There is an old saying that “Practice Makes Perfect.” We know this is not true…nobody ever achieves absolute perfection. That said practice is essential for all musicians to hone their craft and bond with their instrument. Practice is a double-edged sword bringing both agony and ecstasy to the player. Good practice, effective practice, sounds ‘bad’ as that is the time when learning and experimenting takes place. It has been said that if you sound good at practice you are not getting anything out of it. There are many ways to motivate oneself to practice. I keep a log next to my drum set that I annotate after every session what worked, what didn’t work, what I achieved and what I have to work on. My pal Steve Goold (Owl City, Sara Bareilles) has a great philosophy for practice. Here is a clip of him presenting his theories at a church clinic:
Check out an article I wrote on Steve for Drumhead magazine at: http://www.pinstripepress.net/Goold.pdf.