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Author Topic: Drumming and Hand Cramps  (Read 339 times)

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Drumming and Hand Cramps
« on: March 25, 2018, 05:13:12 PM »
I've been working really hard to finish a drum piece that's faster than I usually play and full of sixteenth notes, and though I'm at full speed, I can barely play the piece through once without the area between my thumb and my forefinger cramping to the point I have to stop and take a break. My music teacher and a couple of other drummers I know have suggested I switch from my usual 7A and 7B sticks to 5A or 5B because they're thicker and I won't have to tighten my grip so much, but I really like how light 7B drumsticks are. Is it really the best idea to switch?
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Re: Drumming and Hand Cramps
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2018, 08:10:09 AM »
A bit late but I get this with fast piano pieces and I get burnout in my muscles sometimes on the difficult sections. I find that trying to relax helps as you probably dont need your muscles to be that tense to move as quickly as you need to, it just feels like it. You might need to keep telling yourself to relax and consciously keep in mind how much force you are putting on your body. On a good day I get get though those difficult pieces with no problem at all, and on other days I feel the muscles cramping up and "overheating" somewhat awful, so proper stretches and warm ups might also be something to look into if you don't already.

I can't comment on the actual question as I don't drum, but this might be something to look into.

(Also dejavu I could have sworn I posted something like this recently)