What would you change. Starting earlier?..moving to large city?. Is it to late?. I wanted to study with Stanley Spector which is to late. I would have purchased sonor phonics when they were in production. I would have learned to read at a young age.
I would have gone through an institution, rather than doing all of my music education privately. Now, as a 35 y/o professional who focuses on compositions and educational media, trying to break into them from the outside is like infiltrating a bank.
As an old traditional grip only guy , I wish I had learned to play matched grip and open handed. Floor toms and left side cymbals would be so much easier to reach with the left hand, and no more of this crossover crap with the hats/ snare.
I would have started earlier, but my parents wouldn't let me haha.
1) Never should have sold my Pearl Export
2) Take more lessons and delve into other musical styles
3) Learn to read and play along to sheet music (i have basic understanding of sheet music, but i can't read and play at the same time)
4) Open handed playing
5) Should have bought that Turkish Cymbals 16" Studio Crash that sounded heavenly even though it didn't match with me other crashes
I should have pushed my way through sight reading. I always had a mental block with it. It made playing in Big Bands a chore instead of a joy.
I should never have retired at 27. Then again at 41. I should have never given up in the first place. I have about 300 regrets, Too many to list here.
I would have studied with a legit Gladstone or Morello student to learn hand technique. I would also have taken drum set a lot more seriously, a lot sooner, instead of just treating it like concert percussion’s trashier cousin.