Drumming is a fun and active way to pass the time. But if you’re not careful, it can also leave you with some painful and even destructive side effects. Here are my top 8 tips for a more comfortable drumming experience.
1. Get a throne that fits your body
The first thing to check when setting up your drum kit is whether or not your throne is the correct size for your body. A good rule of thumb is that the seat should be about at the same height as your elbow when you’re standing next to it. If the seat is too low, you’ll be reaching up to play; if it’s too high, you’ll be leaning forward and straining your back in order to reach down.
2. Keep your arms bent
Your posture while playing is just as important as having a properly-sized throne. If you extend your arms straight out in front of you while playing, you’ll end up with a sore back in no time at all! Instead, keep your elbows slightly bent while playing so that they act like shock absorbers, absorbing some of the vibrations from the drums and cymbals before they reach your body.
3. Play quietly during practice
It’s easy to get carried away when practicing alone in
Comfort is the key to a good drumming experience, and if you are a drummer, you know that it can be pretty uncomfortable sometimes. So today, I am going to list the top 8 tips for drummers to make their playing experience more comfortable.
1. Have a comfy chair
I’d suggest getting an adjustable chair so you can change the height of your seat according to your preference. In addition, it’s always great to have a pillow or cushion for your back, as it will prevent back aches and pains.
2. Take breaks
As much as you want to play all day long, remember to take breaks in between or else you’ll end up with lots of pain and cramps! Take short breaks (about 3-5 minutes) every hour or so to let your body relax and rest before continuing to play again. If you feel like taking longer breaks is better than shorter ones then go ahead! Just remember not overdo it because otherwise that’s when fatigue starts kicking in. It’s better to take small breaks than big ones so don’t wait until your body gives out before taking a break!
3. Drink water
We all need water to survive, but not just any kind of water will do – drink
So, you’ve picked up the sticks. Maybe you’ve been thinking about it for awhile now, or maybe you just took a recent interest in drumming. Whatever the case may be, your drumming journey has begun! Along with the excitement of learning a new skill and getting to jam out with other musicians, comes the discomfort that is inevitable when you’re learning something new. Not only are you working on building your skills as a drummer, but there is also a physical aspect that requires lots of practice and patience.
Here are some tips to help make your drumming experience more comfortable:
I’m Travis, I’m a musician and I play the drums for a living. Being a drummer is great, it allows me to be creative and express myself musically, but can also be physically straining on my body.
In order to keep myself feeling great, I like to follow some simple tips that help me stay comfortable while playing the drums.
With that being said, here’s a list of 8 great tips for drummers to reduce physical strain:
1. SET UP A MULTI-LEVEL KIT
The number one tip I can give any drummer is to set up your kit in a multi-level way with the hi-hat raised higher than the snare (also known as “racking your kit”). This will allow you to comfortably rest your left hand on the snare drum when not playing the hi-hat. If you are right handed, this will allow you to play more relaxed and comfortably by not having to keep your arm constantly raised up in order to play the hi-hat.
2. PRACTICE YOUR STICK GRIP
There are many ways to hold your sticks; whether you are using matched grip or traditional grip, it is
1. Sit tall.
By sitting tall, we mean that you should keep your spine straight while performing. Keeping your spine straight will avoid putting pressure on your back, and will allow you to use your abdominal muscles to support you. It will also allow you more room for movement.
2. Make sure that the height of your drum throne is correct.
Your drum throne should be at a height that allows your legs to bend at a 90-degree angle when your feet are flat on the floor. If it is too high, you will feel unbalanced and put unnecessary strain on your knees and thighs. If it is too low, you will not be able to move freely or breathe properly.
3. Keep your arms bent but relaxed.
While some percussionists prefer to keep their arms completely straight, this can easily cause shoulder strain over time and can make playing drums uncomfortable in the long term if done incorrectly or without proper stretching beforehand. It is best to keep your arms bent at approximately a 90-degree angle if possible, as this prevents muscle fatigue and tension in the shoulders, neck, and back over time.
4. Make sure that the height of the drum kit is correct for you personally.
The height of a drum kit varies depending on
1. Play a smaller kit.
2. Play a lighter kit.
3. Get the correct posture and technique.
4. Check your equipment setup regularly.
5. Use an air-powered throne.
6. Sit on a pillow or an upholstered cushion seat pad for more comfort and less back pain.
7. Use a professional drumming instructor to help you improve your posture and technique in regular drum lessons, which can be taken in person or online over Skype, Google Hangouts, Zoom, or FaceTime.
8. Eat healthy foods and exercise regularly to stay fit and avoid injury while playing drums and percussion instruments for longer periods of time without experiencing discomfort, fatigue, or pain in your hands, arms, legs, feet, neck, shoulders, wrists, back, hips, knees, etcetera.
I’d like to share a few tips that I’ve learned over the years, whether it be from my own mistakes or interacting with drummers. As a drummer myself, these 8 tips have helped me tremendously and I hope they help you as well.
1. Sit on something that won’t collapse
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve broken a stool or even worse, fallen off of one. It’s embarrassing and dangerous. Don’t do that to yourself! Find a good solid stool and make sure it has good support.
2. Ease up on the double bass
If you love playing double bass (like myself), then you should have no problem easing up on it every once in a while. Learn to play without using double bass at all and learn to play with your left foot instead of your right foot and vice versa if you usually use your right foot a lot. Double bass is great for metal music but some genres don’t necessarily need it and I encourage all drummers to learn how to play without using the double bass technique at all. It will make you a better drummer overall and it will probably make your feet feel better too!