Posts Tagged ‘Technique’

Gig Grips Drumstick Grips

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

“The most dangerous musical instrument is the drums,” says Dr Jaume Rosset i Llobet, Director of the Institute of Physiology and Medicine of Art-Terrassa, Barcelona (and co-author of the excellent, The Musician’s Body, A Maintenance Manual for Peak Performance).

For the last couple of years the Institute has been testing the effectiveness of Gig Grips Drumstick Grips, which were developed to enable drummers to play without over-gripping their sticks. “We have used Gig Grips for those patients who need to reduce the grip force used to play, such as those with traumatic hand injuries or over-use symptoms. We are very pleased with the results and will continue using Gig Grips with our patients.”

Over-gripping can also be caused by the tendency to grip harder as sticks start to slip whilst playing. This happens mostly during gigs where sweaty conditions and the pressure of performance combine. Over time, tension combined with the impact of hitting drums can lead to career-limiting injuries. The idea behind Gig Grips is to help by enabling drummers to play with a more relaxed and natural grip, reducing muscle tension, vibrations and impact shock.

They are produced by Think9 Ltd, a company focused on innovative percussion product development. You can learn more about Gig Grips at the website:

Note: We haven’t tested Gig Grips here at BAPAM and can’t provide information on their effectiveness (though they’ve had lots of good feedback from professional drummers). We’d love to hear from any drummers out there who’ve tried them – what do you think?

How to be a Healthy Musician

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

A FREE event at St Nicholas Church, Dyke Rd; Brighton.

Saturday May 19th 2012, 4-5pm.

Part of the series, The Musicians Body.

Drusilla Redman, physiotherapist, lecturer and health advisor to the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and BAPAM discusses the benefits of being strong, fit and healthy in order to maximise musical potential and to handle the demands of performance.

Presented by Music Of Our Time and supported by BAPAM.

One Day Singing Workshops in London

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

These one day performance workshops for singers at both good amateur and professional level, who wish to improve their existing vocal and performance skills, provide a stimulating and creative environment in which to explore solo and group work. Highly Recommended!

Ian MacDonald is a singer and specialist voice coach for BAPAM.

VoiceSkills; an Ian MacDonald and Sef Hill collaboration.

See website for full details and how to book:

The Classical Voice

The Lady Chapel, St Peter’s Church, Kennington Lane SE11 5HY – 0790 4691850

10am – 5pm, Saturday, 18th September 2010 – Booking NOW!

10am – 5pm, Saturday, 15th January 2011

10am – 5pm, Saturday, 16th April 2011

The Musical Theatre Voice

The Concert Artistes’ Association, 20 Bedford Street, London WC2E 9HP – 0790 469 1850

10am – 5pm, Sunday, 10th October 2010 – Booking NOW!

10am – 5pm, Sunday, 23rd January 2011

10am – 5pm, Sunday, 10th April 2011

Ten Top Health Tips for Musicians

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Want to know how to help keep yourself healthy whether studying, rehearsing for a gig, or performing?

These tips are taken from the BAPAM factsheet, Don’t cramp your style – Warm-up exercises for performers, also available as an A2 poster or pocket-sized concertina version. To order printed versions have a look at our Health Resources page, where you’ll also find a lot more useful information for all performing artists. All our factsheets are produced with financial support from Help Musicians UK, the Musicians’ Union and Equity.

Ten Top Health Tips for Musicians:

1. Don’t suddenly increase the time you spend rehearsing or studying (maximum 10-minute increase per day). You should increase by ten minutes each day for three days and keep at this level for the rest of the week.

2. Leave more difficult passages and pieces for towards the middle of your practice session, when your muscles are ready and not yet tired out. Increase the speed, difficulty and intensity of the pieces you are playing as you progress though the session.

3. Don’t become obsessed with repeating a passage or gesture that you can’t quite get right. Look for alternatives.

4. Take a five-minute break every half-hour.

5. If your muscles feel overloaded, do some stretching.

6. Do as much as you can to optimise your working environment: think about lighting, noise levels, temperature. Make sure your daily routine – eating, sleeping, exercise – works for you.

7. Don’t play at the time of day when you’re most tired.

8. NEVER play if you are experiencing pain. If you feel any pain, stop playing and do some gentle stretching. If such pain does not go away or if it reappears in subsequent sessions, see a specialist in Performing Arts Medicine.

9. Do exercises to stretch your muscles before playing and whenever you feel like or need it.

10. Make sure you find time for warming up and stretching. You know you will enjoy it and it will make you feel great!

Speech and Language Therapy at BAPAM

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Full and part time professional and student performing artists who have been referred to a Speech and Language therapist can now see Mei Lei at BAPAM in London. Mei specialises in voice disorders and has worked in Voice Clinics for the last 7 years with ENT Consultants, John Rubin and Tom Harris. We are able to arrange appointments for the reduced cost of £45 and we are grateful to Mei for discounting her usual fee so generously.

If you’d like more information or to book an appointment please call us on 020 7404 8444.

BAPAM May 8th Edinburgh Training Day Programme

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Click here for the BAPAM Edinburgh Training Day programme

The Show Must Go On

Doctors and Therapists get ready for the Edinburgh Festival 2010

The British Association of Performing Arts Medicine Invites ENT and Musculoskeletal Doctors and Therapists to a training event with a difference.

BAPAM provides performing artists with information on health and well-being. It offers information on those who help these performers, and helps performers find local appropriately trained clinicians. Whether a GP or ENT surgeon, osteopath or physiotherapist, singing or pilates teacher, this training event is for you. You can expect the speakers and performers to open your eyes to multidisciplinary team management with a difference. With the current fit note prompting us all to assess work related health problems with more finesse, this really is the CPD event to attend. ENT problems, pain, breathing difficulties…it is the bread and butter of general practice. Stop worrying about the obesity epidemic and help the Fat Lady sing!

Speakers include Dr Faith Gardner, BAPAM doctor at our Glasgow clinic, Kirsten Lord of the Edinburgh Physiotherapy Centre, Sara Watkin, GP and Osteopath, and Tom Harris, ENT Surgeon and Consultant to RADA.

The cost of the day is £65 for practitioners, £35 for students.

Click here for the booking form. Please complete and return to us by post with your payment.

If you have any queries please email

Many thanks to Dr. Sara Watkin for putting together the programme and organising the day locally.

Research Seminar at Guildhall School of Music

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Seminar: Preliminary Findings into the Use of Accent Method with Young and Developing Classical Singers

Professor Ron Morris,Visiting Research Fellow, Guildhall School

Wednesday 24 March

Room 208


Full details (PDF): Preliminary Findings into the Use of Accent Method with Young and Developing Classical Singers

If you would like to attend this event please email Research[AT]

This event is organised by the Guildhall School of Music