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Warm-ups, Cool-Offs, General Maintenance

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While we wandered, I made a list of things that I wanted to cover when we came back.

I've been playing weekend-long shows with a few friends lately.  I've done two so far... they've been great!

Anyhoo, I've noticed that my hands have been sore the morning after.  Granted, these gigs of mine have been three days long, all nighters on Saturday, so I don't really think it's a deficiency in my technique (although if anyone has any suggestions, I'm all ears).

I haven't seen a whole lot of discussion on warm-up and cool-off routines for our instrument.  Ounce of prevention and all that, so I encourage folks to talk about their personal maintenance on Zendrum gigs.  Take care folks!



--- Quote from: Jaay on May 11, 2006, 09:00:08 PM ---Anyhoo, I've noticed that my hands have been sore the morning after. 
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The amount of comments that could be made about finding a girlfriend really makes me wish I hadn't imposed that PG-13 rule...

As for warmups and cool downs, it really just sounds like you're hitting the thing too hard, or you're being to tense when you play and holding the tightness in your hands too much.

My warmups have nothing to do with getting my hands ready.  I'll always play along (unplugged) with the last song or two played by the warmup band, just to start feeling it.  Otherwise, 20 pushups and I'm ready to go.


My hands will get sore if I am playing more than three hours straight, I think its just par for the course, not poor technique.  Sometimes its hard to play light when you're in the groove and rocking.  I have used arnica cream on my hands, wrists and elbows before and after a gig to prevent problems, also this stuff called Sports Gel works well.  Both are available at health food type stores and are completely natural.  Just stick a tube of it in your gig bag, and you're good to go.


Bruce Richardson:
I concur that this may indicate overplaying the Zen.  That kind of soreness is indicative of soft-tissue damage, and there is very little to be had from the Zendrum in the way of expression at that point...you would be triggering flat-topped 127's in velocity.

Perhaps you might try just being very conscious of your strike force on the next gig.  At standard-issue settings, everything from a finger-tap to the equivalent of a mezzo-forte conga stroke is good playing range.  Nothing beyond that is going to trigger a higher velocity level, so you're dynamically static from that point forward.

Once you get that sweet spot drilled into your physical memory, you'll most likely never be sore from playing the Zen.

retro surfer:
Does beer count technically as either a warm-up and a cool-down? not sure if it really helps but I'm pretty sure it doesn't hurt. thats good enough for the Hippocratic oath  ;D


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