I went to the Scottish Highland Games in Phoenix Arizona (he he, that's funny). I saw a lot of kilts. I drank some beer. Some burly guys threw telephone poles around. I got a thumb ring (it could be worse) from a tatoo'ed wench dressed like a renaissance prostitute. My wife didn't mind. So, if you were ever wondering about it... no, it really doesn't interfere with the drumming at all, providing it's loose enough. What it does interfere with is opening beer bottles. I find I have to take it off when I want to twist off a lid.