As with many careers,
the pursuer usually spends much of his/her time figuring out the logistics
within their craft and often forgets all about his head or his heart.
Without a fundamental knowledge and understanding of basic life principles
and wisdom, you will no doubt find yourself lost somewhere along the
way without a sense of purpose or meaning in life.
You may find yourself engaged in a long uphill battle that could otherwise
be prevented by simply practicing a few
Life Lessons. Please read with an open mind. These
words have been life-changing for many a successful person.
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Remember that old boy scout motto? Well it holds
true outside of the scouts too.
You must prepare yourself for anything that
comes along. If you're ready when the time comes,
you "will" get
that big gig that you've dreamed of all your life! Pretend it will happen very
and start preparing for it now! Work hard and be ready for that moment.
THE LAW OF RECIPROCATION
If you help others, it "will" come back to you. Try it and
Do something very special for someone in your life. This could be
anything from helping
to teach a lower income child how to play the drums (for free). Or
maybe start a child
sponsorship with an established, reputable charity. There is a great
of self-worth and dignity that comes from these noble gestures and
God mysteriously has a way of
repaying you for each and every one.
You must be willing to "give" so that you can "get".
This is another law of nature.
If you want to be a great drummer you must ask yourself what
you are willing
to give up. It's usually things like extra sleep, partying, Nintendo,
and various other
time wasters. We're not trying to keep you from having fun mind you.
By all means, enjoy life
and experience everything you can. But just remember that you can't
always have your proverbial cake
and eat it too. With all successful men and women, there has been
a measure of great sacrifice
along the way. (Keep in mind though, there is also a huge pot of gold
at the end of the rainbow.)
GOD HELPS THOSE WHO HELP THEMSELVES
There is something mysterious about this old saying, but it rings
so very true.
We've all seen it many times before; the person we know that works
hard and is
persistent, ends up becoming successful in some form or fashion and
the lazy person
or the "party king" that spent half of his life impressing
his friends or sleeping until 3:00 every day,
often ends up at age 30 with a nice full time job at Burger King.
-Work hard and prosper!
DRUGS ARE A DEAD END ROAD
Drugs are a lie. They are deception at it's utmost. They'll bait
you with their sultry
temptations and then reel you in like a bleeding fish on a hook. Sure,
it's fun to live
dangerously now and then but please be realistic about what's at stake
and the dangers
involved. Many a career has been ruined by drugs and alcohol. We don't
convince you of this. Simply watch any number of VH1 biographies on
of famous musicians that had it all but lost it all because they were
the drugs they once boasted about. Folks, it's a dead end road!
THE GOLDEN RULE
"Nearly every religion regardless
of it's age or range of
geographical influence, emphasizes the ethical principle
known to westerners as, "The Golden Rule". The world's
formulate this principle in startlingly similar ways."
- The Complete Idiot's Guide to the World's Religions
this got to with drumming, you ask?
Well, without common decency and some
sort of ethical base, you will not
truly be happy inside. Without happiness,
you'll most likely reflect negatively upon
the world around you. This in turn
leads people to not want to work with you.
Please give some thought to the
true meaning of the phrase,
"Treat others as you yourselves wish to
be treated" or "Love thy neighbor as thyself".
It is considered
and agreed upon by major philosophers and theologians worldwide
to be one
of the most concise and general principles of ethics.
SHOW UP EARLY
Have you ever noticed
that when you leave at the last minute to get
somewhere, you're usually late?
This is because we don't always take into consideration
the extra factors
that get in the way. Things such as running back into the house to get
you forgot, stopping for gas, answering that call just before you walk
the door, getting stuck in traffic and getting lost are all things that will
make you considerably late if you're not careful.
Get in the habit now of
always leaving a half hour early. If the leave time is 6:00,
make it 5:30
instead and commit to that new time. We guarantee you this will
there is no greater feeling than showing up on time for a gig. It not only
relieves stress but it adds to your reputation and this will benefit you greatly
in the future.
be early is to be on time
To be on time is to be late
and to and to be
late is unacceptable.'
- Adam B.
How many of you make New Years Resolutions at the beginning
of the year? Or are you
the type to say, "Well, what's the use, I never
keep 'em anyway."? Think
about it for a minute,
if we had that attitude about everything in life, then
why would we even get up in the morning?
I mean, why drive to work or go to
school when you might have an accident and get killed?
You see how silly this
word resolution is just a fancy word for "goal setting". Webster lists
definitions but re-occuring words are "resolve", "declare",
not use the beginning of the year (or any time for that matter) as a fresh start
to achieve the goals that you set for yourself on DRUMS? Write them down in big
bold letters and tape
them to the wall if you have to. This is a common habit
of successful people and it WILL work
if "you" work hard for it
and "MAKE IT HAPPEN". Even if you don't meet all of your goals,
just "TRYING" gets you a lot closer than you would have gotten otherwise.
you have anything to add to this page, let
We welcome your feedback.
writes: "I loved those lessons, I think they are true to life and
I wanted to add that if you have a good attitude, it will go far.
I know it's corny, but the only reason
I made it on our school drumline was
because I came at least half an hour early to help set up, and
knew that they could teach me anything I needed to know. I had proved I could
listen to directions and did my best. It really works!".
Walker writes: Hey
i'd just like to say thank you for the life lesson reading. It really
the perspective I've had on life lately: partying non stop, drinking
smoking. I really needed something like this to stop and make me realize
how stupid and such a waste of time it is. I still plan to have fun but to
keep my future in mind while doing so, and putting time aside for practicing drumming
and other things so i can be as good as i can be. Thank you very much.
heard this old saying and it stuck with me throughout my whole
great W. Griesel's words:
Amateur practices until he gets it right,
but, a Professional practices until
he cant get it wrong!'
inspiring story from one of our customers
Benscoter writes: Great stuff! It's refreshing to know that there are others
who believe like I do, that drums and drumming go way beyond just beating the
Here's something for thinking about:
we practice the rudiments we are teaching our hands (and feet!!) to do things
they don't naturally want to do. 1 or more beats on one appendage combined with
another appendage doing something similar or different at the same time
achieve a sound/rhythm sequence. Once we learn these we find that
goes from effort to effortless to out right fun.
same thing goes in life. There are things that, as humans, we don't
do naturally. Sometimes we react instead of interact, or worse
yet we do nothing
at all. Just like drumming we need to practice
life's rudiments to truly succeed
and be happy.
call these 'life rudiments' by many names (the golden rule,
10 commandments, etc.) but it all comes down to practice makes perfect
and just like drumming we are never perfect but always striving for
Williams writes: Who
ever wrote those lessons hit the nail on the head!!!!!
I am 43 years old I
started playing drums when I was 15 I thought that the drinking,
doin' lines were cool. Well when I was 23 I found myself
selling off my drums
and whatever else I could find just for a fix!!!!!!!!!
You name it I did
it. After my drums were gone I didnt play again until I was 41. What
I have been clean now for five years and started to play again
I asked GOD
to help me and he has. Be good to yourself young drummers. Play on.
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