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    I've been playing in the studio mon, tue, wed, thur, fri , sat and going in a little bit today sun each for about 4 to 5 hours and in exhausted even my playing feels like its suffering a little anyone have this problem ? O and add been working full time also

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    Not only could you be physically fatigued, but mentally as well. Both will take a toll on your playing.

    I work 50+ hours a week at a pretty physical job, practice 5 hours a week, and also gig out 3-4 times a month. Not to mention I'm 50 years old. I can attest that at times either one, or both kinds of fatigue, have affected my play. Sometime so dramatically that I must dumb down what I'm doing, just to be able to keep tempo. It doesn't help my singing or even remembering lyrics at these times either.

    With a practice regimen such as yours, it may take some time for your body to adjust to the rigors, but if you are in decent shape to begin with it will happen.
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    I let the drums do the work. All I do is aim the sticks.

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    the way that i look at it is ,,, nothing is free,,,if you want to continue what your doing , you have to pay for it with your energy. is it worth it ? only you can decide...
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    Yea today was a lot better ( i actually got more than 5 hours of sleep)I don't plan on spreading myself that thin for awhile. I just couldn't believe how drained I was and how sloppy my playing got and I was literally dreading setting and breaking down my kit lol

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    ^ Sometimes man you just need to rest. I do that now and then, otherwise I could just as easily burn out. At least doubling on other things (tuned percussion and now a bit of keyboards) puts me in a different mindframe, so that I'm rarely mentally tired, but yeah I can get physically tired from all the rehearsals, gigging, recording and teaching that I have to do, at times. Still, I can't complain. Things are going exactly as I want it.
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    If it was that much hard work, I would have played the radio.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drmpunk View Post
    Yea today was a lot better ( i actually got more than 5 hours of sleepl
    That's key. Even the "easiest" of jobs will become difficult when you haven't had enough sleep - and drumming ain't easy.

    I do have a pretty easy job - 9 months out of the year. I work at Toys R Us, and this will be my third "season" (We don't track how long we've been around by years - its how many Christmases you've been through.) By mid-December, I'm living on auto pilot, and I'm not the only one. Even the guys that have been there over 10 seasons still start to make stupid mistakes the closer to Christmas - and the longer the hours -it gets. Last year the assistant manager (15 seasons) tired to take a u-boat (large wheeled moving dolly) fully loaded down the stairs.

    You have a lot on your plate - I know I couldn't do it and you've got a few years on me. Just try to get some more sleep and I think you'll feel better over time!
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    When my band booked our studio session to record 12 songs. We thought at the time it was a great idea to book right after SXSW Music Festival because we'd be inspired.


    Well as it turns out. That was not such a great idea because we had been partying all week long going to see bands.

    We were all exhausted!

    Well by the end of the first session my fingers were cramping up so bad I couldn't play even if I wanted too. And it was painful. My bass player dubbed me Sir Crampsalot.

    Anyway. We powered through 12 songs in 3 days and it still managed to turn out pretty good.

    I just had to hydrate and relax.

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    I worked at Toys R Us when it was known as Victoria's Secret.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drmpunk View Post
    I was literally dreading setting and breaking down my kit lol
    Countless times I've been heard muttering " I wish I played the flute" as I was breaking down the kit.
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    do you have time to sleep and eat properly with that scheduled ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by itchie View Post
    do you have time to sleep and eat properly with that scheduled ?
    Not right now I'm working 10 plus a day and its about 4 to 5 hour practice plus travel and breakdown so yea I'm getting like 4 hours plus naps. We are getting good takes in the studio. But I will never do this kind of crazy schedule again I'm not 18 anymore lol

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    Dude it's important for your ears and muscle to repair over night ,I also recommend 30 minuets of cardio and 10 of stretching every day

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    I didn't feel good at all during our last band practice. We did the set for the next show and noticed my arms feeling really heavy really couldn't wait till it was over. Once it was i got outta there fast and laid flat on the floor and felt like throwing up. On the way home I had severe muscle cramping all over legs arms, back, stomach man it hurt almost had to pull off the freeway twice.

    I was way past a little dehydration. I'm suprised I didn't pass out. I enjoy having a beer probably too many that day before and during. I am going to make a better effort to have a jug of water from now on. Been on vacation too and yesterday got back to my running. I'm feeling better.
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    Wow man...you're one busy drummer! It's no wonder you never responded to my PM...too busy! Get at least 6 hours of sleep a day. Your body and mind will know that you're under 'sleep debt' if you don't get the needed restful sleep to recharge the batteries. It takes weeks to reduce the 'sleep debt' you owe your body. Good luck! I'm assuming there's alot of people counting on you to keep pushing yourself.

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    Both mind and body need rest! That is a killer schedule! Your passion is what will keep you going

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    Quote Originally Posted by late8 View Post
    Wow man...you're one busy drummer! It's no wonder you never responded to my PM...too busy! Get at least 6 hours of sleep a day. Your body and mind will know that you're under 'sleep debt' if you don't get the needed restful sleep to recharge the batteries. It takes weeks to reduce the 'sleep debt' you owe your body. Good luck! I'm assuming there's alot of people counting on you to keep pushing yourself.
    Sorry man yea I got it but I've been way to busy to actually give it a good thought

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    Quote Originally Posted by drmpunk View Post
    Sorry man yea I got it but I've been way to busy to actually give it a good thought
    No worries.....you got lots on your plate!!

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    Man...you have a day job?? with a schedule like yours you would think you ONLY played drums and thats it! get some rest dude
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    Eventually your body will just say screw it we are sleeping now. 4-5hrs practice a night is to much.

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    dont work hard! work smart!

    keep it to songs that need work rather than endless unnecessary practice for the sake of practice

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    Quote Originally Posted by itchie View Post
    dont work hard! Work smart!

    Keep it to songs that need work rather than endless unnecessary practice for the sake of practice
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    Now if I could convince my bass player.

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    im pritty good at schooling my bands ...20 years of practice so far

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    Quote Originally Posted by itchie View Post
    dont work hard! work smart!

    keep it to songs that need work rather than endless unnecessary practice for the sake of practice
    Exactly.
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