10 tips from 10 great drummers Part 2
NEVER STOP LEARNING AND EXPLORING
Born in 1944, Billy Cobham is one of the living legends of the battery. Despite his no longer young age, he does not stop one day from exploring new things, writing new music and evaluating every proposal he is given.
Continuing to learn and continually search for a source of inspiration is in his opinion the only way to stay young and top.
SHARE THE LOVE FOR THE BATTERY AND INSPIRE THE OTHERS
If you’ve never seen a lesson from Eric Moore, you really should do it. Even if you’re not particularly interested in what he’s explaining, you can learn a lot from his way of approaching drums and life in general.
Even just seeing him explain a simple concept, you see how he faces everything with a smile, with the energy of someone who is having fun and wants to have fun. His personality is a great contribution to the drum teaching industry, he can motivate anyone, find the right phrase and make any drummer do the famous “extra mile” the Americans talk about.
NEVER POINT TO THE SECOND PLACE
Kenny Aronoff is certainly one of the best-known drummers in the world record industry. Often he is not included among the favorite drummers in magazines and on the charts, but he has a list of recorded records, tours and collaborations to embarrass 90% of the drummers in the world.
Why? Simple, Kenny Aronoff claimed to work very hard, study every day and face every challenge as if it were the best of all. I absolutely do not want to say that he does not have the talent of other colleagues, but when I think of him I think of a true professional. Spending a short time from a tour with Smashing Pumpkins to Vasco Rossi to record with dozens of American pop stars puts him among the very first in terms of professionalism.
He said it himself, you can’t think of doing this job in the current record industry if you don’t work every time to be the best.
IT ALWAYS POINTS ON YOUR VALUES, IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT OTHERS SAY
Very similar to the story of Peter Erskine, that of Larnell Lewis is an argument about isolation from external pressures and stupid criticisms. Continue on your way and work hard in what you believe. Hard work and enthusiasm pay far more than anything else.
BE THANKFUL. DO NOT GIVE NOTHING FOR DISCOUNTED
Getting up in the morning, living a normal life and being able to play drums seems something obvious. In reality, it is not, and according to Gabor Dornyei, one must be grateful every day to be able to do something that we like to do and not take it for granted.
There are countless people out there who can’t do what they want, who can’t say what they want, who can’t go and live where and how they want. Every day each of us struggles to succeed and we should be grateful that we are given the opportunity to do so.
DO NOT BE AFRAID OF GETTING TO KNOW YOU. YOU ARE IMPORTANT
Obviously Bernard Purdie needs no introduction, as Billy Cobham is also a legend of the drums and the shuffle that bears his name bears witness to it.
His advice is to not be afraid to make his story known, there is someone out there who could benefit from hearing your words. Don’t keep things inside yourself, get out, and tell who you are and what you can do. You are important. You are special.
The special character Purdie also gave much more practical advice:
You can’t play with sneakers. You have to play with leather soles because the rubber does not allow you to hear the pedal and does not allow the foot to slide as it should.
Ladies and gentlemen, Bernard Purdie.
These 10 tips that I gathered each contain a story, a life spent trying to emerge, succeeding, putting each one’s own dish on the plate.
The common thread is to work hard, always believe in it and not be influenced by what is happening around.
It might be too easy to think of being one of many, being late, being unsuitable and convinced that there is always someone who runs faster and runs better. It is not a competition and those who work well will have their chance, the important thing is not to lose the love for drums, the passion for music and try to be a real, authentic and pleasant person.