Thanks for sharing that. I was thinking about my post and realized it's kind of it's own topic. I will start a new discussion.Atypical is a very mild way to put it. But I get where you're coming from. I too have used a cornucopia of substances to help me focus and get over that constant self-judgyness while I was learning how to play music (played guitar and sang for years before picking up the sticks). I used them as an incentive of sorts and as a creativity catalist. I don't recomend it either, but I think it helped me in some aspects, while hindering me in others. Everything comes with a price..
Most of my drumming journey has been through sobriety. And I am grateful that I can still get to a state of grace without chemical assistance.
Pretty much nailed it for me...and I wonder that as well.Yes, that feeling when it is more like I'm listening to our music than playing it, when the drama of that same old song is fresh at every note.
It's interesting and I wonder what is actually happening- we all have nights of not feeling this synchronicity, but audience reaction and recordings seem to indicate that it was
It's got nothing to do with how "good" you are or how "good" you aren't. It's about how emotionally involved you get into the music.Never happened to me. Perhaps I'm not good enough.
NEVER doubt yourself.Never happened to me. Perhaps I'm not good enough.
I do as well!! I really do enjoy setting up.I’ll take it a step further: I feel happy and grateful as I set up. Tearing down at the end of the night, I am as grateful that I had an opportunity to rock for an audience. I tend to treat every gig as my last on earth and put all of my soul into every aspect of the gig.
Not yet, for me. I still have to concentrate too hard on mechanics to get into a flow state. No smile on my face - I play with a look of grim concentration, kind of like an undertaker studying an actuarial spreadsheet.I hope the answer is yes for everyone on this forum.
If we didn't enjoy it, for the most part, why would we do it?Do you have them?
I do, often.
When I play with others, but sometimes even by myself and/or along to recordings. It's got nothing to do with the complexity of what is being played, it could be a Billie Jean type of beat with just the right feel and bam! Chills... Sometimes I'll get overwhelmed by the intensity of a well executed crescendo and have goose bumps at the back of my neck. Sometimes it happens as I'm just providing some quiet punctuation to some cleverly crafted lyrics.
I have an addictive personality so maybe dopamine hyper sensitivity is a factor... I tend to constantly seek to get back to and over-do anything that gives me a "rush". But dang! does drumming ever feel good.
Truly, some of the most fun I've had, fully clothed and sober. Although some of those non-fully clothed and/or inebriated moments weren't all that great, in retrospect. But that is NOT a discussion for this here forum...
I understand that drumming is fairly new to me (at it seriously only for a few short years) compared to some of you folks. But those who have been at it a long time: do you still get that excitation while playing? That feeling of fulfilment and pure joy?
Your name implies that you are playing jazz, and some (a lot) of it tends to be more complex than the usual backbeat music. Maybe you should treat yourself to some more simple pocket based music once in a while. The hypnotic repetitiveness is very conducive to attaining a flow state. Simple repetitive drum beats have been used for millenia to induce trance and/or jubilation in a bunch of cultures so, IT WORKSNot yet, for me. I still have to concentrate too hard on mechanics to get into a flow state. No smile on my face - I play with a look of grim concentration, kind of like an undertaker studying an actuarial spreadsheet.
I’m hoping that if I keep working I’ll get there.
I really do not know, because drums can also be quite frustrating for long periods of time when we are struggling. So if there wasn't any of that "rewarding joy" every now and then, I don't think I could invest the time and ressources necessary to learn how to play half decently.If we didn't enjoy it, for the most part, why would we do it?