Due to the nature of the instrument, drummers do not always have the time or space to practice drums. Many individuals find that returning to the drum set after an extended period of time is a challenge. Things just don't feel right. The sticks feel foreign in the hands. Nothing grooves. Timekeeping? More like time-loosing.
I have just finished a nine month break from drumming to focus on my research as a computer scientist and start my training as a Crossfit athlete. My body has changed significantly since I started training - I've gained 15 lbs and and my hands are used to pull up bars, dumb bells, and dead lifting. It really feels awkward to hold drum sticks at all. My grip is totally different. I tried to practice a few times over the past few months, but everything felt so foreign that I gave up after a few minutes each time. I knew I would get back into it, but I also knew that it would be a process, so I put it off. Now, I'm ready and committed to getting back into the 20 hour per week practice routine - no excuses!
If you haven't been practicing and have lost your groove, here are some ideas to get things moving as soon as possible.