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Posted By : 45s | Comments : 13

Got a question for you (and other musos too) ........

I can't get motivated to jump on my kit.

Played over 300 gigs with 3 different bands over a 10 year period.
The last gig was nearly 3 years ago.
Sold 2 kits, kept 1 - just in case.
Set the kit up 5 weeks ago and played for 2 hours, not been on it since!

Has this happened to anyone else and if it has, how did you overcome this situation?




# Posted by Mr Cottonhouse - 23/08/2017, 23:33 (GMT)

Leave the kit set up.... but this isn't an option for many people. If it is then set yourself a target.... a rhythm or fill that you could never get and practice in 10 minute stints only. Force yourself away, that way you will want to get back on it before long. Regular short stints for many people is better for learning.

Either that or get a gig!

# Posted by Wizdom - 23/08/2017, 23:40 (GMT)

Think back to what you loved about the drums, remember all the situations you enjoyed
start watching the drummers that you wanted to be and like Mr Cotton House suggested
start practising and trying to better yourself. I have been there a few times thing it's time I jacked
this in. Hope you find the inspiration Rick :)

# Posted by Gin Pit - 24/08/2017, 00:26 (GMT)

Just do it buddy, you know you wanna! Dave

# Posted by 45s - 24/08/2017, 00:46 (GMT)

Dave, it was really nice to speak with you the other day on the phone.
I would join your band in a heart beat as your set list is very appealing to me.
I'll jump on it tomorrow and see, lol.
To Gary and Mike, thanks for your support. I just knew you two legends would reply to this.
Thank you.

# Posted by Daz (scopyons) - 24/08/2017, 09:25 (GMT)

many years ago when I was just playing rock all the time I got a bit stale so I took the advice of a friend and chose two genres of music Im not a massive fan of , (country and jazz) and learned to play in that style , not only did it give me a greater appreciation of those genres , it unlocked a lot of new ideas and increased the scope of my teaching skills ,

all the best

# Posted by Troubadrummer - 24/08/2017, 09:57 (GMT)

Personally I would love to have a kit set up that I could jump on and play whenever I wanted. Instead I load all my gear into my car, drive 10 miles unload it all,set up, play for around 2 hours break it all down load it back up, drive home and unload. I'm sure you get the picture. You have to want to play in the first place, if you don't feel a spark when you see a kit,hear a great drummer and want to jump on your kit then maybe the drums are not for you anymore. Some of the advice given in the thread is excellent and you should try to follow it if you really want to carry on playing. You might find that 'learning' is a suitable challenge rather than jumping on the kit and rattling out a few beats that you can play with your eyes shut. There are some excellent online resources available these days. Maybe you could try working on your time playing to a click, constructing new fills, playing some different styles like latin or jazz that require good independence, working on dynamics, rudimental drumming, bass drum control etc.
Good luck with whatever you decide to do. I hope you decide to stick with it. I know the pleasure drumming gives me and I hope you rediscover your passion for playing.

# Posted by 45s - 24/08/2017, 12:42 (GMT)

Daz and Mark.
Thanks for the advice, I will try something challenging as you have suggested.
Forgot to mention that for the last 7 months, I am now a Grandfather and spend as much time with this little bungle of joy.
Thank you both again.

# Posted by Matt Green - 24/08/2017, 13:51 (GMT)

Just get yourself back in a band. I hate playing the drums on their own. I had an electric kit set up and rarely used it. But love, absolutely love drumming when playing with other musicians.

The Pleasers are probably going to need a drummer?



# Posted by chopperhontas - 24/08/2017, 13:57 (GMT)

Similar to what Daz said. I found no matter how many rock bands i played with, at least half the set was the same every time i tried someone different. So in the end decided i wasn't going to play with a band again until i found something completely different.
Always liked 80s music, so was lucky that an opportunity came up doing that. The other thing i changed was playing an electronic kit. I'd done this in the past but it never worked as well in the rock bands. I invested a bit of cash into a high end Roland Kit and some good amplification. Completely different feel to play and love the fact i can change my sounds. Still got acoustic kits, but right now i don't see myself going back to them.


# Posted by Rumble Fat Band - 24/08/2017, 17:36 (GMT)

Been through this a few times Rick, however I think you have hit the nail on the head in that you now have a different priority in your life. The pleasure of having a little one around obviously suits you and you are getting a lot of pleasure out of that relationship, so Drums takes a back seat.
I think you need to question yourself and ask, "Do I want to play again?". When I have gone through these times I have done exactly as suggested and try playing something new. I ended up enjoying playing Jazz Fusion and Samba music so much I joined a band playing that kind of material and the spark was there again. No Gigs, but great playing with some awesome talented players and way out of comfort zone.
Playing the same old, same old week in, week out can be soul destroying. Trying something new can really work. Hope you get the "Mojo" back and back in the saddle soon.

# Posted by 45s - 24/08/2017, 19:02 (GMT)

Thank you Stu, Ian and Matt.
Something to think about and maybe a question to ask myself.


# Posted by Rocket - 28/08/2017, 22:22 (GMT)

Hey Rick,

Bit late to the party here but thought I'd add my two penneth and sort of echo what others have said. When you say you can't get motivated...is that to sit behind a kit and play, or get out and GIG?

I will never class myself as a good drummer - I like to think (hope!) that I'm "solid" timing wise and I can slot in with a band with ease. But I have never been able to sit behind a kit and practice...learn rudiments, "challenge myself" to learn something I can't. Probably because I'm lazy! That's why I'm no better a drummer now than I was when I first started.

I have however played in some good bands and one thing for me is that I can't really be bothered to play in "another" pub band. A bit like Chopperhontas said, If I'm going out playing i want to do something different or impressive and not play the same old set. I want to play in a band that brings the house down. I'm aware that probably sounds really arsey but it's not meant to be...but perhaps there are a couple of things might interest you..

1) Could you START rather than join a band. Doing something you really enjoy? Doing something a bit different from the norm that is going to make you stand out? Something you can get your teeth into?

2) Could you dep with some bands? One thing I have loved the last couple of years is playing with a few different bands, having to learn a new set but also fly by the seat of my pants a bit and take cues and a bit of a buzz off what the band is doing there and then to make sure we get through the song and the gig. Rather than knowing exactly what song is coming next, exactly what the next fill is, when the next solo is etc...

Like I say I know some of that probably sounds arrogant and it's honestly not meant to be. I am an average drummer, quite OK in a pub band and that's about it! But I get a buzz from being out PLAYING....not PRACTICING....does that make sense? Maybe it;s the latter that doesn't inspire you, not the former?


# Posted by 45s - 02/05/2019, 23:30 (GMT)

Thanks Rocket.
I'm now in a none gigging band who are enjoying our Monday night jams.
When we have perfected 2 sets, we aim to do charity doos for sick children and then "who knows" ?
Rick - nearly 2 years later, lol.

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