I had a conversation with a friend recently who feels that he's ready to start getting paid for his drumming. I had a few questions for him that I thought he needed to consider before making that move- and I thought you might benefit from considering these same questions.
Today we'll talk about something I've never covered on the podcast: anxiety. Now I've honestly never felt anxiety directly regarding playing the drums, but I have dealt with anxiety around many other aspects of being a professional musician. So today, I'll share some practical steps I've learned to take to help me deal with anxious feelings.
Benjamin writes in: What do I do if I'm stuck in a small town next to a city where all the major studio producers are in bed with the drummers that are just mediocre, so I can't get the sessions to get into these big studios ( bureaucracy and politics)?
Today Bryan writes: I play for 2 different bands...one is a genre that I know fairly well. The other is a genre I really don't know well. How do I play in a band to a genre I don't know well, professionally? Should I leave that band until I'm a lot more familiar with the genre?
Today's question comes from Chris: Something I’m struggling with right now is working with self taught musicians. I recently got roped into a hardcore band and these guys have no idea how to communicate musically. I finally got a demo and that cleared some things up, but how do break the language barrier?
It's time for another rant... But this time I make sure to circle back and give you some actionable advice on how you can stand out in your music scene and make a name for yourself. And the best part is: it really isn't that hard!
Does each groove in your arsenal only have one volume level? If so, this episode is for you. I'm going to share a concept that I picked up a few years back that has made my drumming much more versatile.
Is the extent of your practice plan "Find some great drummers and try to play what they play"? Well, let's talk about how we can keep doing that but add a few other elements into our drum practice plan to accelerate our drumming development.
Are you reluctant to make a change to your "online identity" and embrace your dreams of being a professional drummer? Are you afraid of what your non-musician friends will think when you go "all in" on this music thing? If so, today's episode is for you!
Let's talk about the myth of the "starving artist"... Now, it's certainly not a myth for everyone- there are plenty of starving artists out there- but if you're a drummer who hasn't "hit it big", you certainly shouldn't count yourself as beholden to a life of poverty.
The book I'm sharing with you today- Real Artists Don't Starve by Jeff Goins (Amazon Link) - talks exactly about this idea.
Did you know that the great Michelangelo was extremely wealthy? Well I didn't, until I read this...
In part 3 of our series on my favorite books, I'm sharing an old standby. In fact, I think this is the only book on my list of four that I've talked about previously on the podcast.
I'm talking about The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone (Amazon Link)
Now, this is certainly more of a "business" book than a music book. BUT, if you want to achieve WILD success in anything, including music/drumming, this book certainly will speak to you. The basic concept of the book is this: any goal or level of...
In part 2 of our series on my recommended books for drummers, let's talk about what your job is as an artist (you do know you're an artist right?). We're going to take a look at The War of Art by Steven Pressfield (Amazon Link).
If you've ever struggled to "stick with it" in your drumming, or if you've ever felt like a MAJORITY of the music you create isn't very good (that's certainly how I feel)- this book is for you. The War of Art reveals the secrets that EVERY great artist eventually...
In part 1 of a special series of episodes about my favorite books from a drumming perspective, I'm going to talk about Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon (Amazon Link).
I started with this book because I truly believe EVERY musician should have this book. It's really small (about the size of a CD) and can be read in less than a couple of hours. And it's worth reading about once a month. Steal Like an Artist walks through the process of understanding that any great artist's job is to steal...
Sometimes life gets in the way and we might go loooong periods of time without practicing, performing or doing anything even related to the drums. So how can we take advantage of these breaks (whether we've planned them or not) and come back refreshed and energized for our drumming?
Today, I'm going to share the 3 or 4 sentences that I've said to countless musicians, producers, band leaders, music directors- and practically everyone that I've worked with (and want to work with again). I truly believe that saying something at least like what I'm sharing with you today can be a key to your ongoing success as a drummer.
I used to get really frustrated when I would attend a drum clinic or watch an instructional drum video that turned out to just be more of a performance. But I've found an approach that allows me to almost always find something I can use in these situations, and I'd like to share that with you today.
Do you only learn new things on the drums from people who are technically "better" than you? Or can we learn new things on the drums from others- regardless of their skill level? Today we're going to talk about a quote from Charles Schwab and what it has to do with where we learn new things on the drums...