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Don’t play bored! 3

Oh, ok, so now we’re ready to listen. Good! Sit down. Alrighty then. Same groove, same bass drum. Now. Try to make that bass drum blend. Yes: blend. Put it at the correct spot and the correct volume. Got it! Now play just that. Doesn’t it feel good? Look at the
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Don’t play bored! 2

I’ll try to help you. Let’s take a groove. A simple groove. No. Not a groove on the drums. You don’t get to play yet. Let’s put that groove on the bass. Or the guitar, or the piano. It’s a groove. A repetitive rhythmic pattern that loops. Ok. Now
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Don’t play bored! 1

Here comes this player. He’s a guy. It’s always a man. The male hormone. It’s strong. It’s unstoppable. And there he goes. He sits down at the kit. He grabs the sticks. Give him a few notes of bass or guitar or whatever and he’s going to throw the
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A new kind of practice

We are busy. From the moment we wake up to bed, we don’t stop. And it is great. It’s exciting. But we want to study an instrument. That activity, the saying goes, requires to practice. And by practice, we mean sitting down at the instrument and start playing it.
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A new kind of practice 2

Other ways of practicing. Use your head. Yes, use your head. You can practice in your head. It goes like this. Right this way, follow me. Watch your step. You can be in your car. On a train to work. On a boat to work. On a lounge chair. In a doctor’s waiting room. My point
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Over practice

Practice is usually defined by picking up your drum sticks and hitting something with it, or playing the keys of your piano. For this blog, that’s what practice will be. I see sometimes some beginners, some hungry beginners, I should say. They have decided to play music
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Preparation 2

I talk to musicians. I have a conversation with them. They can chose the subject themselves. It doesn’t really matter. I’m often here to let them know that someone out there understand what they are going through. That someone listens. It’s usually enough to
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Preparation 1

Being a musician is a strange proposition. We are asked to practice. Meaning we have to spend a ton of time alone slaving over scales and rudiments. Then we are asked to go get a job. That part requires to have social skills and interact with the world. We have prepared for the
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