The Studio Drummer Chats!

Can Yoga improve your drumming?

March 01, 2020 Jonathan Cazenave Season 3 Episode 6
The Studio Drummer Chats!
Can Yoga improve your drumming?
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The Studio Drummer Chats!
Can Yoga improve your drumming?
Mar 01, 2020 Season 3 Episode 6
Jonathan Cazenave

Ever done any Yoga? If you play drums, (or even if you don't!) here are some reasons why you may want to check it out.
The Studio Drummer Chats is creativity podcast that talks about Music, Creativity, Production, Drumming and apparently, yoga. It is available everywhere including, Spotify, Apple, Google, iheartradio, youtube etc.
Feel free to reach out on instagram @thestudiodrummer or Youtube @thestudiodrummer
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Ever done any Yoga? If you play drums, (or even if you don't!) here are some reasons why you may want to check it out.
The Studio Drummer Chats is creativity podcast that talks about Music, Creativity, Production, Drumming and apparently, yoga. It is available everywhere including, Spotify, Apple, Google, iheartradio, youtube etc.
Feel free to reach out on instagram @thestudiodrummer or Youtube @thestudiodrummer
Thanks for listening and please SUBSCRIBE. (and share it with 1 other person- thank you)

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Welcome to the studio drummer chats. This is a creativity podcast. We talked about all kinds of stuff. Creativity, musicianship, music, production. Definitely lots of drumming. Hopefully, if you're in any kind of creative field or you're interested in creativity, you'll find a couple of these podcasts that we'll give you some info that will help you be more creative. Help you have more fun while you're doing it. The reason I call it a creativity podcast and not just a drumming or guitar bass playing podcast or composition podcasts I could probably do a podcast about any of those things individually is because I'm so interested in all the different ways that people are creative. The process of an actor or a comedian or painter has always been something super fascinating to me, and I've read a lot of books about different artists through the years in their processes, and it's fun inspiring to know how other people for me to know how other people do what they do and how they think. One of those books I want to mention today is called Daily rituals, Daily rituals and how artists Work is the second part of the title and it's Ah, book. Little short chapters that over 200 artists, comedians, composers, filmmakers, you know Ben Franklin are could be Mahler or Stephen King or Tesla are just all kinds of people, and it talks about their daily rituals that you know, things they do every day when they sort of wake up when they're about to be creative and how they go through their day. And, uh, it's a really cool read. I've read it. I read the hardback, and I also listen to the audio, and I can highly recommend both of those. So if you want to just hear an entertaining book really easy read Easy. Listen to easy to read daily rituals. One chapter. You know, it takes like two minutes to read, but it's ah lot of fun, and I guess it kind of ties in a little bit with what the topic of today's podcast is about. Because while yoga for me is not necessarily always a daily ritual, it is a very regular thing that I do several times a week, and it's definitely something that is creative fuel for May and our fuel for me, actually, in a lot of ways kind of on a mental level on a physical level. So today's topic is yoga and drumming. Now I can tell you having friends at a guitar players and bass players and keyboard players and vocalists that yoga certainly could be. Take a guitar player, lots of things happening in the wrist fingers, four arms, shoulders and the fact that if you perform on stage, you are supporting guitar for two or three hours at a time. So you need good back and core strength yoga. Certainly something that would be good for a guitar player or for a bass player like pianist, keyboard player. All these things, a vocalist for various reasons. But today I'm gonna focus on some of the benefits I've seen specifically as a drummer. Not only do I know of drummers that have struggled with physical issues because of maybe years of touring, maybe not so great technique may be overdoing it a little bit, but also I've had those struggles myself, physical struggles, some maybe because of years and years of drumming, maybe some also because of other things. Martial arts. Running those sorts of things in yoga for me has definitely helped with those things. It's helped get me stronger, healthier, more flexible, less pain, all those things. But as it applies to drumming in particular, that's what I want to talk about today. And one thing that I've noticed about yoga is that I have gained Maur fluidity on the drum set. And as I've been thinking about, really what I mean by that What? What does that mean, more fluid? I think it means less stiff. You know, if I if I sit down behind the set after yoga practice, I can re like I can really tell the difference. I can really feel like everything's just, like, ready to go. And that being said, you know, this is not a scientific analysis, but I mean because I've also been working on fluid iti as a concept and working on shops that that are involved with validity. While I've been doing yoga doing it for maybe about a year and 1/2 or so. I haven't really kept track of the time, but somewhere around there, But when you think about drumming, man, you know, we talked about it being a physical instrument. But if you're you know, the shoulders get a lot, a lot of use. The wrists get a lot of use. The fingers get a lot of use, the elbow joints and everything around that area where that part of the arm bends. Lot of use the hips, tons of use the knees pretty good. Better use angles, fii blobby use. So you know, when you think about this sort of repetitive motion, if we have, like, a really, really good technique, even if we have really good take me, you think about this sort of repetitive motion that we might be doing for years on end. I think it's probably a good idea to think about ways that we might want to maintain that whatever. I'm doing podcasts like this. I like to just throw a couple things in Google to see what do what happened. So I put that put in Google. Is yoga good for you? And the first link that came up was WebMD, and I took a quote from that that said, yoga is a great activity for you. If you have diabetes, my blood pressure, high cholesterol or heart disease, it gives you strength, flexibility and mind body awareness. Yoga can help you stay flexible and strong without putting added stress on your joints. So that last part, they're flexible and strong without putting added stress on your joints. I think that's a lot of other stuff. Sounds great, too. But I think for drummers that's something that we're always looking to do, what we want to be strong and flexible. But you know, we don't wanna We don't want to add to the stress as it might. I'm not saying you shouldn't run but running. Certainly if your drummer and a runner if you do that for enough years, same thing of martial arts, which I did, you will probably have some hip issues. At some point. It's kind of unavoidable. Due to the impact nature of those things. Yoga is a little different. It manages to strengthen and stretch out parts of your body without putting extra stress in the same way back to the fluidity thing for a second. Another nice benefit that I think I've noticed is that it has allowed me to increase my speed on various things have been working on, as in tracking things with the Metrodome. I think because the muscles are more relaxed and able to play, able to do what I'm trying to get them to do with less tension. So I think the lack of attention has allowed me to increase my speed. So for me, I've also been working on better technique and more relaxed playing for a while now. So yoga tied in very nicely with this concept of working on that for the past few years. There are a lot of specific things that I end up doing in yoga classes that to me really tied directly to building muscle for things that I'm working on. You know, there's a there's a thing we do, which is kind of called chatter Wrangle, which is kind of like a push up and playing something and things like that which help with shoulder and arm strength and flexibility. And it's something I really see tying directly to my playing same thing with fingers and wrists. Most classes been a pretty good bit of time, stretching out fingers and wrists, and there's a lot of focus on balance between standing on one leg standing on another leg and this, I believe, has translated well for me. Thio, an increase in bass drum agility. We do things where you're standing up on the ball of your foot on and you're You spend a good bit of time when your toes and all this time you're doing that, you are building muscle and you're building sort of strength and flexibility in those parts of your feet. And it seems to me it's the kind of strength that you would want As a drummer. I don't know that we want tons of bulk. We just want to be strong, and we want our muscles to be relaxed and and, uh, respond. So besides improving my drumming, which I really feel like it has, I think also there's a maintenance aspect to it. The very act of doing this on a regular basis allows you to keep what you have in terms of your strength and flexibility in your joints and, you know, as we age, or if you just play a lot in tour lot. Even if you're young, those things can can be a challenge. Injuries from the repetitive motion are pretty common amongst drummers, and I think that something like yoga can really help with that. Another side benefit of doing yoga, according to Scientific American, is that it increases focus. It lowers stress and contributes to an increase in gray matter in the brain, which includes an area that is key to our concept of self. So if any of that interest, you are a that sounds appealing to you. A couple of tips on getting started first, there's some great resource is on YouTube some really good practitioners that can help you get started that have daily or weekly videos. There are a couple of really good streaming service is that you can you can pay to take lessons as well. I would highly recommend if you have a yoga studio near you that you sign up for local classes and take some classes. There is. It's just kind of like if you're taking drum lessons, there is something different about being in the room of somebody having them helping with your alignment. Move this part here in that part there and after you have maybe learned some of the fundamentals and kind of understand it. If you decide you'd rather practice at home with YouTube videos or whatever a streaming service, you'll be better prepared and you'll have a better understanding of what it is you're actually doing. Many yoga styles include breath, work and meditation. Also, though, if those things appeal to you, that's a great side benefit that can help with anxiety, calming your mind focus as well as all the fantastic physical benefits. Let me just say, lastly, that the yoga studio that I practice that has very easy classes, and they also have very, very difficult classes and, of course, intermediate classes. So I say that to say, If you've never done it, start with a yoga 101 Really go easy. Maybe don't do the hot yoga. If that's an option. And as you are finding your way in, then maybe try a little bit and work your way up. Try a little bit harder medium class and after you've done some of those work your way up to a more advanced class. The advanced classes where I practice are very, very difficult. And by that I mean it takes a lot of endurance. The temperature is very high, you're holding poses for long periods of time, and it is challenging on, uh, the kind of level that you would imagine a very strenuous workout. So I just wanted to kind of share that perspective because some people that maybe never taken yoga before and don't know what to expect might think it's just kind of sitting on the ground stretching. And there is that kind of yoga, and that's actually also really good for you. There's restorative yoga, and there's a yen yoga where you hold stretching postures for long periods of time in a relaxed, non heated room. There's all different kinds of yoga and, of course, try to find a teacher or two that you really connect with, just like in school are taking drum lessons. Oh, our martial arts or anything else. Finding a teacher that you connect with can make a big difference in motivation and having fun. If you enjoy this podcast, please feel free to reach out to me on Instagram and let me know you can d m me at the studio drummer. Same on YouTube if you want to see what I'm up to there at the studio drummer. If you have any questions or comments, let me know on Instagram also, I would greatly appreciate it if you would share this podcast with at least one other drummer, musician, creative person, and I will talk to you soon