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To the question of “hand speed”

Unfortunately, there are still misconceptions among drummers, related to the development of playing skills at a high pace. Often this not only delays the result, but also leads to injuries and the impossibility of further play.

According to scientists, violinist produces up 10 movements per second, and the pianist 40. This is normal for a drummer too.. Wherein, it is difficult to imagine a pianist or a violinist, which warms up arms before the game, stretching them and twisting the ligaments under critical, unnatural angles (meaning the famous "grandfather" way of warming up with twisting and twisting of the wrists, elbow joints - as in the video). Of course, if you love your hands, their mobility and sensitivity for many years, you won't do it. It's better to warm up by playing, moreover, the short play of complex games brings more benefit, and not a long and monotonous game of simple.

The rate of muscle contraction determines the ratio of fiber types in its composition.. With a slight degree of simplification, we can say - with the same number of fibers, the thicker they are, the stronger and slower the muscle contracts (Weber's principle in biomechanics), the thinner the weaker, but it's faster (Bernoulli principle). Loading the muscle with excess weight, we injure the fibers, they thicken, become stronger and, Alas, lose mobility. That's why, doing weighted sticks (another "old-fashioned" way to develop speed), we, vice versa, move away from the target. Furthermore, under such conditions, the compensatory muscles will surely be imperceptibly connected, which shouldn't be used at all.. You can't consciously control it.. In this way, a traumatic motor stereotype will be developed and memorized.

There is only one effective and scientifically proven way to increase the speed of muscle contraction - this is to increase the frequency of nerve impulses sent to it.. To do this, it is better to use light sticks and practice playing as quietly as possible., with a minimum of effort. You should also play music with a smooth, an imperceptible increase in tempo (some programmable metronomes allow you to do this). When your muscles get fast enough, naturally you will feel, which will increase the volume. There are also many misconceptions associated with playing at high volume., but more on that another time.
What about the feeling of lightness?, which occurs after classes with heavy sticks when switching to ordinary? In fact of the matter, that it's just temporary, subjective feeling, which does not give a real increase in speed. The source of this self-deception and self-hypnosis is still passed down from generation to generation., finding no scientific evidence. There are many successful musicians, who profess these delusions. However, scientific data show that, that following such outdated advice is a typical "survivor's mistake", the same results could be achieved with much less effort, If only they could be directed in the right direction.
There are similar observations in sports., it is enough to study the use of weighted balls in baseball training in order to increase the pitcher's throw speed. More and more athletes see this as the source of their injuries and pain in their hands and warn against such a practice. (Youtube channel – «The High Risk of Using Weighted Balls», «How Weighted Baseballs Can End Your Career on Baseball» etc.)