This is huge for me.I saw a thread in the Off Topic lounge about photographing drummers and it got me thinking: One of my biggest regrets is not documenting my decades long drumming efforts.
So many good shows & moments are lost because I failed to record or photograph/film the event.
With technology as easy and advanced as it is now, I have massive plans to fix this issue.
Anyone here have a drumming regret?
This!This is huge for me.
The pinnacle of my playing was in the late 90s, right before the digital camera was a thing, when video cameras were expensive, and recording to 2" tape was still a thing. So most of my best playing, best songs and best gigs, etc, were never recorded.
Unlike now where every little thing can be easily documented, back then it was very expensive to record. Even taking photos meant you had to buy film, you were limited to 24 photos, and then you had to pay to them developed and printed to see if any of them turned out ok.
And yet, just a few years after that, everyone has a camera on their phone and youtube to put videos on!
I did Rob Brown's "Year of the Hands" during the pandemic shutdown and it was a game changer. Hard to believe that one lesson could help so much.I could have been a bit more open minded on grip positions early on, I was always a french/american match grip player which is great for finger development but it was later I realized having a wider palette on grip positions can have, so better late than never to work on more german grip positions. My hands have changed since I was younger so it may have a physical barrier. I should have taken a lesson with Joe Morello and/or Ed Shaughnessy when they were alive and actively teaching as well, bet it would have been a great experience.
Maybe you could look up some of his former students
That's a possibility...do you remember the sand in the hour glass on the Wizard of Oz?...thats what I'm looking at. So my one word is HURRY!.Maybe you could look up some of his former students?
It sounds like well meaning advice from your parents- they didn't want you to get behind on your studies. But in the grand scheme of things it sounds like everything worked out for you in regards to your career.
I'm thankful that I at least got four years of marching band in high school, but I too wish I had done drum corps and the drum line at UNT. My drum teacher in high school was very opposed to marching band/corps and I shouldn't have let him persuade me . There so many teaching opportunities here in Texas for marching percussion specialists and some very talented drum set artist have a strong background in marching band/drum corps..
I do enjoy teaching high school Spanish though, and at least my weekends are not filled up with football games, parades and field shows, and I'm home everyday before 4pm, so I can't complain too much.
Only thing I can think of is not using hearing protection when I was younger.