What should you be working on

242 – What should you be working on?

As drummers we have infinite amounts of choices when it comes to what we have to work on: Practicing, networking, writing, getting gigs, starting a band, touring, technique, hands, feet, etc. The list is endless. Depending on where you are in your career, what your goals are and how much time you have can determine what is the best use of your time and effort. This session will give you some insight into what I’ve done over the years to not only regain my focus but also give me the greatest return on my investment of time and energy.

I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below.

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4 replies
  1. Patrick Buckley
    Patrick Buckley says:

    Loved this one man! I’m in this situation right now actually. Agree with everything you threw out. One thing that has helped me is once I established that morning routine and was getting up earlier I could then really focus on 2-3 things at once and not feel that any one was taking too much time or receiving too little time. So, for instance, I use mornings to get in anywhere between 1.5 – 2 hours of hand & foot maintenance every day (still in my building10,000 stage). I’m in 4 bands so practicing in the am allows me to get in some consistent time before later in the day when I have group rehearsals.

    Thanks for all you do man!

  2. GaryGDrums
    GaryGDrums says:

    Great timing on this one Nick!
    As it’s the start of a new year lots of people have personal goals (new years resolutions) and I’m currently working on a business plan for my own drum studio.
    Secondly, I’m ‘pushing’ my original artists and bands that I’m involved in this year as I have a comfortable teaching and function job so I would like to get “back out there” making and creating new music again. Touring is the dream for many.
    Thirdly, I plan on taking lessons again. Perhaps a lesson from a different tutor each month to gain more knowledge and advance my own skills on the kit.
    Starting to become a regular listener now.
    Thanks again!

  3. Jessica Gonzalez
    Jessica Gonzalez says:

    I really liked this! Due to job and family, I can’t devote several hours a day to continue to build my foundation-I’m a late-starter-so I just do what I can, and incorporate not just individual practice but as much time playing with other musicians as I can do. For me, playing with other players has really taught me how to drum.

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