-2017, 11:09 PM
Midnite Zephyr's Avatar
Midnite Zephyr Midnite Zephyr is offline
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Surf City, USA
Posts: 6,239
Default Re: Taking an extended hiatus

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dr_Watso View Post
For a guitar player, it's super easy to change bulbs. You just hold onto it and the world will revolve around you! No need to twist or anything!
I always told that joke pertaining to Lead Singers.
__________________
Drumming for fun.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 02-16-2017, 02:21 AM
dcolter dcolter is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 9
Default Re: Taking an extended hiatus

Hey! Thanks for all the feedback! And to our guitar player friend - don't mind the comedians :)

I'm sure most are familiar with Kenny Werner's Effortless Mastery. Victor Wooten touches on some similar stuff in The Music Lesson. I'm taking that approach, i.e., getting to a meditative state and just touching the drums, doing only what I can from that state and growing it from there. It will take some patience, but I think it's the best way to ensure that I'm using my body correctly.

Cheers!

Dave
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 02-16-2017, 03:50 AM
Midnite Zephyr's Avatar
Midnite Zephyr Midnite Zephyr is offline
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Surf City, USA
Posts: 6,239
Default Re: Taking an extended hiatus

Take a chance to learn the brushes, or master them.
__________________
Drumming for fun.
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 02-19-2017, 01:46 AM
dcolter dcolter is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 9
Default Re: Taking an extended hiatus

Already there! Learning I mean, not mastering.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 02-19-2017, 01:56 AM
Macarina Macarina is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 496
Default Re: Taking an extended hiatus

Maybe reconfiguring the layout of your kit to something low. Keep the body movement minimal?



Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 02-19-2017, 03:33 AM
Thunder 42's Avatar
Thunder 42 Thunder 42 is offline
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Stafford, Virginia, USA
Posts: 858
Default Re: Taking an extended hiatus

Quote:
Originally Posted by Macarina View Post
Maybe reconfiguring the layout of your kit to something low. Keep the body movement minimal?
+1. I went through something similar in my right shoulder a few years ago. In addition to consciously sleeping with my right arm down by my side as opposed to under my pillow, and more stretching, I raised my throne, and lowered my ride in a one up two down configuration. Lowered the whole kit. Playing two up again, but left of the kick and lower.

Good luck to you, sir...
__________________
Kerope, K Constantinople, Agop Signature, Tama, C&C, Craviotto, Unix, Starclassic, DW 6000
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are Off
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off




All times are GMT +2. The time now is 05:54 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Bernhard Castiglioni's DRUMMERWORLD.com