I'm bored

My brain, at the thought of:

  • blogging about drumming
  • "building my brand"
  • social media
Ryan Brown
These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things 🎶

My favourite recent drum discoveries:


.Paak 2 Basics

Yes they're ads, but good ones. To clarify my stance on the sponsor: I do not endorse or use ProMark drumsticks. I find that they're weighted in a weird way. To each their own.


Daru Jones

A friend of mine posted a pic of his weird-looking drumkit and I became intrigued. I later found out he's the drummer on Jack White's Lazaretto. I always thought that was a cool drum groove. Again- no connection to the sponsors here, just a well-shot video.


Deantoni Parks

Discovered this guy on Instagram. Honestly don't know much about him. So good.

Ryan Brown
playing vs practicing

I played my drums for about a half hour today.

I also played my guitar for about the same amount of time.

I enjoyed both.

Was I practicing? Depends on your definition.

If you mean "consciously working toward a goal of improvement on specific skills," then no. I was not doing that. If you mean "the actual application or use of an idea, belief, or method as opposed to theories about such application or use" then yes I was.

Both have their place. One is about delayed gratification - working toward the effortless execution of something you want to be able to do, but can't right now. The other is about instant gratification - what we'd more likely call "playing", because it's fun. This can be where new ideas come from, and where you test out and tie together things you've been working on. It can also mean playing something you know really well, just because you enjoy it. While the discipline of "deliberate practice" definitely has its rewards, "playing" is the true point of it for most people.

You should do both. Just don't mistake one for the other.

Ryan Brown