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Old 09-07-2010, 02:56 PM
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Is Drumming An Addiction and if so how has it affected your life ??

Just thought I'd throw it up as a heading and open discussion to see what answers came back without adding any comment myself which may give a biase or lead in a paticular direction.
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Old 09-07-2010, 03:01 PM
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ive skipped days of work to play drums lol. after 10 years the addiction has only gotten worse ;)
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Old 09-07-2010, 03:06 PM
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It must be, because if I don't play my kit at least once a day I start going through withdrawls and tapping on everything more than usual.
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Old 09-07-2010, 03:19 PM
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Drumming is an obsession, Drummerworld is an addiction....in my particular case.
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Old 09-07-2010, 03:21 PM
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Yes, it can be, and it has to be if you are going to be good. But then again everything is like that... So why bother to think about it like that unless you are NOT progressing and it's affecting your life negatively. I'd call it addiction if you are ONLY doing it for escapistic reasons.
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Old 09-07-2010, 03:36 PM
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If you find yourself neglecting your other responsibilities and relationships, if it interferes with your basic ability to function or otherwise adversely impacts your life in some way then yes, it can be, just like anything else taken to the extreme. The first step is admitting you have a problem, haha!
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Old 09-07-2010, 03:39 PM
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The first step is admitting you have a problem, haha!
Problem - what problem :-)
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Old 09-07-2010, 04:59 PM
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In my case; Yes Drumming's an addiction !
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Old 09-08-2010, 12:32 AM
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Drumming is a way of life.
Buying more drums, is the addiction.
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Old 09-08-2010, 01:07 AM
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i'm starting to think it's an addiction. i started learning just to understand more and further my musical knowledge and the more i play the more i find myself drifting to drums rather then other things. anymore i could careless if i pick up bass again, haven't touched a violin, chello, or viola in years, piano has fallen by the wayside. i'm even finding being less attracted to the guitar and vocals less and less......

has been biting me a lot the past week......


even worse is buying more gear, they need aa or something for that....
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Old 09-08-2010, 02:08 AM
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haha - obsession maybe....

I don't know what it is about drums but they are therapeutic for me.
Sitting behind my kit and getting into the groove...I lose track of time
what feels like 15 minutes to me ends up being a solid hour.
After a decent 30minutes to an hour behind the kit - i feel:
refreshed, calm, relaxed, and slightly euphoric....

I drive home everyday on my lunch hour to bang on the drums and forget to eat lunch....
it's the first thing I do when I get home from work at the end of the day....
There is always a beat going on in my head....

If I don't play drums for a couple days - I do get a little "on edge"
WOW - maybe I am addicted!!!
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I don,t have time to answer this. I,m messing with my drum stuff.
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Old 09-08-2010, 02:56 AM
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*tap tap tap tap tap* i don't have a problem. *tap tap tap tap tap tap* i'm not addicted *tap tap tap* to drumming!
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Old 09-08-2010, 05:04 AM
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sometimes I go thru new drum patterns in my head before I fall asleep.
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Old 09-08-2010, 05:12 AM
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sometimes I go thru new drum patterns in my head before I fall asleep.
I keep a pair of sticks by by bed. When I can's sleep I work on paradiddles on my knee or a pillow.
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Old 09-08-2010, 05:43 AM
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You must sleep alone.
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Old 09-08-2010, 07:07 AM
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Well.... It's 1am. I am still awake looking at a drumming website while uploading a video of me drumming to youtube. I played for about 6 hours today. After playing for that long (it's a few lessons that I put to music, much more fun for me to learn that way) I then edited the audio using reaper for about another 1.5 hours. Fed Ex came today and picked up the drum set that I sold and I shopped for a snare online. I then went on Facebook and asked a friend of mine how much it would cost for him to make me a snare.

To top it off my wife went to bed 3 hours ago and told me to sleep on the couch (not because she's angry...well she is kinda, but because my 2 and 4 year old took my place in the bed while I was still awake).

I don't see any addiction at all....
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Old 09-08-2010, 07:24 AM
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You must sleep alone.
He didn't used to :-)
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Old 09-08-2010, 08:12 AM
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You must sleep alone.
My girlfriend threatened to leave me if I played pataflaflas on her butt while she was sleeping again. It's been emotional.
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Drumming is an obsession, Drummerworld is an addiction....in my particular case.
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Old 09-08-2010, 03:45 PM
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From Dictionary.com...
Addiction---the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit forming to the extent that its cessation causes severe trauma.

Obsession---The domination of one's thoughts or feelings by a persistent idea,image, or desire.
Hmmm...I'd say I'm a little of both actually. I would say my drumming is addictive to me in that I do tend to get cranky at times if I don't get to play some every day. OTOH, I admit to being obsessed with drumming in general as I am constantly looking at other's setups to find the ultimate kit setup that I might haven't thought of that would allow me to play effortlessly and more creatively. Keeping up with all the latest gear and new designs in drums has always been an obsession of mine as I think of the modern drumset as art. Except for n00bs placing toms in bizarre angles, most kits are quite aesthetically pleasing and a well-tuned kit is the backbone of any band. After 30+ years of playing, I'm still looking for that "perfect" kit and that ever elusive snare that I hear in my head. Here's to the endless search for the ultimate setup, and may I never find it! The journey has been a ball!
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definitely an addiction, but not one that you get yelled at for having
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definitely an addiction, but not one that you get yelled at for having
It is when you keep buying stuff without asking your wife for permission! That is why I sell old gear on ebay to keep fueling my addiction for new gear.
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It is when you keep buying stuff without asking your wife for permission!
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Old 09-08-2010, 11:30 PM
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.................or maybe more!

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Old 09-09-2010, 12:12 PM
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Yes it is. I really wanted to quit and i mean REALLY wanted to quit and sell up but the drums just wouldn't let me!
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I get twitchy and irritable when I don't play for a few days. I'm pretty sure those are symptoms of addiction :-)
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