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Question: Is it normal to bleed when playing drums?

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Chosen answer: No, it is not normal to bleed while playing drums, as callouses develop on a drummer's hands through constant practising and playing. But, if a drummer plays hard enough and fast enough using the same drum sticks, friction between wood and skin can develop and rupture toughened skin. In the context of the film, the drummer is being pushed beyond his limits by the music conductor. Additionally, he is pushing himself to be better, so the bleeding is a consequence of that drive for excellence.

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Question: I may have missed something. If JK Simmons was fired, how could he conduct the band at the end?

raph

Chosen answer: He was fired from the university, but the band at the end was a hobby group he had started conducting for.

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