Tapping speed asymmetry in drummers for single-hand tapping with a stick

Percept Mot Skills. 2006 Aug;103(1):265-72. doi: 10.2466/pms.103.1.265-272.


The purpose of this study was to investigate tapping speed asymmetry in 13 right-handed drummers and 13 right-handed nondrummers. The participants executed single-hand tapping with a stick as fast as possible for 10 sec. with the left and right hand. There was no significant difference in the tapping speed of the right hand between the drummers and the nondrummers, whereas in the left hand, the drummers tapped significantly faster than the nondrummers. Drummers showed less tapping speed asymmetry than nondrummers. These results suggest that the tapping speed of the nonpreferred hand progressed nearly to the level of the preferred hand through daily drum training.

MeSH terms

  • Acceleration*
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Female
  • Functional Laterality / physiology
  • Hand / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Movement / physiology*
  • Psychomotor Performance / physiology*
  • Psychophysics / instrumentation*