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Adam Fulcher

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Does anyone else suffer from hand cramps?? 

i get them early on in a set and can make it almost impossible to hold the stick, quite scary live!!! 

i get it more in my right hand as i think that is the most worked hand. 

what can i do? am i playing too hard? 

Hope someone can help as its really ruining my performance. 

cheers guys! 
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Hxclegend

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I think you'll find if you warm up properly before the show.including hand stretching and massaging you might find a difference.then repeat the process afterwards minus the stick and pad work and that should do it.
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Originally Posted by Adam Fulcher
Does anyone else suffer from hand cramps?? 

i get them early on in a set and can make it almost impossible to hold the stick, quite scary live!!! 

i get it more in my right hand as i think that is the most worked hand. 

what can i do? am i playing too hard? 

Hope someone can help as its really ruining my performance. 

cheers guys! 


When I first started I had his problem bad, man! If you're having the same problem I did, you could be holding the sticks too tight. I learned to work with a more loose grip as it not only helped with finesse but also made things way more comfortable.
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Just as the last two replies stated, it seems like warming up and loosening your grip will be your best bet! Maybe even a change in the size of your sticks if the pain persists? Good luck!
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I too have struggled with this in the past! Like everyone else is saying, it can be a number of factors - in my case it was primarily an issue of grip. I was having a hard time holding onto the sticks - too slippery! haha

Zildjian stick wax worked wonders for me. I was able to grip the sticks better, which helped me loosen my overall grip and spare the aching/tense forearms, palms and thumbs!

Stick size could also play a huge factor like @MLenway said! If you jumped up to too large of sticks too fast, you might not have the forearm and hand strength necessary. Did you happen to switch to bigger sticks recently? If you're wanting to size up sticks, it can sometimes be a slow process of working up the strength and adapting to the bigger size while practicing before implementing it live.

Best of luck man! Hopefully some of the tips everyone has posted help!

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Nels K Schulzke

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I had a similar problem until I switched to Vic Firth White Coated 5As. They for some reason changed the way I gripped and played a little bit just because of the coat and weight. Personally, I have had some problems with the way I grip too, but after getting some bad blisters from playing too long and hard on the street, I just naturally have changed my grip a little and it has made a world of difference when it comes to blisters, I play a little more relaxed now which may help your cramping. Good luck!
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It might be technique. I was a drum corps guy growing up, the marching drum line hand technique didn't transfer to the drum kit (for me). I took lessons from jazz (old drum corps guys too) and R&B drummers, changed my technique and no more tightness, cramping or blisters. JoJo Mayers DVD, Secret Weapons for the Modern Drummer is excellent for hand technique. When I changed, I approached it like starting over. Slow and patient. Have fun
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