Saturday, February 17, 2007

Practice journal, entry one...

Alright. I started yesterday, as planned. The routine takes about two hours, though the last half hour is just playtime. I am starting slowly, and increasing the metronome by 2 increments each day. I am two days in, which means only 28 left to go. This is not a huge commitment, but it is already making a difference. I am fired up, and am going to finish this. So far so good.

Friday, February 16, 2007


I'll revisit my concert posting at a later date, but this is a quick addition:

The Police are playing New Orleans. Oh, happy day!

Alright, what else?

Today starts my new practice routine. I'll be using Pete Sweeney's 30 Day Drum Workout as a guideline. There's a lot of good information in there and it is set up in such a way that as long as I can get the ball rolling, continuing is a no-brainer. So let's see how the next month goes. If I do succeed in practicing every day, it'll be the first time since I was in my teens that I have accomplished that. I was pretty good back then, too.

Three main goals:

1. Stop playing so tight. It's counterproductive, and limits me more the older I get.

2. Get my feet together. Double kick has remained out of my reach for a long time, mainly due to laziness. This will help me move forward. Why did I have to start listening to Dragonforce? Bastards.

3. Establish a practice routine and STAY WITH IT. This is priority one, even if it comes last on my list.

Jimmy Chamberlin said in an interview once that we all decide how good we want to be. I've floated for years on a lot of natural ability, but have not put in the work since I left home ten years ago. That fact, getting older, and the damage I did to myself on my little rubber pad e-kit have all accumulated into a huge mess now. I can play, yes. But I can't play like I did ten years ago without supreme effort. I want to get better, and correct my technique, so that ten years from NOW I will be talking about how far I've come. I can see it.