Drumming as pain killer

I have witnessed drummers banging away until their fingers bleed. I have even done it myself. Any other activity where our hand would be hurt we would stop immediately. What’s that all about?

In psychological terms drumming also is a pain killer. The solace and comfort of a good groove goes a long way toward soothing the soul. The critical mind is put on hiatus. Emotional pain is put on hold if the grove is forgiving, laid back and nurturing.

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