« on: August 09, 2013, 06:18:54 am »
By "traditional" I meant to have a briefer way of indicating the ZenDrum ZI, ZX, and EXP, and any other form factor that puts all the weight on one shoulder and requires strain for the hand on that side to access a lot of the pads. That's why I put "traditional" in quotes. Of course people can adapt their bodies to accommodate all kinds of less-than-ergonomic form factors and play beautifully. That doesn't mean they don't run a significantly higher risk of injury. Violin, for example, is particularly brutal, with no end of career-ending injuries; we only ever see the people who can flat out play. And piano music ed. focuses endlessly on techniques that use the body ergonomically rather than risk non-economies of motion that would re-mold posture to the instrument and work fingers against gravity instead of with it.
In the case of the ZenDrum, if the goal is to access more pads with more economy of motion--and you don't have a need to play standing--don't you agree that the LT's form factor is far more ergonomic and accommodating to a playing style that minimizes tension in the neck, shoulders, upper back, and left wrist? So I was very curious to get the opinion of a player who already likes to play sitting how in his opinion the LT compares to the "traditional" form factor. The only other people I've seen playing like pros perform standing, with one hand doing far less than it might because of its relation to the instrument and the need to use it for support.