This article focuses on the third portion of my CRASH concept (Commitment-Relationships-Attitude-Skill-Hunger) for attracting success to your drumming career, and that is Attitude.
Attitude is everything in life. It will make or break anyone on any career track, especially musicians. cheap jerseys Music is about communicating on a deep, almost telepathic or even spiritual level. As a general rule, I have never met a single person on this earth that wants to communicate on even a surface cheap jerseys online level with a person that oozes negativity. As a drummer, you can spend years developing flawless technique, speed and power, yet never share the stage with other musicians because you have a horrible attitude. Conversely, if you make it to the big stage, a bad attitude can take away that privilege just as fast. Attitude will make or break you!
Did you know it takes almost twice as much energy to generate a negative thought as it does a positive thought? Why work so hard? Develop the habit of staying positive and let your team player spirit shine through. People will be attracted to your energy and you be able to pursue your major purpose in life everyday. I was attracted to this idea of positivity at a very young age. My mother collected books by authors who wrote about the power of the mind and how our thoughts could become things. Think Napolean Hill, Zig Zigler, Leo Buscaglia and Tony Robbins. She encouraged me to absorb these material and absorb I did…like a sponge! I’m so grateful to her for that encouragement. Thanks Mom! Don’t be afraid to read and absorb the works of these great thinkers. Their ideas are available in a body of work that you can use to vastly improve your life. ‘Change Lensky your mind, change your life’ is a fantastic thought process I have brought to my drumming career, with great results.
I believe all people from all walks of Hunger life are subliminally attracted to people with great attitudes. You can set yourself apart from the pack by wielding a winning attitude like a sword. There are many drummers across the globe that share many skill sets. They may all have great gear, can all read music, are knowledgeable of song structures, are versatile enough to play many styles, can program loops, play comfortably with clicks, and wholesale mlb jerseys even enjoy overdubbing percussion, etc. These are expected skill sets for the city I live in (Nashville) and the music scene I work in. However, not all drummers have that winning attitude that people want to surround themselves with time and time again. The ones that have it, work all of the time.
Here’s an example of attitude in action. A top notch producer friend of mine called me a few years back to record drums on a project for a band. In the spirit of a true band, my friend wanted to get complete band takes like the old Motown days. There would be less sonic ‘scrubbing’ and no ‘we’ll fix it in the mix’ with this project. He wanted the full rhythm section to get ‘keeper’ performances across the board together. My friend knew that not all drummers would have the patience for this. He knew from hiring me in the past, that I would be comfortable with keeping the energy level of the music up and my mental attitude positive for one take or fifteen! There you go, I got hired over the competition because of my team spirit and wining attitude.
My job is to serve the music, lift up the songs, drive the band and inspire the artist to be their best. I’m Skill willing to do anything to make that happen….show up early, stay late, take direction, give suggestions…be open, play from the heart (‘play from the heart, it will set you apart’). I do it all with a smile on my face! Hopefully, my employers will notice this and will want to call me again. All businesses thrive on repeat business. Focus on giving more than receiving and the phone will ring off the hook!
Remember, your playing may get you in the door, but it’s your attitude that will keep you there. Your attitude is the one thing most people will remember about you more than any of your other traits. A great attitude means you have to open to suggestions. You have to be willing to change time signatures, forms, beats, subdivisions, grooves, fills, attitudes, colors and textures on the fly. This rule applies whether you are working for an artist or band, live wholesale jerseys or in the cheap jerseys studio. If the producer wants mallets on the toms, a rivet cymbal played with brushes or a light backbeat on the underside of the snare drum, do it. Don’t make the mistake of being negative or closed off to suggestions. You are being paid to be there! Don’t be a “Negative Nelly”!
I have witnessed many situations where a Le paid musician is difficult to work with and doesn’t like rolling with the punches. The whole situation becomes uncomfortable and that musician is never called again. Over time, that same musician may develop an unfavorable reputation. In my book, a man’s reputation is everything. Why jeopardize that? I have been at recording sessions where the morale has slipped and the negativity is hanging so thick it the air that you could cut it with a knife! You can ease tensions with a witty joke or by expressing how excited you are to be there and be part of the project. Positive attitudes are contagious. I don’t know how it’s contagious, it just is. Experiment with this. You’ll like the results.
In this fast paced new world in which we live, you have to run just to stand still. This means you need to consistently go above and beyond expectations and constantly deliver “the goods” with a small on your face. Many people talk about ‘vibes’. How many times have you heard, “Man, the vibe in that room is way off” or ”Man, that dude has a really dark vibe”? It happens all of the time. This is intuition. People are all given the gift of intuition. It’s our birth right. All people can sense and feel when someone is thinking negative thoughts. It’s been proven that negative thought patterns actually manifest themselves in a molecular way. That’s why it is so important to stay “in the green” and avoid “the red”. Stay happy, stay positive.
Here’s another example of ‘attitude in action’. I work regularly with my ‘3 Kings’ rhythm section in Nashville at the same studio 90% of the time. Recently, the studio manager pulled us aside and told us he loved having us around because there is always a positive energy in the building when we work there. We let out attitudes show, and as a result, attract other like minded people to the studio, who end up booking their sessions at the studio. That’s a great scenario for a studio owner!
As it relates specifically to drumming, we couldn’t have a conversation about attitude without discussing all of the kick butt drummers through history that have played with ‘attitude’. Without hesitation, I think of Gene Krupa, John Bonham, Tony Williams, Carmine Appice, Kenny Aronoff, Tommy Lee, Alex Van Halen, Dave Grohl and many others. We’re not talking about ego or arrogance here. I’m referring to an utter confidence in their playing and their approach to playing that lights a fire of inspiration under all the musicians they play with and even sucks the listener into their special world. Drummers that play with attitude have a charisma. Let’s face it, charismatic individuals get preferential seating at restaurants, win elections and can even convince whole countries to go to war! There is tremendous power in playing with attitude. Playing the drums is the way I express myself spiritually and physically. It’s the physical manifestation of who I am as a person. In my experience, I notice that as soon as I step near my ‘expression Mask zone’ (a drum set), I assume a certain attitude. That’s what I do and i what I was put here to do…play drums. I own every second of it, from the click of my sticks for a count off, to the first crack of my backbeat, until the very last cymbal blow! I am performing from the first moment I step on stage, to the final vibration of the crash cymbals, and to the final stick toss to a crazed and appreciate fan….I’m performing with attitude. I strive to always maintain that attitude of confidence, while being open to musical and verbal suggestions from my fellow musicians.
Attitude Rocks. Let Yours’ Shine. Charlie Sheen would be proud. #Winning.
See you next time!