When I was 10
- Listen to your Dad and Uncle who has been in the business for over 40 years. They know a bunch about other musicians and the music business.
- You’re not wrong for taking lessons. The teacher you have at 16 will be the most important “formal” teacher you will ever have on the instrument.
- There’s no end point for learning music. We are all students no matter what. Don’t rush things.
- No matter how much you love this and how hard you work at it, you are NOT that good nor are you willing to do this for a living.
- Don’t second guess the gigs you take. Just keep taking them.
- Keep studying piano and music theory.
- It’s OK to hate playing orchestral percussion.
- Eventually this thing called the internet will become available. You’ll read all kinds of things from other drummers. Participate when you want, but ignore some of it. Like your Dad and Uncle said, people claim to be way better than they are.
- Don’t second guess yourself for changing your life to make the instrument a hobby.
- Take all the gigs you continue to get.
- ASK for and GET the videos of the gigs you played with legendary guitarists such as Chet Atkins and Charlie Byrd.
- Embrace the suck.
- Don’t wait until your 50 to explore other instruments outside of drumming.
- Keep drums and drumming alive but only as one facet of your musical life.