Conquer the Climb: Mastering Skills Through Persistence

Conquer the Climb: Mastering Skills Through Persistence

June 14, 20242 min read

Ever feel like you're jumping from one drumming idea to the next, never quite mastering any? You're not alone! Let's explore the concept of the learning curve and how to leverage it for drumming success.

The Allure of the Shiny New:

We've all been there: see a cool drumming lick, learn a new rudiment, and then…squirrel! Another exciting idea pops up, and we're off chasing that. The problem? We never truly conquer the initial climb of the learning curve.

The Learning Curve: Your Friend, Not Foe:

The learning curve is that initial steep climb you face when acquiring a new skill. It's challenging, and it's tempting to give up. But here's the secret: the curve doesn't stay steep forever!

Push Through and Reap the Rewards:

Imagine learning a paradiddle. At first, it's tough. But persist! Once you conquer that initial hurdle, the curve flattens out. Now you truly "own" the paradiddle. You can manipulate it, explore different dynamics, and apply it in countless ways.

The Power of Owning Your Skills:

Watch professional drummers – they radiate confidence because they've mastered their core skills. They can take a single lick and express it in a multitude of ways, making it sound fresh and exciting.

Mastery Through Exploration:

The key lies in climbing that initial learning curve. Once you "own" a skill, the fun begins! Explore different variations, experiment with dynamics, and see where it takes you. You'll be surprised how much mileage you can get from a single well-learned concept.

Quality Over Quantity:

Focus on mastering a few key skills rather than dabbling in many. This focused approach leads to true ownership and expressive playing, allowing you to create more impactful music.

The Takeaway:

Embrace the learning curve! See it as a challenge to overcome, not a barrier to entry. Put in the dedicated practice,master those skills, and unlock a world of creative drumming possibilities.

Share Your Victories!

Let us know in the comments! What drumming skills have you conquered? How have you used them to create expressive and powerful drumming?

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Grant Collins

Grant’s influential and inventive dedication to the instrument has spanned over thirty years, in which time he has developed new techniques and instrument combinations. This extensive commitment has also seen him make significant global musical contributions, not only to the drums, but the music industry itself as his dedication extends from professional drumming, to corporate motivations, keynote presentations and also the highest of quality creative educational instruction.

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