Good stuff, Larry!John Lennon said (paraphrasing) Artists have to breathe out (composing, playing) and breathe in (sit back and observe, absorb what's currently happening). Don't ever beat yourself up for not practicing drums. If you don't feel like practicing, just don't. Do something that inspires you. When you WANT to play the drums next time....that's when you need to play. It's all really OK.
Feeling guilty and beating yourself up is bad for you. Just sidestep all those counter-productive thoughts and give yourself permission to feel good about not being in the mood to play. Inspiration often comes far away from the drums. You are the Master and the drums are the slave. You can treat them however you please. They will never complain, they will never get mad, and they will always be there at your beck and call.
And hey, if you don't feel like becking or calling...maybe you just need to take some time to breathe in.
It sounds like you need minions. I have them. And consequently, they're all teen-age girlsWith others... I'm in a pretty serious band... I think that's part of what contributes to me going through these weird funks... I love my band a ton... We only practice once a week on Sunday, but our practice studio is an hour and a half away, and I get pretty tired of Sunday's seemingly constant cycle of "tear down, set up, tear down"... And when I get home from school on Monday I'm usually to lazy or tired to set up my kit AGAIN so I just don't play lol....
I probably sound like a really whiny little teen drummer who gets tired quickly of lugging around drums... Lol... I promise that's not the case, I just get lazy on days after 6+ hours of drive 1.5 hours, set up, play, tear down, drive again, and load back into my garage...
Maybe I just have to grow up and accept the fact that this is probably what the life of a lot of you professional players looks like x)
Or buy another kit to keep set up in my garage at all times... Haha
This. Or less. I know a few folks who show up with a snare, kick, one tom, hat and one or two cymbals. The gig has to be worth it for them to bring a 4 piece or larger kit. Same with rehearsals. If you can't have a second kit to leave at the rehearsal place (and assuming you can trust leaving it there, then take the minimum necessary to play the song. And I don't mean copping every extended fill in a prog rock song, but enough to play the beat and do some fills as required. Some of these folks I refer to say that they are trying to learn to be more creative and less drums forces them to do that. I think that they just don't like hauling a full kit in for a $50 gig when it's not absolutely necessary. These are journeymen players doing 5-8gigs a week (lots of double headers on weekends). They quickly learn what is needed and what is extraneous.Maybe you need more stuff
Buy a new cymbal or something. I feel like getting new gear always gets me pumped to play.I love drumming.
Like absolutely love it.
But at times I go through these weird phases where I don't really feel like practicing, playing, or putting in any work to make myself a better player...
Do you guys ever experience these strange drumming durations of limbo?...
If so, do any of you have any tips on how to snap out of a weird phase like this and renews drive to work hard?..