I went to get a massage today. According to my massage therapist, my body is all messed up in all the places I feel distress when I play o-daiko.
One of my classmates was saying that after playing for almost a year, he’s still adjusting every week, trying new things and feeling differently sore afterward. Still settling in, like a house.
Got a good tip today from sensei: we should be hitting in an upward direction, not parallel to the ground. That got the arm extension on the backswing wheel going real good.
Learned a new showy arm sequence today that I’m still trying to master. I thought about how to describe it, and I’ve settled on “samurai blender arms”.
Interestingly, class got easier as we progressed. Was I warmed up? Was I accustomed to the pain? Tonight’s class was definitely not easy. I played so hard my shins sweat. Yeah, I know, weird, and TMI.