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25 Motivators for When you Don't Feel Like Practicing

From our Worldwide Family of Zildjian Artists

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!


Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Gavin Harrison

1. Gavin Harrison – UK, Porcupine Tree/ King Crimson
Listen to some great music and you'll soon get in the mood.


Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Daniel Platzman

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.


Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Venzella Joy

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.


Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Kent Slucher

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.


Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Ivan Panella

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”!


Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Matt Greiner

6. Matt Greiner – USA, August Burns Red
Forget about anything you've been practicing and just start playing.


Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Toni Mateos

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"!


Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Jacopo Volpe

8. Jacopo Volpe – Italy, Vanilla Sky
Just improvise and follow your heart and thoughts.


Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Mike Gaspar

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.


Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Pete Lockett

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.


Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Kristinn Agnarsson

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!


Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Tobias Derer

12. Tobias Derer - Germany
Grab your headphones and play to some songs you love at that moment.


Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Marito Marques

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!


Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Antonio Sanchez

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.


Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Barry Van Zyl

15. Barry van Zyl – South Africa, Johnny Clegg
Just start!  You'll feel better after 5 minutes. If not, stop.


Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Stephen Perkins

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.


Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Akira Jimbo

17. Akira Jimbo – Japan
Guess the BPM while you are walking, driving, riding on the public transportation, etc.


Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll John Tempesta

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.


Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Simon Scheibel

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 :-)


Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Jason Bittner

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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