A bad day playing the drums is better than not playing the drums at all.
But I have good days and I have bad days. Don’t we all?
I find, sometimes, as I improve my skills in some areas, that I slip up in areas that I have already covered. I find this to be true when I play along with my set list. What was once easy-ish to play last time became more difficult this time.
What’s this all about? Here I am practicing and working through some very challenging exercises and patterns in Marco Minneman’s Extreme Drumming, Gary Chester’s New Breed II, and Ted Reed’s Syncopation books, seemingly improving on a daily basis. But when I put the books down and start playing music that I am seemingly very familiar with, it all falls to pieces.
Granted, this typically manifests itself on more complicated pieces that are probably beyond my current skill level. But I do work through them and get to a point where I am somewhat satisfied with my ability and performance.
It’s when I come back to these pieces after not playing them for while (and only after improving and learning new ideas and figures) where I either blow myself away by nailing it even better than before or by completely messing it up. AGAIN – WHAT’S THIS ALL ABOUT?
Is this normal? Do we sometimes retrograde before we can advance? What happens to the human brain and body when you train it? Does it get worse before it gets better? When I play along with my set list, I have good days and I have bad days. I guess we all do.