3 Big Progress Killers! ⚠️- That Will Hold You Back

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34 comentarios en “3 Big Progress Killers! ⚠️- That Will Hold You Back

  1. Ed McKinney

    Take the time to learn proper hand/ finger technique. I’ve played professionally for decades and just muscled through most popular styles without ever using my fingers and hands. I stayed working but, played everything in a single stroke and reached a plateau very early in my career. Now I’m 65 and basically starting over with my hand technique.

  2. David Kirkpatrick

    Just started using a click track after 40+ years of playing and becoming a master percussionist in my 20's. This cat right here has the Best instructional videos out there, and they're free! Thank you Rob! I can't say enough

  3. QTDrummer

    I've been a victim to all of these and yes, it's set back my growth tremendously. I have to constantly remind myself to stop comparing, and to focus on what it is that I do as a drummer. Thank you for these great pointers and reminders, Rob, I know for myself, they're needed often.

  4. Adam

    I just had a very similar '#3 moment' last night. It was my first time back on a full kit after putting in tons of pad time over a year of lockdown (including playing along to a bunch of your videos many many times, thanks man!). It felt like I'd knocked down a barrier between my brain and my hands that I never even knew about.

  5. chris byrd

    My biggest progress killer on drums specifically is always wanting to revert to my familiar grooves. Luckily, I found a good teacher and he has forced me to work on techniques so I don't just groove all day. Going through the Groove Essentials book with him now and keep uncovering those coordination barriers that I'm working on breaking through.

    P.S. thanks for the reminder to get back to the pad. My hands are missing that quality pad time. One exciting thing is that my almost 14 year old daughter has suddenly found an interest in drumming. Thank the Lord for that!

  6. gehrke111

    Excellent video ! The first point really hit home with me, it's something I realized some time ago, but a little too late. You'll eventually develop your own style, even if you're not trying to. Also the practice pad … Something to add, in my experience, that can hold you back : refusing to accept that it takes a certain amount of time to progress, wanting to get good too quickly, with a minimum of time and effort. With sufficient time put in, there's usually a moment when things start to click, and you just have to wait for it.

  7. Ron Guy

    I’ve been drumming for years, over 50. I’m ok with but just appreciated the punch in the throat. I have listened to music and try to duplicate it without good technic. I did the same on bass. It worked but a lot of bad habits. Couldn’t afford instructions and there was no YouTube when I was a kid. I have never dealt with rudiments or a practice pad. At 60, I’m going back to the basics. Thanks Sir Rob for the Beatdown. Much love.

  8. Peter's hobby channel

    Thanks Rob. This is my "not drumming career". Started being 13 rudiments only. Not understanding why, well the understanding was you need a base. But at 13 that was boring enough. I wanted to play music, but did not understand how, what to look for. I had the feel but not the skills. On and off I did some stuff but my business career took too much (was my thinking). I missed a couple of musical opportunities but got other things in return. After the business career was done I was overwhelmed by the feeling that I missed out from a lot! So here I am at 73, playing in a 6 piece jazzband, in a sixties band (doing 12 -15 gigs a year) and started a Stax coverband (the whole 9 yards: horns, 3 singers, bass, guitar,, keyboard and "me") in 2014 (which by the way I left after 4 years, because of personal issues – typical for some bands). This is how I got there: At 63 I lined myself up with a teacher. My skills were limited or all gone. His first question: what is your favourite music: answer sixties soul, Queen, Beatles. I could read music. So we did that for 3-4 years. Then I discovered that my rudiments and left hand were very weak. So now my practise time is like 80% skill set development (being not 20 it takes longer to develop independency and other skills) and 20% music (play along). I am doing that now for some time with guidance of Miguel Gutierrez over Face Time (Miguel was my teacher in 1985 when I lived in Detroit) and Rob Brown's motivating YouTube sessions. I cannot go back and redo my life, but what I should have done take a pad and sticks on business trips and practise. The idea NO TIME was ridiculous. Could have should have. And bottom line: Understand why basics are important to you, have a teacher who make you aware and continues to motivate to work on the rudiments and listen to music and hear what drummers are doing. And for adults out there: what ever you do if you are interested in music do something. Music will for sure be with you for the rest of your live where other things might disappear. Never stop the music! Working on my skills is rewarding and frustrating, but as long as the rewards are winning I will continue forever and when I am to frustrated my teacher will pick me up and put me back on the throne. Advise: work the rudiments while understanding why. Peter, The Netherlands

  9. Lee Matcheswala

    Rob, I wish someone had talked to me about point 1 40 years ago. I had the opportunity to learn from one of the UK’s foremost jazz drummer as a schoolkid but the moment he started showing me why rudiments were important I fell into that trap of thinking I will never get that good. As a result I gave up at the time of my life when I would’ve made the most progress.

  10. Randy Severino

    Thanks Rob, #3 is huge, My dad who was a pro Jazz drummer did most of his practice in the kitchen with a metronome on a pad. As Aa kid I have many memories of him practicing everyday on the pad. But like Rob, I neglected the pad, Until one day I started bringing it to Work and would do 20 min a day in the back seat of the car to different rudiment routines. Game Changer. I becomes almost like meditation.

  11. james spafford

    I have to say these are some of the best tips I’ve seen. I completely agree, especially about comparing yourself to others!!! It has taken years for me to pick up some things others have seemingly picked up in months by others!!! What I have to realize, not everyone is cut out for metal style blasts on the kicks!!! Ringo Star gets paid MILLIONS for simple groove work!!!

  12. Drummer Joey

    We are all different and unique. We all have our own unique style of playing drums or any instrument. I definitely needed this, I tend to try to be like everyone else. I’m trying to try new styles of music.

  13. Eduardo Rocha

    Been stopped for a while now and your videos are part of my come back. Your a good drummer and a good teacher! Thanks 🙏 ✌🏽 the pad talk is so true 🥁🔝💪 super Chanel. Just mashed it!

  14. lucas bellrichard

    Great tips all of them. I played to favorite records for years, then played in every band I could. I tried to play with the best musicians that I could including other drummers. It's a lifelong journey that never ends, always stuff to learn. Stay inspired always

  15. Bill Bacon

    Very powerful video and well laid out.. This is a mini-bible of lived experience which is priceless information for all of us.. and it is worthy of repetition from day one until the last stick drops.. Thank you Rob


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