I got that from his interviews. In one he actually mentioned that most of the people that you see are in the business for as long as he’s been is really nice. The business is small and you don’t want to burn any bridges.
In my case much of this crossroad comes down to a couple of things:
1. I have a certain amount of expectations be it the goals & standards on the business side and the direction, my role, and the quality of the music. I only play original music, so I need to feel I’m getting something from it...
I was at a wedding and it made me cringe because it was fudged throughout the performance playing only a straight beat. Even the band felt like they had to announce it was a guy who is usually their guitarist filling in on drums.
If it was my cousin and not my cousin-in-law’s wedding, I would...
I don’t teach drum lessons, but in North Jersey I charge $30 for 39 minutes for a 2 student/1 teacher ratio class. I find parents don’t balk and I make them pay for a quarter whether they show or not with one makeup. I also have the overhead of a pool.
Take that as you will