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Old 01-26-2018, 02:20 PM
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Hey guys!

I wonder how many of you actually make a plan to work on every year as drummers?

I started doing this last year with my burnout, as I had to "re-plan" my whole life, it was very useful to do some kind of list like that.
So I started doing that for drums too, as I didn't know what to work on first and next.
At the end of last year, being still a bit sick from it, I was surprised I actually reached all the goals that I planned for that year (4/4). It makes me feel a bit more comfortable too, as I know the exact road I'm going for...
Also, to make sure I stick to them I pretty much publish them everywhere I can.
So here we go, this is my list:



- Complete my drumkit:
was scheduled for February but I'm getting delayed by some last minute changes, so it will probably be April/May this year)

- Complete module 1 and module 2 of my weaknesses (this is a list of everything I dislike of my drumming in the road of becoming a professional drummer)

- Finish studio work, record (audio and video), publish it

- Grow my small music business: I actually have an outline with goals on this but I won't publish this exact thing, so... that's why. I also do this only part-time as a "hobby" really... (we all know the music industry)

- Reach 1000 subs: Yea I know... "subs". But I'm really enjoying doing this videos... I don't plan to have 1 million followers but the idea to inspire, share and help, is what drives it on...


For those that don't want to read, as I vlog, I made a specific video about it (I also explain a bit more in detail):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtLPIf7KS2o

Now is your turn, what are your drum/music related goals for this year?
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Old 01-26-2018, 03:19 PM
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Default Re: Your plans for 2018 with drums?

To only play music that I love, and to enjoy every rehearsal and gig. To simplify what I do and play, because as a clever person once said " Perfection is not when there is nothing left to add, its when there is nothing that needs taking away".
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Old 01-26-2018, 04:25 PM
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Default Re: Your plans for 2018 with drums?

Keep sharpening my time. I want to be one of these guys that can clap any tempo from memory. Which seems impossible to me now. But some people can do it. I want to be one of those people.

Time is everything. I just recorded my son's band. No click. I could not listen to it, the time was really lagging. Completely unusable.
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Old 01-26-2018, 04:45 PM
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Get as many gigs as possible. I like playing live, even on small occasions. It worries me when my band lingers too long in rehearsal and doesn't get opportunities.
Good concerts reboosts the band.
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Old 01-26-2018, 05:09 PM
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To only play music that I love, and to enjoy every rehearsal and gig.
This is me right here. +1 all the way!

I want to play gigs with the band and meet cool people, and do my best to enjoy every show and rehearsal. I used to focus so hard on the next big gig or the possibility of "who might be there" back when I was younger. These days, I just try to enjoy ANY time I get to spend with my band mates.
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Old 01-26-2018, 05:15 PM
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Default Re: Your plans for 2018 with drums?

  1. Write more music.
  2. Play better to that music.
  3. Play less busy.
  4. Improve my funk.
  5. Improve my audio engineering and mixing skills.
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Old 01-26-2018, 05:29 PM
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Get back in the saddle in every way, get my routine back, finish my drum book or at least start writing agin, continue the heavy left handed drumming and left hand lead thing, give my BD foot more work now as my achilles tendonitis is almost gone, get back in shape, get back into school starting, although a bit late, a new career as a performer on this new instrument, and win my court case so I can get my life back and buy all the drum stuff I want.
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Old 01-26-2018, 05:33 PM
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Be better than last year.
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Old 01-26-2018, 05:58 PM
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Default Re: Your plans for 2018 with drums?

More paying gigs than last year :-)

Drumwise -
Just finished my cocktail kit, so all sorted for drum stuff............................well a "Zendrum Stompblock"....finished...!!

Work on the many other percussion instruments I own that I should practice more - Doumbek, Pandeiro, Gospel Tambourine, Bodhran.

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Old 01-26-2018, 06:30 PM
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To carry on touring the World :)
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Old 01-26-2018, 06:55 PM
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Default Re: Your plans for 2018 with drums?

Well, my immediate goal in 2018 is to do well at this jazz gig in two weeks - a big step away from my comfort zone, and hopefully the beginning of something regular.

A lot of 2018 will be devoted to getting back in shape, improving my overall health, and maintaining a good work/life balance - something that has eluded me the past few years.

Drumming-wise, I'm looking at getting back in the studio with one of my bands and (finally) completing the record we're working on, and also having a lot of fun this summer with my covers band. We've been busy securing bookings; we've booked the winery with the awesome view again, and this time we're bringing along a pair of horn players with whom we did a benefit last month. It was as if we'd been playing together for years - it should be a great time.
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Old 01-26-2018, 06:58 PM
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Default Re: Your plans for 2018 with drums?

Coming up with a plan is good!

I have no real musical plans as of yet. Still thinking.
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Old 01-26-2018, 07:02 PM
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1) Work a bit on Stick Control. Something I've never done in 27+ years of drumming.

2) Learn to record drums properly.

3) Play some jazz.
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Old 01-26-2018, 07:02 PM
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Maintain my current level of playing (I am 61 years old). Play more gigs. Peace and goodwill.
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Old 01-26-2018, 07:04 PM
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Default Re: Your plans for 2018 with drums?

Work on fundamentals: rudiments, especially singles and doubles. Finger/hand technique, weak hand, get comfortable using 32nds around the kit at fast tempos. Also, get consistent with bass drum speed instead of having good and bad days.

Don't need any equipment for this except maybe a new throne. Oh yeah - work on posture (stop slouching).
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Old 01-26-2018, 08:57 PM
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Get more gigs, record an album, think about booking a tour, get more students, keep writing my blog, put out more e-books.
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Old 01-26-2018, 10:50 PM
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Default Re: Your plans for 2018 with drums?

Get more gigs!

In the past I've had big plans to update and upgrade my kit each year. I've kinda tabled that, and even tho I'll always look at used gear deals, I don't have any upgrade planned. My gear isn't top shelf, but it works and I like how it sounds. (OK, maybe change out some stands for lighter versions, but that's a maybe sort of thing...)

I'd like to get my life organized better so that I could try and do some online lessons and such. Perhaps....
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Old 01-28-2018, 09:26 PM
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Default Re: Your plans for 2018 with drums?

I'll answer to everyone in this post:

This is awesome!! It's so great to not be alone on such things... I love this forum for exactly these reasons. We can share our struggles and what we work on, etc.

I'm looking forward seeing your achievements :D Tomorrow is my second drum lesson following my "modules" goals, I'm working on my left foot independence like crazy and also on the metronome, want to take that sucker to the next level.

keep on rocking and wish you the best this year!!
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Old 01-28-2018, 09:47 PM
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I am now working at home full time, and able to make my own schedule. I have others come over to my home to practice and I can work around others schedule easily.

I bought a Mixer (Yamaha MG16XU) that works well with my power amp (Crown XLS 2000) and speakers and Ashly equalizers. I got the PA system so I could invite others to come over and play.

I have started doing a lot more singing and picked up the harmonica again. I used to play the harmonica a lot many years ago, but was never able to play drums and harmonica at the same time easily before. In the past whenever I would put a microphone to the harmonica, I would get too much feed back or it was just too uncomfortable to do.

Now, because of a decent PA, I am able to get the volume above the drums. Also I purchased a harparm:
https://www.harparm.com/ultimate

This is a nice little boom extension that holds the harmonica magnetically under a microphone very steady. I used to have the older style Bob Dylan-like harmonica stand that you wear around your neck. That older style holder just never seemed to work well for me. I would rather sing using a head set microphone, but I can do it with the boom stand.

Overall my plans for 2018 with drums, is to sing and play the harp more while drumming.
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Old 01-28-2018, 10:31 PM
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My plan is not to buy any more and just enjoy the stuff that I have. I have enough stuff, but there's never enough snare drums and cymbals. :)
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Old 01-28-2018, 10:52 PM
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Sell: LB-417 and DTX-532.
Buy: Next round of sticks.
Recording: Lay down 1 track a week.
Education: Really/Seriously fix shuffles.


And that's about it.
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Old 01-28-2018, 11:40 PM
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1/ Contribute positively to my cover band's transition into original material.
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Old 01-29-2018, 06:47 AM
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More live gigs. With both bands having releases this year it's a must.

Try and practice 1 to 2 hours a day.

Hit 1,000,000 views on YouTube. (pointless goal but kindof fun to acheive)
Make more content for YouTube.

Try and get better every day.

Become more musical and tasteful with my playing.
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Old 01-29-2018, 06:52 AM
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Gig at least once per month is my New Year's resolution.

I missed out on January (too soon too book a gig anyway) but I am playing an 8 night musical in February that will make up for it. I'm also in 4 bands right now so just from that I should be playing once a month starting in March with one of those guys.
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Old 01-29-2018, 11:49 PM
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Music-wise. Crack on and continue to create new sounds as a band, arrange a short tour, record the next EP.

Drums alone. Practice more and continue to challenge myself by learning new things.
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Old 01-30-2018, 12:21 AM
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Keep the gigging to about 50-60 times this year.

Play more of those with cajon and percussion, if possible.

Avoid the temptation to buy more gear.

Avoid the temptation to buy more lighting gear. <Defacto light guy

Nest away my earnings instead of investing in gear. See above.

Overhaul the set list and add 20-30 new tunes (total playable with this band: 100+/-)

Contribute more to bookings

Edit: will be working more on my left foot and using 3 pedals with it.
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Old 01-30-2018, 03:03 PM
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I'm enjoying a couple of months off gigging at the moment. I was pretty much non-stop from February - November in 2017 Then back on it for xmas and NYE. Whilst the money is nice I'm enjoying some down time and playing for fun.

As soon as March comes a long I'm back into it. My main goal was to gig as light as possible. That Pearl Midtown is the best £350 I've spent in a time.

Gear wise I'll upgrade my other crash to the Amedia Vintage series. The 20" I got last year is the best cymbal I have ever brought.
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Just educate myself on technique and being more relaxed. I was always a stiff hand buy...holding my sticks like they were going to fly out.
Saw an instructional video of how to remedy this and it made a world of difference. So much that I wrote "Loose hands" on my snare head. Keeps me focused.

Next is rudiment exercises and just to get my single stroke rolls smooth and fast. Doubles and paradiddles will round out the field there and that's really all I need.

Foot work is always a constant deal. I have some good exercises I do for them and will keep up the fire.
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Old 01-30-2018, 08:17 PM
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To become rich, famous, or dead.
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Old 01-30-2018, 10:37 PM
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1. Keep taking lessons, my instructor is a great guy and player, and has the right attitude about professionalism and character, being a stand-up guy in the field and maintaining positive professional relationships

2. Learn how to "market" myself more, i.e. business cards, networking, etc. Get my "hustle" on

3. Continue being a student of all things music industry, swallow ego and pride, keep my eyes and ears open and my mouth shut and just learn from my mentors and the more seasoned cats that hire me

4. Take lots of pics of the Southwest US when I'm on tour in May-June.

5. Find the guts to leave the 9-5 and be a full-time musician
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Old 01-30-2018, 11:12 PM
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Just educate myself on technique and being more relaxed. I was always a stiff hand buy...holding my sticks like they were going to fly out.
Saw an instructional video of how to remedy this and it made a world of difference. So much that I wrote "Loose hands" on my snare head. Keeps me focused.
Just curious, what video is that?
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Old 01-30-2018, 11:14 PM
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To carry on touring the World :)
And give Watso a heads-up when coming through California's Bay Area. You forgot that part.
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