Time to strike: Influence of tempo on drumming movements
Sofia Dahl, Aalborg University Copenhagen
In percussion playing preparatory movements are used to create a
“runway”, during which the stick increases its velocity before impact.
Strokes to be played at higher dynamic levels are typically initiated
from a greater height compared to soft strokes, producing loud strokes
at low physiological cost. With increasing tempo there is less time
available for such preparatory movements, suggesting that playing loud
and fast may be more of a challenge. In this talk I will discuss how
more extreme combinations of tempi and dynamic level affect players’
movement patterns and timing performance.