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    Effortless Mastery

    So you had six months paid vacation and used it to learn rudiments. Excellent choice.
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    Effortless Mastery

    What else was going on in your life at the time? I’d love to be able to practice like this, but I work full time and have a family. I put in 2 hours most days (4 hours today thanks to being stuck in the basement with Covid!) and somehow in 12 hours a week I have to fit in Stick Control...
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    Effortless Mastery

    Yeah, flamadiddles while watching TV is not what this guy is talking about. :)
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    Effortless Mastery

    Yup, sounds like you were pretty much doing what he advises, which is using meditative techniques to get into a place free of worry, strain, or concern about sounding good, then focusing on one small thing to the point of mastery. By which Werner means the ability to play it perfectly every time...
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    Effortless Mastery

    Has anyone tried the practice method recommended by Kenny Werner in his book Effortless Mastery? I’m finding the book fascinating but wondering whether his method for getting into a meditative headspace and then practicing small things to the point of absolute mastery is really doable. And if...
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    Joke Thread

    I’m a software product developer. That clients/users cartoon is BRILLIANT.
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    Did you ever own your “dream” kit ?

    When I was 15 I convinced my parents to let me have drums if I paid for them myself. I tutored a 9-year-old pervert for a year to earn the money. When I finally had it, I went with my mom and my drum teacher to Sam Ash and bought a set of black Pearl Exports with Zildjian cymbals. At the time...
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    Best compliment you've received about your drumming?

    “Oh, did you play the last song? I didn’t realize that was you playing.” I’m a novice at a jam session where the other drummers are professionals. “Are you available for gigs?” I’m not remotely good enough to gig, but this guitar player has asked about three times. From a bass player: “You...
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    One year later…

    My friend, believe me, if I can, anyone can.
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    One year later…

    Thank you, you are very kind.
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    One year later…

    One year ago today I sat in on my first jazz jam. I got hooked, committed myself to jazz, switched to a teacher who is also a great jazz drummer, and got serious about drumming out of an intense desire not to embarrass myself every week. I could write a book about all of the embarrassing...
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    You gotta get to the gig any way you can

    That can’t be the NYC subway, or they’d be playing to pick up some change while they travelled.
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    OT: Hobbies beyond the drums

    It’s great that you’re doing what you love. What do you do?
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    OT: Hobbies beyond the drums

    I’m like you. Work full time, family, drum a couple of hours a day, no time for anything else.
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    So does listening to jazz give you jazz hands?

    Listening to jazz has given me a passion for Art Blakey’s ride cymbal, a feminist aversion to Body and Soul, and the ability to sing things that I didn’t used to think were singable. But jazz hands, no.
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