#116: The Discipline of Drumming

Daily Podcast for Drummers

There are times when drumming actually isn’t very much fun. So here are some mindset shifts we can use to get through the tough times when drumming is more of a discipline than fun activity.

Hey there, welcome back to Drummer Daily, I am … pulling out my hair is not the right word, because I’m not frustrated, I just am so busy. I am in the middle of redoing my website, so there might be some pieces of it you can already see now, depending on when you’re listening to this and when you’re happening to browse my website, danielhadaway.com. I am trying to redesign the look of it, but more, I’m trying to make it clearer when you come to my website. I’ve put out so many resources for you as drummers, videos, downloads, YouTube videos, instructional videos, and my plan is to crate a lot more of those coming up soon and actually link them back to what we’re talking about in podcasts a lot, so kind of having more free resources associated with what you’re hearing about on this podcast.

So maybe it could be a thing like, I don’t know, I’ve heard some people say, “Hey, I wish you could demonstrate more on the podcast.” Well, as I mentioned before, it’s kind of tough to do, but maybe what I’m going to try to do is maybe have something like, if I discuss breaking down the subtleties in playing with quiet dynamics on the snare drum, maybe I’ll offer a video that’s related to that on my website. So I’m going to say, “Hey go to this address on my website” and you can quickly get that downloaded or whatever.

As a part of that, you may have noticed, depending on where you’re consuming this podcast, that I have reverted back to numbering these podcast episodes. The reason why I’m doing that is because I want to make it easy in the future, that if there is something like something in the show notes, like a link or a resource that I’ve provided for you, I want to make it easy for you to go find that on my website. So I’m going to start putting these podcasts up, the links and anything I’ve mentioned are going to go up on the website and the URLs will always be the same. So the URL for … I’m not sure which episode this is yet, but let’s say this episode was episode 124, then you would be able to go to danielhadaway.com/124 and just see everything to do with this episode. That’s my vision for this, so we’ll get there eventually. We’re probably not there as of when you are hearing this, but maybe if you’re hearing this a few months in the future, we are there.

So I’ve been redoing my website, but I’ve been redoing my website also as a part of this other thing that I’m announcing early next week, so I’ve got that other thing that I’m working on as well. I told you I redid my studio. There’s just all these things up in the air, all these things that have to get done at once. I’ve got … Let’s see, today is Wednesday. Starting tomorrow, I’ve got another two-day intensive, someone coming into town and working with me in the studio on drumming, so I’ll be doing that. All kinds of craziness going on all at the same time, and I’m having so much fun, but I definitely don’t always feel like working on this stuff. Sometimes I just want to be lazy and drink coffee and read a fiction book or something, but I can’t do that. Gotta keep going.

And actually, that’s what I want to talk about today. You might roll your eyes at this, but I recently had an experience where I was practicing drums and I sat down to practice drums and when I sat down, as i always do, I put on some music to play along with, and I just couldn’t find anything that I really felt like playing with. It all just … I was like, this doesn’t right, I don’t want to do this, and just kept skipping and skipping songs, not finding anything that I really wanted to do. At a certain point I was like, man, this is not fun today. Playing drums is not fun today.

And then that was when my own advice hit me like a lightning bolt in my own head, it was like, hey. You always talk about drumming having to be a discipline sometimes, and you have to do it even if you don’t feel like it because you’re maintaining your craft, you’re taking care of yourself and you’re doing what’s right. It hit me, I was like, you know what Daniel? You’re right. I need to buck up a little bit and do this thing even if I don’t feel like it. Practicing drums, because it’s worth taking care of my craft as a drummer. It’s worth doing this thing.

So I pushed through and I did it, and felt great after I did it. Felt great that I had done it. I don’t know if I ever really got to the point where I really was into it and excited about it and enjoying it, but I participated in the discipline of drumming.

So I just wanted to remind you today, this is going to be a short episode, I just want to remind you today that sometimes it is not enjoyable to play the drums. Sometimes it is practice, it’s discipline. The thing is, sometimes you can practice and play and still work on improvement even when you don’t feel like it. I promise you, it will make the other times when you are feeling like playing so much more enjoyable. You’ll be able to do things that you would not be able to do if you hadn’t been practicing all those times when you didn’t feel like it. It’s worth it, if you want to be professional. It’s worth investing in your career by practicing. So just tell yourself that. If you can’t get into practicing right now, think about al the you’re going to make as a professional drummer someday in the future when you are a professional drummer.

Hopefully this inspires you today and encourages you. I’ll be back tomorrow. Tomorrow, we are going to talk about making our drums sound better, so come back tomorrow. I think you’ll enjoy this one. All right, by for now.

 

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