Drum techinique – Arm and wrist questions?

Asked by: Missy Lee

Why do wrists hurt when drumming?

Many drummers develop wrist strain because they’re playing loudly and moving the wrist in a way that is unnatural with the palms facing sideways. Playing this way will not only cause strain on the wrist, but this strain could also manifest itself in the forearms.

Is drumming all in the wrist?

No Wrist Is An Island

The hand accepts the energy generated from the rest of the body and transfers it through the stick and into the drums in all of the most effective techniques. The hand simply provides the finishing touch of the overall movement.

Does drumming hurt your arms?

Repetitively riding cymbals that are set high and reaching for drums or cymbals behind and to the sides can predispose drummers to bicep tendon injuries. Pain develops in the upper arm with movement of the shoulder, particularly when the arm is moved forward and over shoulder height.

How do I stop my wrist from hurting when drumming?

Don't use your shoulder. See how much you can move just at the wrist. And make sure you stay within that motion.

What muscles are used in drumming?

Drum playing can make various sounds and be generated from a variety of muscles such as the shoulder, upper arm, forearm, wrist, and fingers.

What is drummers wrist?

It may occur in musicians who play for long periods of time without rest. This injury involves an inflammation of the extensor pollicis longus tendon that runs along the back of the wrist, closest to the thumb side.

How can drum injuries be prevented?

How to prevent it: Loosen up. While repetition is unavoidable for drummers (take regular breaks while practicing to lower your risk of injury), you can prevent many problems by using less force. It’s key to work on releasing the tension wherever it emanates from.

What injuries can you get from drumming?

Drumming-related injuries are very common (lifetime history was 68%). The upper limb (especially the wrist) and the lower back are the most commonly affected body parts. The two most frequently reported drumming-related injury diagnoses are tendinitis and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Do drummers arms get tired?

Eventually, every drummer encounters this problem: Getting tired after some time playing the drums. And just as it is with any other physical activity, playing drums is one, too, which you need to build stamina for.

How do drummers make your wrists flexible?

Take my left hand curl it up towards my chest. Left elbow goes out left wrist curls so that it's facing outwards. And left hand pushes down so that the right follows. Just like that.

How do you loosen your wrists for drums?

Stretch Those Hands

Start with one arm and hold it up with your palm faced upward. Take the other hand, gently pulling back on the fingertips of the upward hand. The muscles in your wrists and forearms will begin to stretch.

How can I increase my wrist drum speed?

Drumming on a practice pad or a surface that doesn’t bounce back (such as a pillow) will train you to use your wrists to control your drum sticks, as opposed to relying on the bounce-back energy from the drums. Practice paradiddle exercises and other rudiments with a metronome, and gradually work up your speed.

How do you get drummer arms?

Always ask someone for help.


Are drummers smarter?

Science has linked drummers’ innate ability to churn out beats with a higher intellectual capacity or brain power. According to Frederic Ullen of Karolinska Instituet, in a report by The Telegraph, drummers’ good timing and clean beats have a lot to do with their intelligence.

What is the muscle on the forearm?

The muscles that move the forearm are located along the humerus, which include the triceps brachii, biceps brachii, brachialis, and brachioradialis. The 20 or more muscles that cause most wrist, hand, and finger movements are located along the forearm.

Which muscles flex the wrist?

Flexion: bending the wrist towards the palm. Muscles include: Flexor Carpi Ulnaris (prime mover), Flexor Carpi Radialis (prime mover), Palmaris longus (tightens the skin and fascia in the palm), Flexor Digitorum Superficialis (finger flexor, assists only).

What are the 2 bones in your forearm called?

Your arm is made up of three bones: the upper arm bone (humerus) and two forearm bones (the ulna and the radius).

What is the inner arm called?

The inner part of the human arm is called the arm pit.

What is the crease of the arm called?

Technically, you can refer to the area as the antecubital fossa. Antecubital is an adjective meaning “of or relating to the inner or front surface of the forearm” (in Latin ante means “before” and cubitum means “elbow”). Fossa is a Medieval Latin borrowing that is used for an anatomical pit, groove, or depression.

What is the back of the arm called?

triceps muscle

Your triceps muscle is on the back of your arm, just above your elbow. Like the biceps, your triceps muscle is just under your skin’s surface.