Never play when you practice!
This month, myself and a fantastic bunch of Nottingham drummers will be having our butts kicked into shape by the mighty Thomas Lang.
When interviewed for Rhythm magazine recently, Thomas was asked WHATS THE KEY TO DEVELOPING GOOD HABITS VERSUS GETTING STUCK IN A DRUMMING RUT?
Thomas Lang “It’s very easy to avoid this mistake. Ninety-five percent of all drummers or musicians I know break practice rule #1 which is never play when you practice, never practice when you play. Practicing is unrewarding and terribly boring, it’s a very lonely and tortuous endeavour up to the point when you achieve something and that’s your great reward. It could be a very tiny little achievement but the reward doesn’t happen while you’re practicing, that is terribly exhausting, boring and frustrating. It is constant failure for days, months! But at one point after time there is improvement.
Keep focused, try not to drift away from your practice time and start noodling away on your kit playing your go to groove that you always do, you’re no longer playing the exercises and you’re now wasting time and not learning something new. You are playing not practicing. Sixty percent of your practice time is spent noodling, playing not practicing, which is a huge amount of time wasted on stuff you can already play. Keep growing. Keep developing and keep focused.