Monday, April 16, 2018
JoJo Mayer: Practice Wisdom
Thanks to Nick Ruffini from the Drummer's Resource Podcast Instagram page (check out his webpage here: www.drummersresource.com) here is JoJo Mayer's philosophy for a more effective practice routine:
"JoJo Mayer's Practice Rules"
Rule #1 - Practice what you CAN'T do.
Rule #2 - Be aware of WHAT you're practicing for. Be aware of WHY you believe you need to accomplish that. Start with the end in mind.
Rule #3 - Don't practice for hours...practice for RESULTS. Practice as short as necessary, not as long as possible.
Rule #4 - Observe yourself carefully. Practice with the same attitude you'd like to see yourself perform.
Rule #5 - If you get stuck too long with one thing...leave it, relax...try a different viewpoint.
Rule #6 - Practice is like raising children or growing plants: you can't force it to grow...all you do is CARE. Challenge yourself but be patient, have trust and have fun.
Rule #7 - Practicing is not a means to an end. If you're not sure why you're practicing, it's sometimes better to stop and do something else. Perhaps stop practicing for a while, and then pick it up again once you are certain WHY you want or need to.
Rule #8 - Don't focus on practicing the drums...focus on playing music!
Rule #9 - ACCEPT AND SURRENDER.
And furthermore, here is a fascinating Tedx Talk given by JoJo Mayer himself to check out: