One of the most often asked questions I have received throughout my career is, “How do you achieve the goals you have set for yourself and perform so consistently at such a high level?” This is actually a more complicated and intricate question for me to answer to even myself as I am my harshest critic. So let me start with this.
There are basic fundamentals I live by and also implement in my drumming. I would like to share these insights with you and provide you the opportunity to apply these principles in your own drumming and maybe to your life as well.
The first thing I like to share with aspiring drummers and musicians is, as with any art form, it is a never ending learning experience. To master any aspect of it takes a lifetime and even then… One would have only scratched the surface.
This is one of the most beautiful and exciting aspects of art. It thrills and inspires not only us, but all those around us. We as artists must grasp each moment to allow our instrument to speak to us, through us, for us. To do this requires complete commitment and true devotion.
I have dedicated my life to my art from the early age of six and the more I have learned and accomplished the more I understand my journey has only just begun. I continually stand in awe of what it has shown me over the years. It can be quite the humbling experience, but in my opinion, it leads to true wisdom.
Discipline. Discipline. Discipline is one of the real secrets to my success; and the definition of discipline is “the practice of training someone.” How perfectly fitting a subject when what we do day in and day out is a regimented training schedule. But it is important to understand that before we can fully commit ourselves to training, we must make the commitment, we must be disciplined and we must practice it. We are practicing how to practice, if you will. This is why discipline is of such great importance for achieving our long term goals and then sustaining those goals once they are reached.
Training vs Practicing: Training is the development of a particular skill. Practicing is the refinement process through repetition for developing proficiency of the skill set learned during training for actual application.
When we apply ourselves diligently, our love, loyalty and enthusiasm for our instrument will increase along with our skill level and knowledge. Passion has to have action and it is why we as artists feel fulfilled and complete when we strive to maximize our potential each and every day for not only are we developing our abilities, but our individuality.