Hitting Hard

The other day I was watching a video of Thomas Pridgen tearing it up on Drumeo when I began to think about how hard he hit the drums. Despite his punishing style Pridgen flowed seamlessly around the kit at the speed of sound as if it was nothing. This got me thinking. When we watch a drum video it’s so easy to forget that there is physical contact taking place between the stick and the drum. There is a strike and a rebound that takes place every time the drummer connects with the drumhead. There is, for lack of a better term, a “slam” that takes place. This puts a tremendous amount of stress on the drummer’s hands and wrist. If you think about it, continuous impact with the drums is an unnatural act. Hitting anything over-and-over has to lead to some kind of reaction. It’s Newton’s Third Law that says for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. This reaction can be damaging. Sometimes it’s minimal. Sometimes it’s more. Sometimes it can cause traumatic injury. Repetitive trauma such as this can lead to painful repercussions. This is why warming up, using proper grip and technique is so important. It’s not just the big names who are hitting hard. We suffer from the same physical challenges that the “Thomas Pridgens” of the world do. Just not at a thousand miles an hour.

 

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