Being a good drummer means taking care of yourself and your instrument, and the more you play, the more demanding both become. Luckily, forming good drumming care habits are, like drumming itself, a mere matter of practice and repetition. And the long term effects of simple consideration and consistency mean you can drum harder, better, faster, longer.
We’ve got 3 easy to follow drummer care tips that are the essential starting point for all drummers from beginner to total pro. Make sure you put a big check next to each and every one.
1. Streeeeetch it out!
Just like warm-up drum rudiments, your body needs it’s warm up routine. Playing drums is physically demanding so it’s important, just like any other sporting activity, to make sure your body is prepared. A basic stretch routine readys your body to begin playing drums by getting blood flowing to your limbs but also increases long term flexibility and stamina.
Here’s our basic, under 10 minute warm up:
10 Jumping jacks
5 x 20 second toe touches (sitting or standing)
5 x 10 second body twists (first to the left, then to the right)
20 second hamstring flamingo stretch (stand on one foot, grabbing the other ankle, bringing it as close to your butt as possible)
20 Big arm circles
20 Small arm circles
20 Wrist circles (to the left then right)
20 Ankle circles (to the left then right)
20 Finger and toe flexes (pretend like you’re grabbing a ball)
20 Finger and toe extensions (separate your fingers and toes from themselves as much as possible)
2. Protect Your Ears
Drums are loud, and we like it that way but over the long run, it can cause serious damage to your hearing. Hearing loss can potentially hinder your ability to play drums so it’s essential to always take care of your precious ears. Especially since many times when you notice a problem, it’s already too late. Alternative drumkits like Obilab cardboard drumkit, mute pads, earplugs, earmuffs, mesh heads, low-volume cymbals, and low-volume drum surfaces… to name a few… sound incredible and make a huge difference in hearing health. With so many options, there’s no excuse not to protect your ears!
3. Get in Formation
Spinal formation that is. One of the most important rules to ensuring a rhythmic future is good posture. Besides reminding yourself not to slouch, your posture can heavily depend on how you setup your drumkit and throne (seat). Experiment with different positionings and heights until you find the combination that leads to a straight spine. We’re all built differently so it makes sense that each person has to find their own unique formation. The way you adjust your set up your drums, cymbals, pedals, stands, and throne is paramount to maintaining a healthy drumming future.