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Old 03-11-2013, 09:38 AM
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I picked up a warehouse job in the last month or so. Lots of lifting and gripping heavy objects (cases of wine/kegs). Although I'm pretty exited to see that I'm getting built, I've noticed that my hands have been slow at band practice lately. My singles and rudiments feel forced. We play a consistent 3 day/week schedule, and it's worrying me a little bit.

Do I just need to sit with a pad for a few mintes per day and practice singles? Maybe I just need to stretch my hands before playing?

Can't wait to get a forklift cert and get off of the floor.
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Old 03-11-2013, 12:26 PM
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If your arms and hands are tired then you will have to play to accommodate. You are not a machine.
I work as an automotive tech and sometimes I am tired after a work day where I had to perform strenuous tasks. I simply can't play as well as I can when I am rested.
In time your body will get used to the work and it won't affect your playing as much as it does now. Hard work will however always be a factor.
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Old 03-11-2013, 02:51 PM
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I have experiencd the same issue.

I work in telecommunications, and when I've had a day where we pulled a lot of cable or some similar task my hands are bit sluggish on the drums or practice pad. Any task like that will fatigue your hands and arms. I get the same thing after I've been climbing antennas too.

Just take it easy. Eventually your body will adapt.

Oh, and lift with your legs. Work on strengthening your core. :-)

Also, as for ''getting built'', never underestimate the addition of a little extra protein to combat muscle soreness and to assist in rebuilding.
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Old 03-11-2013, 03:23 PM
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With me it wasn't the physical aspect, as I have basically an office job. The issue was time - I was working 50-60 hours a week and traveling a lot for work. Since my surgery, I have been only working 3-4 days per week, so time at work isn't as big an issue. However, now I don't play as much because I am not back to 100% yet.
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Old 03-11-2013, 05:40 PM
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Correct me if I am wrong, but it sounds as if you don't utilize the finger technique. Getting the hands to open up, rather than mashing the stick in your palm is the way forward here, IMO. Obviously I've never seen you play so I'm making a guess here. If your stroke originates from your elbow while you hold the stick like a hammer...heavy use of the larger muscles will affect your playing. Whereas if your hands are opening up, the use of your larger muscles shouldn't affect your playing as much. Hands opening up...think of it as a one handed clap, except you have a stick in there.

There are probably a thousand different ways to motivate a stick, but for my money, opening the hands up is the best thing I ever learned technique-wise.
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:32 PM
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read up on different types of muscle(aka fast and slow twitch)

hees an acceptable article...

http://sportsmedicine.about.com/od/a...eFiberType.htm

I give a big thumbs up to Larry's comment re: Finger Technique.
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:40 PM
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Correct me if I am wrong, but it sounds as if you don't utilize the finger technique. Getting the hands to open up, rather than mashing the stick in your palm is the way forward here, IMO. Obviously I've never seen you play so I'm making a guess here. If your stroke originates from your elbow while you hold the stick like a hammer...heavy use of the larger muscles will affect your playing. Whereas if your hands are opening up, the use of your larger muscles shouldn't affect your playing as much. Hands opening up...think of it as a one handed clap, except you have a stick in there.

There are probably a thousand different ways to motivate a stick, but for my money, opening the hands up is the best thing I ever learned technique-wise.
Although I do play fairly loud (rock n' roll band), I'm actually quite proud of my technique. I spent a year of my life doing singles on a rubber pad for school, so it's never been a problem. I play with sort of a hybrid french grip sort of technique and then occasionally flip the left hand and play trad for slower stuff.

I'm mostly notice it on some of the faster "purdie shuffle" styled fills and things that require a quick 1 or 2 bounces of either stick.

From what some of the other guys said though, maybe once I really get in work shape (and stop being the new guy still) my technique will come back around. I also will be off for summer break here in a few months and will gain a day to practice.
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:41 PM
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read up on different types of muscle(aka fast and slow twitch)

hees an acceptable article...

http://sportsmedicine.about.com/od/a...eFiberType.htm

I give a big thumbs up to Larry's comment re: Finger Technique.
I bookmarked that to read tonight after work! Thank you sir.
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