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Unread 06-30-2010, 09:46 AM   #1
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Blisters!

I found some buckets in the backyard and a small metal pail, and I have a box of old drumsticks from back when I worked for a music store, so I set up some bucket drums and I've been rocking those. I keep getting blisters on my hands. Is this a normal thing that will eventually stop happening, or am I doing something wrong? How should I be holding the sticks to prevent this? I'm not used to drumming on things other than a desk with my hands.

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Unread 06-30-2010, 09:50 AM   #2
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You're probably holding the sticks wrong. Your grip should be really light. If there's any tension, you're doing it wrong.

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Even if you're holding the sticks right, it's pretty normal. Yesterday me and my friend went to the ol' highschool and played some quads for a couple hours. It had been probably a year since I've done that much quad drumming, so my hands weren't quite as used to it as they were in season. At the moment I have a GIANT piece of dead skin that takes up a large part of the end of mynleft thumb. Blisters are just a part of all types of drumming, weather it's marching or drumset... or buckets.

Or long story short, yes it's normal and will eventually go away
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You're probably holding the sticks wrong. Your grip should be really light. If there's any tension, you're doing it wrong.

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Hmm... no, I'm actually doing it right. I had a drummer buddy of mine show me a long time ago and I've been doing it that way ever since, and it matches up with that video. The angle I'm holding the sticks is totally wrong though... I'll try keeping the angle between the sticks at about 90 degrees and see if that helps any.
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Hmm... no, I'm actually doing it right. I had a drummer buddy of mine show me a long time ago and I've been doing it that way ever since, and it matches up with that video. The angle I'm holding the sticks is totally wrong though... I'll try keeping the angle between the sticks at about 90 degrees and see if that helps any.
It's not so much the angle of the sticks as much as your hands just aren't used to being abused in that exact location thus it blisters the skin. It's one of those things where as long as you just keep playing it will eventually go away. It's kind of like guitar callus (sp?). At first your fingers hurt quite badly but after the callus over you never notice the pain ever again. Well kinda... haha.
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I only ever get blisters playing marching percussion. Never get 'em playing set or concert. *shrug* It's still pretty important to stay relatively loose while drumming.
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Are you trying to copy the guy in your signature? No wonder you have blisters.
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I don't play that hard on drumset and still get blisters. Maybe my skin is just totally wack
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