In my recent effort to make myself healthier, you may recall that I’ve been playing my drums more often than I’d been playing them over the last year. Instead of once per week, I’ve been going three times a week.
The downside there is that my hands have been hurting a lot, and I’ve been getting tons of blisters. You’d think after nearly twenty years of playing that I’d have calluses on my hands, but I don’t. So each time I’d play, I’d come home with gaping wounds on my hands, which was terrible.
I decided to try wrapping my fingers in medical tape, which worked fine for a few weeks but wasn’t a viable solution. It ended up that the tape would fall off from the sweat after a while, even though it was “water proof.”
I had tried drummer’s gloves back when I was in my late teens, and I ended up shredding them to bits after just a week. I either play too hard, or the gloves weren’t very good, and they ended up in pieces.
After ten plus years of thinking they wouldn’t work, I decided to give them another try. They arrived on Thursday, and I brought them with me for Saturday’s session. I may have gotta a size too small, but otherwise it worked out well. The blisters that I developed Saturday were much smaller than the last time I played a week ago, and there was literally no pain at all in my hands. Overall I was pretty satisfied.
The one downside was that because it was the first time I was using them, they left quite a mess on my hands. See the before and after photos below:
You can see there that there’s a ton of leftover fuzzies on my hands. Not the end of the world, but it was a surprise to take the glove off and see that.
I also think I may need to re-order and get a large instead of the medium. The medium was a bit tight and may have lead to the few little blisters that I did get. They weren’t uncomfortable, but they were certainly tight.
Overall, worth the money. We’ll see how they hold up over the next few jam sessions. My gut tells me they probably won’t, but it’ll be nice to be surprised and have them just last.
While we’re talking about drumming (and by we, I mean me), I’m thinking I want to get some more cymbals. Sure, I have plenty, but I’m thinking I’d like some more smaller ones. When I first started playing 19 years ago, I found that I liked bigger crashes better — the 18″ ones were my favorite. Now that I’m in my ’30s, I find myself preferring the 16″ ones, and am wanting to try out some 14″ ones, as well. It’s nice to be able to afford the luxuries of just buying them for myself. I know many of the guys I chat with on the Pearl Drummer’s Forum have to work hard and save their money to afford a new cymbal. I feel bad for them, and appreciate how lucky I’ve been.
I haven’t started losing any weight with the additional workouts, if you were wondering. I feel skinnier, but I think the lack of weight loss is due to me gaining muscle in its place. Not a bad thing, I suppose. I haven’t changed my diet at all, either, because I’m terrible at being healthy. But hey, I’m trying.
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