113 – [#AskRuffini] – Frustration, Jam Sessions, Understanding Jazz, and Practice Duration

Welcome to #AskRuffini.  I get a ton of emails, messages, tweets, etc asking all sorts of questions ranging from “How can I practice better?” to “What’s your favorite food?” and everything in between.  Rather than replying to the messages individually I want these answers to benefit everyone in the Drummer’s Resource Community, so I decided to add them to the podcast.

“The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.” – Robertson Davies (Tweet this)

Have Questions?  There are a few ways to submit them:

1. Send a message on the Contact Page or email me: Questions[at]DrummersResource[dot]com
2. Send me a message on Facebook
3. Tweet me and use the hashtag #AskRuffini

The Questions:

“The past few weeks I’ve been in this funk where I don’t want to look at or practice drums or any kind of music. I’ve tried listening to music and watching DVDs for inspiration but I can’t seem to get inspired to want to play. I try pulling out the pad but even that doesn’t help. It may have something to do with the fact that I haven’t had a gig since June 6th and my phone isn’t ringing off the hook. This is new and weird for me and as much as I hate it, I can’t seem to get rid of it. Have you ever gone through this?”
– DeShawndre

“How effective is going to jam sessions at getting gigs?  I’ve discovered that for all the hours sitting at a jam session waiting to play a couple of songs, I can be more productive at home practicing?”
– Febbie

“Hey, I recently discovered your podcast and I was listening to your segment on learning different styles and how we need to listen to start understanding the music in order to really feel it. I find I have trouble getting into jazz. I’ll listen to jazz and I won’t understand what’s going on and that just eventually turns me away from the music. I often times find it to have to much going on and hard to comprehend  Any advice for just getting into jazz and not exactly diving into a sea of something foreign. Are there any albums that you would recommend that would help someone to begin to have an understanding of jazz?”

“How long should my practice sessions be?”

Resources and Links Mentioned:

John Riley Interview

John Riley Interview







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Practice Routine Podcast







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