GPdrums || Marathon Drummer

Going Places

Posted in Drumming by gpdrums on June 2, 2006

I just got done working a 16 hour day and I’m beat tired. I picked up my practice pad for a few minutes and alternated between flam accents and flam taps. It was a simple warm up exercise. But honestly, I was so tired that I barely got to the point of being warmed up. Oh well, maybe tomorrow.

Where am I going with this? Well, I didn’t do much today, but I did something. Something is better than nothing. The old addage, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” fits well here. You see, I wasn’t born a prodigy on the drums. In fact, even with all my experience, I have a few things left to learn. I don’t worry about what I can’t do, I just keep working on it.

A couple of years ago I was reading the bio of a very famous drummer/percussionist. His bio not only inspired me to resume a regular practice schedule, but to strive for excellence and learn some new things. The life he lives sets a good example and the advice he gives is good for anyone in every facet of life, whether or not they play drums.

He said:“I have learned that it is not enough to have the gift of music, but that I have to shine that gift by practicing with discipline, love and perseverance. This holds true in every dimension of life – not just music. Practicing is for the precise execution; discipline is for building character; love is for developing better relationships with people; and finally, perseverance is needed to finish “the race” well – wherever it takes you.” -Alex Acuña

That’s worth committing to memory!



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