Joined: Sep 2, 2005
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
No. 2 Posted on Nov 5, 2012 11:51 AM
Push-ups, planks, anything that will strengthen your arms, back, and core. The best thing for you will be wearing the drum as much as you can. Your body will grow accustomed to it before too long and you'll be good to go.
As far as playing tips, I would just recommend starting simple. Practice any basic exercises you have on one drum. Then, once you have everything down on one drum, take it around the drums. This way, you already have the part in your hands and all you have to worry about is the movements.
Hope that helps, if you have any other questions feel free to ask.
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