Some solutions require engineering design and specialists, yet others require nothing more than a trip to the local pharmacy. In this post, I’d like to share a few adaptations made with Self-Adhesive Bandage Wrap.
This material is reusable, it sticks to itself, it grips well, and it costs about $4 per package. Not bad for prototype material!
When I was an undergraduate music education student, I took a Percussion Methods class. Even though I am perfectly capable of holding a snare stick in my right hand, I decided to wrap the stick to my hand. As such, my fingers didn’t need to squeeze so tightly. My hand didn’t get tired, and I was able to have the loose, flexible grip I needed to try double stroke rolls and other rudiments.
This kind of wrap works for individuals missing a hand, as well.
Granted, this solution is probably a temporary fix. Advanced percussionists missing hands often use more high-tech prosthetic devices. Bandage wrap can be a simple first solution, and therefore I strongly advocate that students missing a hand play with two mallets in elementary music classrooms.
What else can you do with self-adhesive bandages? I recently dusted off my violin. I never used a bow adaptation, but I am wondering if I would have a better bow grip if the frog was wrapped. Would a comfortable, grippy surface work better for me? I’ll keep experimenting!