Health and Wellness Part 3- The Drum Set

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Health and Wellness Part 3- The Drum Set

This is part 3 of a series of videos on health and wellness for drummers and percussionists. These videos cover health issues that can develop from using improper technique, bad posture, playing too loud or too much and overall tension in your body. I give you my unbiased opinions on maintaining good drumming health and avoiding extreme medical procedures.
In this video I talk about playing the drum set in a way that best allows you to relax your feet, shoulders, arms, and wrists while keeping proper balance on your torso.
I also discuss some more details on protecting your hearing.
I spend a good deal of time discussing bass drum and hi-hat technique and show you how I use my feet to play several ostinatos that will improve your balance on the kit..
I also demonstrate some coordination exercises you can do to build strength and balance with your feet and hands.
The written material used in this video is from my book Advanced Coordination for Drum Set and Hand Percussion. You can purchase this book from me at rickdior@gmail.com

The equipment I am using for this video consists of: Doc Sweeney Stave Drums in African Olive wood 20″x 16″ Bass Drum Toms: 8″x 8″, 10″x 8″, 14″x 14 flloor tom” 14″x 6.5″ Snare Drum Cymbals are: Sabian Jack DeJohnette 20″ Ride Wuhan 20″ Lion Cymbal Paiste Traditional 16″ and 17″ thin crashes Sabian HH 13″ Regular Hi-Hats Sabian 12″ AA Mini Hats Heads on toms are Remo Pinstripes on toms Bass drum is an Aquarian Power stroke 1 head. Snare is a Aquarian coated head Microphones are a AKG C24 stereo overhead and an Shure Beta 52 on the Bass drum

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Rick, Thank you for another informative video and for getting our focus back on good technique. Since you mentioned that you do a lot of singing, I too sing a lot while playing. Backing vocals or lead about 90% of the time. I use the Roc-N-Soc Nitro (shock absorber) throne. The comfort, support and balance are good. However, I would love for you to give your recommendations on practicing good posture, breathing, and playing while singing. Maybe worth another video presentation. Thanks.

  2. Hi Rick. Wow! You've done it again! Great video!! It's not often that I reach out to professionals , but Rick,you never hold back on the info you share,so I have to express my gratitude. I'm one of the older guys (68),enjoying my retirement and pursuing drum technique, that I had to put on hold in the mid 80s. I was playing in decent small group back then,and I had to make a difficult choice. Anyway,I live in the Philippines now and play with local musicians, up till the time we went under quarantine we played every weekend. Like a lot of us,I knew what to do,practice and learn and Rick,you have helped me make a major difference in my approach to practicing and helped me tie up some loose ends,. THANK YOU SO MUCH!! P.S. I did study some back in the 70s and early 80s in the Philly ,South Jersey area.

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