I have been a percussionist since the 6th grade and I will start by saying that these problems are something that every drummer will face in their career, beginner or expert. After not being in a band for over 4 years, joining Winters Wake has brought back many of the struggles I’ve dealt with as a beginner.
Hauling bulky and expensive equipment around.
Whether your a beginner or an expert, your drum set is your baby. We don’t like anyone else to be in charge of loading, commuting, unloading, and don’t even get me started about setting up.
A solution to the first problem are clubs that have their own drum set so all you would only need to bring cymbals and a snare drum. Unfortunately, these back lines are absolute crap 90% of the time, and they are always missing important pieces like a hi hat clutch for example. The really annoying thing is that some clubs make you use their beat up back lines to save time changing bands. As a drummer you must learn to improvise.
Blisters, soreness, and Arthritis about sum it up. I’m also convinced that hitting your fingers with a drumstick mid playing or on the rim of a drum is one of the most painful things ever. Once our bands tunes can be played by heart, we usually have some battle scars to show.
Its all worth it though, drummers are tough, we are the backbone of the band, if one mistake is made then the whole song will be off, and even with all of that pressure we still manage to be the coolest member of the band.