[Pre-gig warm-up exercises for your arms by Waywood Music]

Warm-Up & Stamina Exercises for Percussionists
ii. Arms

 

CAUTION:

ALTHOUGH the exercises below have been reviewed and approved by a qualified physiotherapist, PLEASE BE CAREFUL.

DO NOT ATTEMPT ANY OF THESE IF YOU KNOW THAT YOU HAVE A CONDITION, including bad back, joints which dislocate easily or muscle, bone or tendon disease WHICH WILL EITHER BE MADE WORSE, OR WHICH MAKES YOU SUSCEPTIBLE TO INJURY.

If in doubt, CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR OR PHYSIOTHERAPIST.

ALWAYS START GENTLY, EXERCISE CAREFULLY AND NEVER OVERDO IT. Strains, sprains, chronic muscle or tendon damage WILL NOT DO YOU ANY FAVOURS

 

Exercise your ARMS.

Exercise 3

  1. a. Hold a stick straight out in front of you between your hands. The backs of both hands should be facing the floor and your arms should be straight.
  2. b. Move your right arm upwards towards you, so that your right hand begins to twist. Your left hand will begin to twist towards you.
  3. c. Continue twisting until the back of your left hand is facing away from you (at this point your right hand will have its back facing the floor and your right forearm will have turned over).
  4. d. Complete the twisting movement of your left hand until both arms are straight out in front of you with the forearms, and palms of the hands facing upwards.
  5. e. Reverse the procedure to return to the starting position.

This will exercise more muscles than you realised you've got so BE CAREFUL!

Click on the images below to see enlarged photos of the exercise.

a. From in Front

[Exercise 3, starting position, front view][Exercise 3, position 2, front view][Exercise 3, position 3, front view][Exercise 3, finishing position, front view]

 

b. From the Side

[Exercise 3, starting position, side view][Exercise 3, position 2, side view][Exercise 3, position 3, side view][Exercise 3, finishing position, side view]

Exercise 3: Arms (plus a lot more!)

 

Exercise 4

  1. a. Start by holding a drumstick in one hand, horizontally in front of you with a straight arm. The back of your hand should be facing upwards.
  2. b. Rotate your arm through 180°until your sticks are horizontal and the back of your hand is towards the ground.
  3. c. Repeat this action, backwards and forwards.
  4. d. Swap hands and repeat.

You should feel tension in your forearms and wrist.

Click on images below to see enlarged photos of the exercise.

 

[Exercise 4, starting position][Exercise 4, position 2][Exercise 4, position 3][Exercise 4, position 4][Exercise 4, finishing position]

Exercise 4: Forearm & Wrist

 

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