What are your drumming goals for this year?

keep it simple

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Wow. I can no longer post here guys. You know me too well. And not in a good way. I will update my gear thread for those interested. There is so much more to vome. Perhaps 60 snares at least. Any questions can be directed via PM. I will respond.
To beginners, beware of charlatans who profess to be knowledgeable on drumming but cannot spell padabiddle.

My tthanks to Bernard, ever the gentleman, dogbreath (I still think of your brother) and KIS, who has my email.

Cheerio and happy drumming. :)

And Swis Matthias. Lovely human.
Then delete your posts in this thread (I'll delete mine), & carry on posting here for the benefit of many. Just because you've let a bit more about you out there than you think advisable, doesn't mean you have to retract into your cave. Most here know more about me & how I feel than some members of my family. So what!
 
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wy yung

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Wow. I can no longer post here guys. You know me too well. And not in a good way. I will update my gear thread for those interested. There is so much more to vome. Perhaps 60 snares at least. Any questions can be directed via PM. I will respond.
To beginners, beware of charlatans who profess to be knowledgeable on drumming but cannot spell padabiddle.

My tthanks to Bernard, ever the gentleman, dogbreath (I still think of your brother) and KIS, who has my email.

Cheerio and happy drumming. :)

And Swis Matthias. Lovely human.
 
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wy yung

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Shit, this thread is not about me.

KIS. Your wonderful personality and emphatic nature allways shines through and I respect you greatly.

Me? I do my best. But I am not alone. Many people have troubles. Was I sexually assaulted while working on a farm and had to walk 80 miles to a bus stop? , aged 11 Yes. But I have met many others who were treated worse. Ask any Catholic alter boy.

That is unfair.

For the record, I have had two book offers and a screenplay. I turned them all down. Here at DW, this is all I am prepared to give.

Now lets get back to drum practice!
 
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wy yung

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I read your next post and appreciate it. I have as my goal, the happiness of my students. I love them. I love people. They can be terrible. Despots, users, you name it. But also there is that incredible child who after having eye surgery, playing drums is his solace.

I never married. Have had three steady girlfriends. Have given up relationships as a bad idea. I love my practice pad. It may seem sad to some, but I love my pads. I love the feel in my hands as the sticks bounce. Such a wonderful thing. And still today I hear people deride the pad and the book Stick control. For myself, Stick control has proved a wonderful solace and friend. My pad is my lover. In this small world I exist. But it benefits my students that I know this.

And next thursday I see Ringo. I have no ex wife to support. A lovely drum collection.

Ha ha, envious, suckers????!!! ;-)
 

Mukund

Senior Member
My goals for this year are -

1)Trying to achieve 4 way coordination as much as i can .
2)Work on rudiments,speed,accuracy and clean playing.
3)A lot of stick tricks.
4)Mastering foot technique.
 

keep it simple

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KIS, mate as I get older I wonder about things. My mother tried to strangle me. I would be dead had I not fought her off. I then worked for my keep for people in the Australian outback. There was an article in a Sydney newspaper about sex slaves, and as I read it, I recognised it. As a child I worked as a slave for a number of people. I was beaten, ignored and cast aside. From that I became a professional musician in the 80's. That lasted until I broke my back in the 90's. I then crawled my way back and became a professional drummer again in the 2000s. I kind of think I did ok. Whqt do you think?
A bit more than ok!!!!!!! As a child brought up in an orphanage in his early years, & as someone who's faced life threatening health issues, I have a miniscule appreciation of your journey, but there's no way I've endured anything like the hardship you've faced. Personally, I think your journey is nothing short of legendary. Someone should do a book/film - seriously.
 
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wy yung

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KIS, mate as I get older I wonder about things. My mother tried to strangle me. I would be dead had I not fought her off. I then worked for my keep for people in the Australian outback. There was an article in a Sydney newspaper about sex slaves, and as I read it, I recognised it. As a child I worked as a slave for a number of people. I was beaten, ignored and cast aside. From that I became a professional musician in the 80's. That lasted until I broke my back in the 90's. I then crawled my way back and became a professional drummer again in the 2000s. I kind of think I did ok. Whqt do you think?
 

keep it simple

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Insecurity is just a word. You need to understand where I came from.
I know your background well, & posted with that in mind. That said, my comment was more generally directed. The fact that you're happy in your shell is huge. Many so called "successful" players can't truthfully say that.
 
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wy yung

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Insecurity is just a word. You need to understand where I came from. I had no formal education or parental guidance Not even an authority figure, like the head of an orphanage. I raised myself out in the bush working as a hunter, fisherman and jackaroo. Always looking longingly at a scholastic education. I litterally viwewed that life as superior. Personal worth did not come into it.
Naturally I felt I had missed out. Not being arrogant as a boy, it felt right that I was breaking down that house with a crowbar.

Then later, as a young martial artist, I learned that the elders knew better and were worthy of respect. This idea became an obvious sham later. But by now years had passed. And anyway, I saw no defect in recognising ability in others. Recognising ability in myself seemed, I do not know, conceited? Who am I, after all? I have no hit records to my names. My paradiddle is fine though. But we do not get hired for our paradiddles.

I hate hearing myself played back anyway. Earl Palmer is a better listen. :)
 

keep it simple

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Yeah mate. In my mind I have never been good enough to deserve it.
& isn't it a shame that insecurity in decisions holds us back more than just about any other aspect of our "being a drummer" :(

Although studying the greats is pushed as a prerequisite for true advancement, I'm convinced it can equally establish a barrier that prevents true progression. Sometimes, blissful ignorance spawns success.
 
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wy yung

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Yeah mate. In my mind I have never been good enough to deserve it.

So strange, recently I checked out an old hero only to find I can understand completely totay what I worshipped as a young man. I could matc him note for note? Wow! So amazed.

To be honest, I prefer that ignorance because it had a sense of wonder. Understanding is great, but it removes the mystery. I enjoyed that mystery. Knowledge has become "functional". Perhaps not using it creatively is what hinders me? I do not know. Whatever the case, I love music and drumming and I feel happy and secure. I have the respect of drummers I admire. That is enough for this very little person on the sidelines. :)
 

keep it simple

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Through this I even now get a mention over at Paiste via a pro student. I could never get that recognition by myself.
I strongly suspect that's an internal decision you made a long time ago, rather than an inevitability based on any peer measure :)
 
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wy yung

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Wow, that is just all kinds of cool. Sounds like a very moving experience.


Yeah, it was astounding. And it just happened. I usually point to the notes. But what took place was this; using colored markers, the boy colored in the hi hat snare and kick. He then simply sat down and played all the notes he had colored in. He did not make a single mistake. He got to the end of the page and I looked at his amazed father...

Kind of special doesn't really capture the emotion.

I have professionals who are students. I have tiny beginners yet to attend kindergarden. I just want to share the wonders of drumming and music with people. I love music so deeply. I love drums and percussion and those who play it. I am in love with the joy I see in the eyes of a student who finally gets it. I wait with baited breath as I see the goal achieved, the exercise mastered. I am litterally on the edge of my seat, and I applaud with happiness when the student makes it. I was never to be a famous drummer, I was always there to help others. Through this I even now get a mention over at Paiste via a pro student. I could never get that recognition by myself.

As I said, I am happy. I even learned that book I bought yesterday. Not a hard book. Just interesting.

Oh and by the way, pick up a copy of the Chris Botti in Boston DVD. Billy Kilson on drums. But what is more is the respect and love of music that shines through. And Yo Yo Ma. Wow, Yo Yo Ma!!!
 
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wy yung

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My goals? I want to expand my career. I want to be a better teacher. I keep learning everyday. My youngest student is three (he read a complete page today) and my eldest is seventy two.
I care about my students. I have them as my priority. Gigging is not as attractive. Where I live, one kind of music is available to play. And I am over it. I have taken to finding drummers for bands who asked me to join. I need to charge a fee!
I bought yet another book today. I wish to complete it.

I want a new kit. I want a high end Sonor. I could probably get an endorsement, but I don't want to play one manufacturer.


I plan to learn gamelan music. The teacher I want just moved to London!!!

My open handed playing is now my main thing, and I am told my swing with the left hand sounds just like the right.

Basically I want to keep doing what I have been doing. I am a professional drummer. That was always my goal. Yay, I am there. Not that exciting really, until a three year old reads a page of music and his father nearly cries. Kind of special.

My life is great. My health not so much. But that is fine. One takes the good with the bad. :)
 

Kelly!

Senior Member
That is my goal as well. :)

Actually, I'd be very happy doing exactly what I've been doing: playing full time, making a nice living, and still enjoying it all.

Bermuda
Lol living the dream huh bermuda!? We're all jealous no doubt! My $75 last weekend surely can't compare to your last summer! You're awesome :) thank you all for giving me something to live up to!! Much respect to you all!
 

spleeeeen

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1. Continue my goal of recording at least one transcribed solo from each one of my hero's. I'll never sound nor play like them and no one knows that fact better more than me. I'll just continue to enjoy the experience.
I think this is great, just fantastic. If we think of those solos as stories, expressions of life and living at certain places in time, taking the time to transcribe and perform them is a really beautiful endeavor.

And, I dig the Blackwell quote as well.
 
To be able to play my new stand-up cocktail kit for more than 15 minutes without getting tired of putting all my weight on one foot :)
 

dmacc

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My goal is two-fold...

1. Continue my goal of recording at least one transcribed solo from each one of my hero's. I'll never sound nor play like them and no one knows that fact better more than me. I'll just continue to enjoy the experience.

2. Live by this motto. Just substitute the word "swinging" for your own genre and the motto still applies...

"Knowing where you are in the music at all times, and generating a swinging time feel, is what it’s all about. Do not imagine that you have come the change the course of music and that your time is beyond question. Continually investigate your time and feeling. The polishing of the time should be like that of the polishing of the heart – to a state of purity. The endeavor is an endless one."

Jim Blackley
Syncopated Rolls for the Modern Drummer
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