"My hands got brutalized after last nights show in Bristol, UK... Anyone than can bring me drumming gloves tonight in Norwich, either free passes or your choice of whatever signed. Just trying all my options to protect my hands."
Nick also states that this carnage isn't normal for him. It only happened after peeling off a blister that had opened up.
How to prevent drumming blisters and calluses
Drummers usually get blisters and calluses from bad technique, although there's a bigger risk when you're having a bashfest in hot and humid weather.
Blisters can and will occur if you suddenly introduce more drumming per day than your hands are ready for. This can happen after a lay off or when preparing for a new project. You should try to slowly increase playing time when possible.
Also, try to find the right stick for you. This selection isn't about trying to create volume; it is about finding a stick that fits your hand/finger size so you can control it.
When you play too hard and try to play "through" the drums, you'll lose the physical energy of drum head rebound. Striking too deeply will only increase stress on your hands and decrease your use of rebound energy. Good technique teaches us to use rebound to create speed and volume.
A guide to better hand technique is provided by Jojo Mayer, who - amongs other topics, explains rebounce, different grips and stick techniques on his dvd 'Secret Weapons for the Modern Drummer'.
Watch Jojo talk about using the natural rebounce:
Here''s a video excerpt of Jojo showing the Moeller stroke:
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