26 January 2022
Blog post for 24/01/2022
Hello Drummers 🥁
This week we’re thinking about drum thrones, also known as drum seats, drum stools, and probably other names too! What makes a good one?
Something we get asked from time to time is whether it’s important to have one at all, or if you can make do with a stool or other seat you have at home. The simple answer is that it’s worth getting one, and they really don’t have to be a colossal investment. On one particularly memorable gig, Phill’s drum throne’s seat snapped off the spindle and he had to spend the whole night sat on a pub chair! Not easy to get comfortable, and it did result in an achy back the next morning…
When deciding what you want out of your seat, a lot depends on how much time you’re going to spend sitting on it - a number of hours practice or performance a day, and you’re going to want to make sure you’re comfortable, but for the odd half-hour every now and then, a cheaper more lightweight option will do.
Posture is really important when you’re sat at your drums, there is a great book called “The Anatomy of Drumming’, which goes into this in lots of detail. Split seats are supposed to be good for your spine, but it’s uncertain how scientifically accurate that is! So, backless or with a back? Again, a lot depends on your own frame, whether you need a bit more back support or if you find (like Phill!), that the backrest gets in your way. Gas lifts are just a luxury - they don’t really have any benefit, most drum seats easily adjust in height by just spinning them anyway! One thing to add on the subject of seat height, is that it doesn’t really matter how high or low you sit but your knees should never be higher than your hips.
There are so many different types of drum seats out there that this could easily turn into a very long blog post, but really the best solution is to go somewhere where you can try out some different styles of drum throne, and see what suits you.
Have a great week, everyone! 🥁🥁🥁
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