Year: 2013

Fixing My To-Do List By Getting Rid Of Resistance

Some days the blog comes easily, other days it comes slowly. The thing I’m learning to do is keep at it and not turn it into a problem. The moment I turn anything into a problem (which is a form

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Drumming: Cure For Pain

Well actually, not just drumming, all kinds of things can cure what it is that ails ya. I was talking with some folks about finding your passion, your purpose or that thing that you were put here on earth to

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Nervous Moments In Real Life…

…as opposed to me writing about it in the abstract 😉 I’ve talked about handling nervousness in a previous post, and I recently had a number of chances to walk the talk on that issue. It seems like this past

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My #1 Fear (As A Musician)

I talk to my students a lot about mastering their mistakes–not getting rid of them per se, but mastering them. And one of the big ideas behind that is that you never totally get rid of your mistakes as you progress

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A moment of thanks…

We all think about what we’re thankful for this time of year. For me, much of it is about family and friends–no different than most of y’all. The other thing I’m thankful for is that fact that I’m doing what

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The Importance Of Just Showing Up

I went to see a legendary drummer this weekend (Steve Gadd…fabulous as always), and I was reminded how important it is to get out and see musicians. Listening to recordings and watching youtube is nice, but there’s that extra amount

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The Power of Changing Your Thought Process

When I was younger I used to be what people call a ‘busy’ player. This means that I played too many notes, or the notes I was playing were inappropriate for the tune. But, I had an epiphany while playing

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Being nervous can be good…

…in most (but not all) situations. Whenever I have an ensemble of musicians about to do their first performance in front of people, they get my little speech about being nervous. It goes like this: “Nervous is OK–it’s good. It means

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Painful Authenticity…

This was inspired by a Scott Dinsmore quote: “Be honestly and unapologetically you. Because you being uniquely you will allow the people you interact with to feel comfortable being uniquely them – perhaps for the first time in their lives. There

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My favorite part of performing…

…is recording. I was reminded of this while driving with my daughter, listening to the iPod on shuffle, and a tune I had recorded came up…but I didn’t recognize it was me. I love recording because of the creative process

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