New Inspiration: Practice Slowly

by Dave in

Regular readers of this blog know that I'm also a drummer in addition to my various business interests. Having played the instrument for nearly 25 years, I'm always on the lookout for sources of new inspiration. I was just reading an interview in Modern Drummer with Jeff Ballard. He's the "new" guy (he's over 50) playing with Chick Corea and Pat Metheny. This one comment blew my mind and though he's talking specifically about the drums, it of course applies to everything:

"When you practice, at all times try to pull the best sound you can out of the drum or cymbal. And playing very slowly will give you the time to digest all kinds of information. Again, be sure to practice slowly. it really helps."

New inspiration, indeed!