What to Do When you Don't Feel Like Practicing.
You know you have to practice….You know you need to practice. But what do you do on those days when you would really rather drill your own teeth than pick up your sticks and shed?
Well, fear not! We’ve reached out to the best of the best, our Worldwide Team of Zildjian Artists, to help steer you away from your couch, and toward your throne. Read below to learn how some of the top drummers in the world tap into their inner drive. ..you might just find your motivation here too!
1. Gavin Harrison – UK, Porcupine Tree/ King Crimson
Listen to some great music and you'll soon get in the mood.
2. Daniel Platzman – USA, Imagine Dragons
I always start my practicing with the same routine so that starting my practicing is familiar and meditative. It's almost like tricking myself into practicing.
3. Venzella Joy – USA, Beyonce
On occasion when I may not feel like practicing, I watch videos of absolutely amazing drummers. In doing so it makes me realize that they would not be as great as they are if they didn't practice (LOL). From there I make sure to practice so that I can work on developing my gift to where theirs is, and even further.
4. Kent Slucher – USA, Luke Bryan Band
Usually just pushing through, just getting in my head that this is the best for me and my job. I want to give 100% every night so I make it a point to put some time in on the practice pad.
5. Ivan Panella – Italy, Hope Dies Last
Watching full live gigs or any drum lessons on YouTube are a good way to get a healthy dose of “mental practice”!
6. Matt Greiner – USA, August Burns Red
Forget about anything you've been practicing and just start playing.
7. Toni Mateos - Spain
Try an "only-five-minutes" plan: practice 5 minutes of simple stroke, double stroke, triple stroke, paradiddles, flams, rudiments, open roll, closed roll, etc... You could end up spending more than 3 hours jumping from one exercise to another. Not bad for a "lazy day"!
8. Jacopo Volpe – Italy, Vanilla Sky
Just improvise and follow your heart and thoughts.
9. Mike Gaspar – Portugal, Moonspell
I like to listen to music and just imagine if i was playing it. Like air drumming! It worked wonders growing up as a kid and still works today.
10. Pete Lockett - UK
Pick a smaller portion of time and make it a specific technical task, like playing a rudiment with the metronome for 30 minutes, or playing a groove to a click for 30 minutes without interruption. It would be a bit like going to the gym and doing 30 minutes on the cross trainer. You cannot always be artistically expressive in endless practice sessions, so dedicate some of the time to pure motor movement training.
11. Kristinn Agnarsson - Iceland
Make it musical. Find a problem area in your playing that relates directly to a song and then tackle that song, and the practice becomes fun!
12. Tobias Derer - Germany
Grab your headphones and play to some songs you love at that moment.
13. Marito Marques – Portugal
One of my practice routines is to study rudiments on a soft surface (eg. a blanket) with metal drumsticks, it really develops my hand technique. I always make sure there's an awesome soccer game on TV to keep me motivated!
14. Antonio Sanchez – USA, Pat Metheny
The hardest is to get started. Once you break that barrier then the rest isn't that hard. When it's really hard to focus, or you're tired, sometimes it's better to just give it a break and return when you feel like you're ready.
15. Barry van Zyl – South Africa, Johnny Clegg
Just start! You'll feel better after 5 minutes. If not, stop.
16. Stephen Perkins – USA, Jane’s Addiction
Give yourself a schedule – example: Monday – rudiments, Tuesday – endurance Wednesday -creativity - and so on ----Also, put on your favorite music, jam along -before you know it, you’re n the mood.
17. Akira Jimbo – Japan
Guess the BPM while you are walking, driving, riding on the public transportation, etc.
18. John Tempesta – USA, The Cult
If I don't feel like practicing, I'll just play music whether in my house or car, to get inspired, which also helps me to learn songs.
19. Simon Scheibel – Germany, Lake Cisco
Don´t practice! There are times when you don´t want to practice and there will come times where you love to practice. Don´t force yourself to practice. It has to be fun, not torture :-)
20. Jason Bittner – USA, Shadows Fall
Take the day off and resume the next day - quality practice is always better than just "going through the motions."
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