Monday, June 28, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
What makes me a better drummer today?
- I know my limits, and I won't push it too hard at a live show, just to show off.
- I learned that what I eat before a gig will either help or hurt my performance.
- Warming up before a show will make your first song sound great.
- The singer is the face of the band, and the drummer just support.
- I'm never going to be a star, and knowing that fact helps me enjoy those Tuesday night gigs. (not that I ever had visions of being a star)
- I can afford better gear.
- The drama is easier to blow off. Yes, the singer has an ego, yes the guitar is never loud enough, according to the guitar player.
- I can think beyond the evening, knowing that I have another show the next night, and save energy for the next town.
- A gig is not a gig until you are actually on stage and playing your drums. You never know when a show will be cancelled.
- If two people show up for a show, play even better because they are probably uncomfortable being the only fans there. Make them feel special.
- Being forced to do full volume rehearsals, three nights a week is probably not going to make you a better drummer. It's just going to make you hard of hearing. Turn it down.
I don't have all the answers. Sorry, if this comes off as preachy. As I was rehearsing last night, I thought about those musicians that have perhaps one or two shows to call their own. They might have played in a high school band. They might have played at a dance, or basement show. They might have spent 12 months getting ready to play a gig only to have their singer quit the band a week before their debut. (this happened to me) I'm eternally grateful for what has come my way.
If I were to break it down even further, I would say that I'm happy that I can play a double stroke roll down the rack. At age 45 you are probably too old to get noticed by a 20 year old guitar player. I'm happy to say that it doesn't bother me too much. Those 20 year old guitar players have to go through what I went through, and I don't want to live that all over again. I'll do more stretching, eat better, sleep better, be wiser, sober, and wake up the next day feeling like I can crush it. When I'm 60, I'll start playing the vibes.