One of the best exercises you can do for injury prevention and general maintenance is setting up your drum kit for left handed playing and spending some time practising that way.

Doing this will definitely give you a whole new challenge in terms of coordination, and work your brain very hard, but i want to focus more on the physical benefits.

If you’ve ever seen a Physiotherapist for some sort of muscular problem, one thing they commonly look at is what is the opposite muscle doing. If a muscle is overworked, it’s opposite can often be underworked, and inactive, or tight or loose (or several other possibilities). Essentially the way we use one part of our body, affects how other parts of our body work (eg; when you hurt your right leg, you have a limp, putting more weight on your left leg).

I’d also like to make the point that just practising open handed will NOT work. It may help with coordination, but it fails to put your body in the reverse positions it is when completely flipping the kit. The only other option is to have a more symmetrical drum setup like Mike Mangini or Travis Orbin 😛

 

SOME COMMON ASYMMETRIES FROM PLAYING DRUMS:

-Your right pectoral muscles usually get short and tight because your right hand is reaching for the hi hat all the time.

Your left hand develops an ulnar deviation and in your forearm your flexors activate a lot more than your extensors due to the position of the snare drum.

-In your right forearm, your extensors are more active that your flexors due to the way you learn to play the hi hat.

-In your lower right leg your Tibialis Anterior is very active from bass drum playing, while your left foot becomes more of a stable balancer.

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