A message to drummers

I’m just not good enough (a message to drummers)

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22 comments on “A message to drummers

  1. George says:

    Great message. We have to keep this in mind in every aspect of life, even though it’s difficult to do. I just look at Neil Pert and Adam Clayton. I’m way more Adam Clayton, and U2 have been Killin it fo 30 years, and Adam plays it pretty straight. Also, as a teacher, you need to remind students that if you want to get better, practice! Don’t sit around and mope about it. It takes hard, hard work to get better. It just doesn’t happen! That ain’t the way God set this up. Also, I’d say play live as much as possible. I sobered up six years ago and started playing in a church band about four years ago, so I’m gigging every week! It’s really brought out my drum personality and voice and has helped every aspect of my drumming, not to mention feeling more comfortable on stage. And BTW, didn’t you know that God is Australian, mate? Ohh yeah, yep He is. Gooday, mate. (I’m not kidding, I do my God voice with an Australian accent. Keeps it fresh and fun.) You do a great job. I’ve used quite a few of your videos to make big improvements. Thanks. Very grateful! God bless!

  2. Jeff S. says:

    Thanks Stephen for reinforcing the positive mindset. All to often we get sidetracked and lose focus. Relax, practice well and play on!

  3. Rob Allsop says:

    Very well said mate! :)

  4. Cheryl says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this message. As a fairly new drummer I needed to hear it!

  5. JD says:

    Brother. Could not have heard this at a better time in my drum life. Love it. Thank you so much. HOOAH.


  6. Will says:

    Thanks Stephen, I needed to hear this.

  7. Brian Patteson says:

    Good morning Stephen thank you for some great words I struggle with that every day growing up idolizeing Tony Williams Elvin and of course Mr. Steve Gadd
    I even have a painting of Elvin Jones here in my apartment I’ve seen it when I was a kid at Frank’s drum shop downtown and my mom found it at some sort of website and She got it for my birthday about 15 years ago
    My struggles are real but they all give me inspiration and so do you
    I can’t thank you enough for your words for your inspiration and for your lessons not only in drumming but in life itself have a great day and predators are looking good this year
    Brian patteson

  8. Ronn Milrod says:

    Hi Stephen. Tx for encouragement. Self taught ad teen. Rt.handed. Picked up sticks as lfty. Kit set as rt.was “adequate”. Paid for school. 50 years pass. Got the urge and put kit back together. Switching to match. Hard to break old habits after all these yrs. Now 77 yrs. old. Working at it. Not easy but still fun.

  9. Ryan Satnik says:

    Hi Stephen, thanks so much for this and thank you for being an example of someone who is continually developing their own voice rather then chasing the latest name in bright lights. Through this video and others you’ve posted you’ve completely changed the way I see and approach my kit.

  10. Taj Baber says:

    Great video. I’ve been doing a fair amount of comparing lately. not with other drummers, but with the drummer i used to be. I put my sticks down for a few years. Now I’m back playing, but I feel like I’m back at square one, but with the memory of being able to play this stuff. It’s frustrating and discouraging. I just try to remember that that was my voice then. This is….you get it. Also, there’s an opportunity here to take my playing somewhere else, to say something different.

  11. Ronald Berry says:

    Hi Stephen I thank God that I can play my Drums. That I know I’m not perfect and I mess up a lot at times and I know that I’m not Neal Pert and would like to be —but I’m me and I have been Self-taught also and Have watch other drummers to learn what they were doing and can’t read sheet music at all –picked up by Ear and have done it that way for most of my Life. Practice is the very most Important thing Us Drummers can do. I got to be me and can’t be some body else that I’m not. Give it your Best guys and play your Drums the way that you know how and don’t stop learning. Keep on going. !!!!

  12. Keith Pevey says:

    Everyone!!! Attention! Please don’t give up!!! I spent over 25 years battle this same kind of problem. One day I had to put an end to it because it leaked over into other areas of my life. We are all good enough! Besides, we have to give up comparison to professionals. We are our own competition. Do this thing for love!
    God Bless you all!

  13. John Newell says:

    Comparison is the thief of joy. Powerful stuff. My most fulfilling play is joyful.

  14. Mike says:

    Thanks so much Stephen for this video!!!!! I battle with this subject all the time and need someone like yourself to help me stop comparing myself to other drummers and thinking I’m not very good!! I need to be me and believe in myself!! Thanks again for the reassurance!!

  15. Nancy says:

    Thank you for that, being an older, much older person than many other students I’m constantly saying, I’m too old why am I bothering, but you know what I don’t give a rats ass. I’m going to learn as much as I can and play as well as I can. And have fun. Fun, fun, fun

  16. Stephen E.Burchick says:

    The timing of this is impeccable!
    I’m an older drummer who resents himself for having allowed the “Thief Of Joy” to steal me blind for so many years!Your YouTube vids have been a great help and inspiration to me yet I can only imagine what a mind and attitude free of “comparison “could have done for me along with your great vids! Thanks for a welcome shot in the arm,was sorely needed!

  17. Joe Parenti says:

    I believe that that this subject, has to be learned by the drummer himself……not saying that this is not a good article, it is.
    Do what you do, be as good as you want to be……you can do it, but it’s not going to be done by some magic potion….
    Resign yourself to the fact, that no matter how good you think you are, there will always be someone who is better……
    Live with it…..deal with it…

  18. Victor says:

    Awesome advice Stephen. I just try to be myself on the kit. I have accepted the fact that I will probably won’t ever be as good as some of my favorite drummers. I just want to be good enough for myself. Thanks again for the video. Keep up the great work Stephen.

  19. Annabelle says:

    Thank you Stephen, I needed that.

  20. Alan Weiss says:

    Hi Stephen,
    I’m an old guy and have played for years… Still fighting that battle in my head… This was very helpful and will come back to it again. Would you say that skill set comes into play at some point? Thanks

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