The Studio Drummer Chats!

Forget Practice- Have Fun!

August 15, 2018 Season 1 Episode 5
The Studio Drummer Chats!
Forget Practice- Have Fun!
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The Studio Drummer Chats!
Forget Practice- Have Fun!
Aug 15, 2018 Season 1 Episode 5
Jonathan Cazenave
Where is your happy place within your art? (or instrument). Some ideas that will help you find the FUN in what your doing. I can be reached through http://www.jcazmusic.com Youtube- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWgCLKFY9lMStEvuR6wrNrw?view_as=public Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/thestudiodrummer/?hl=en My awesome logo was created by Comic Illustrator- Shawn McCauley. https://shawnmccauley.com/
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Where is your happy place within your art? (or instrument). Some ideas that will help you find the FUN in what your doing. I can be reached through http://www.jcazmusic.com Youtube- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWgCLKFY9lMStEvuR6wrNrw?view_as=public Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/thestudiodrummer/?hl=en My awesome logo was created by Comic Illustrator- Shawn McCauley. https://shawnmccauley.com/
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Welcome to the studio drummer chats. This is a creativity podcast, I hope, whether you are a writer or musician or comedian or actor or anything creative that there will be something in this podcast for you. I do talk a lot about drumming and music production. My name is Jonathan has a name, and I am a producer, drummer, songwriter. And this episode number five is about having fun with your creative endeavor or having fun playing your instrument. I come at it a bit from the perspective of a drummer or musician, but again, a lot of these things will apply no matter what you do. The last episode, Number four, was about the four practice tips, as I called it, and for a lot of us out there, the idea of practice is almost like homework. It's something that we sort of have to do. For others of us, it really is a lot of fun just to pick up our instrument and play. So the idea with this podcast is the fun episode is I'm going to list a lot of things that might spark your interest, and you might find fun because it's really important to find the fun in playing your instrument or in your creative endeavor, because if you're not enjoying it, you're not gonna do it. If you're not enjoying it, why are you doing it? And, you know, sometimes we find ourselves when we're playing something or practicing something, you know. Sure, you're gonna have frustrating time. Sure, you're gonna have times where it's going to. The challenge of accomplishing something is going to take awhile. That's okay. But ultimately we've got toe have the fun part in there. So my question to you is, what do you play for fun? What do you do for fun? You may be a professional that has your pro gig, and then you've got your passion project over here that counts. That's kind of what I'm talking about. Balance is going to be the key because you do have to spend a lot of time on the business part and making sure your craft is in place and making sure that you're doing marketing and all these things that we have to do. Marketing can be networking or whatever, but all those things you only have so many hours in the day, but still You have to make time for the things that you're passionate about, the things that are fun if you play an instrument strictly for enjoyment. And I hope I have a lot of listeners out there that just play their instruments just because they love doing it. Maybe they played the drums because it's a great way to release frustration. Maybe they play guitar because it gives them a chance to hang out with their friends and play their favorite songs. I hope there's a lot of you out there listening to this podcast if you play just for fun. Yeah. Ah, huge advantage, because pretty much everything you're doing is for the fun part. You're focusing on the fun part and as it should be, so that's fantastic. Either way, let's run through a few ideas here about things that we can do for fun. Number one. A lot of us when we're trying to find something we enjoy playing, we simply play cover songs. And you know, the idea with this is you can eh learned songs. Note for note. The advantage to this is that by doing it, you're learning vocabulary. You're learning how that particular person approached his or her instrument and you're improving your chops. And if you're playing along with the song that you're improving your time, hopefully so all these things are really, really good. So if you're playing cover songs or if you're learning songs strictly for fun and that that you enjoy that, that's something that that you you just really can't wait to Dio then that's a fantastic thing to do for fun, whether your professional or or an amateur. Another idea is to improvise with something like what I like to do. Sometimes one of things I do for fun, cause I will take a Pandora station or an Apple radio station, and I'll pick a genre that's fairly straightforward, like maybe a chill hop station or a cent wave station. And I like. I like those kinds of music so I can play along with those and I can play on top of those and sort of add to the songs is I'm playing with them. So if I'm playing chill, ha Pichon sort of ad in trap type beats because there's a lot of space in there for me to play around with. If I'm playing, sent wave again. It's kind of four on the floor. There's a lot of space so I can build the pieces I can do Drum fills. I can add parts like in sort of approach it as a composer or songwriter playing the drums, and that's really fun for me. I can easily kill an hour doing that. But while I'm doing it, what I do is I'm thinking about time. I'm thinking about him playing the hip hop stuff. I'm thinking about my right foot, speed and accuracy. All that stuff is to a grid of 95% of it, unless it's like a dill, a vibe or something. So I'm working on metronomic accuracy because I'm playing with basically a glorified metronome. That is fun for me and also the way I approach it is I'm conscious, and I talked about this and the episode for I'm conscious of what I'm playing in doing, and I'm practicing in my head as I'm having fun. For me. That's the ultimate having fun while you practice but back to just the straight fund. Don't worry about the practice word right now. Another idea is collaboration, so this can be ideally in a room with other musicians collaborating with other musicians. If that sounds fun to you, if you've never done that, check it out. It's something that is difficult to describe, or it's difficult to get the benefit out of it without having actually done it. If you've never jammed with other musicians, try it out. Ah, and just just see if you like it. See if that's seems fun for you. A couple of resource is, you might check out for that. One is band mix dot com B a N D M I X. It's been around a long time. You can sort by your zip code and look for people that are into the same genres that you're into. Craigslist is actually pretty good source for this stuff, too, You know, if you put out if you put an ad out there, just, ah, just be friendly and professional, you know, details. This is what I'm into, and I'm on this side of town. I'm looking just to get together with people for fun. Or maybe I'm looking to get together 20 songs so we can go play or whatever your goals are kind of set that out there and just be specific instead of, you know, maybe, um, I'm looking for a guitar player. I mean, to rush, you know, just, you know, try to be a specific as you can. Friendly professional. Another good source is Facebook groups. There's, Ah, there's a bunch of those out there and you can also actually create a Facebook ad very inexpensively that you can target to people that might be interested in the same things that you're interested in. Look into that. It's not expensive. It's not too difficult to set up. I ran across a new one doing research recently called Song Trader S o N G t r A D r. It's a curated, uh, site of some sort, and ah, Member had some pretty good things about it. Have not tried it yet, but you might check it out. So ah, song trader Facebook groups. Any of these theoretically could also be used for remote collaboration. That the idea here is you play a part or somebody plays a part or a thing, and then they send it to you and you record your part and you send it back, and you, you know, and If you're if you already have a recording set up for you like the idea of recording or that seems fun, then you can actually do this really and expensively. You conduce on your phone now if you run OSX if you're a Mac person, Garage man is amazing for the free or or ah, $10 that it costs. If you run PCs, then Reaper is really good. So check those out inexpensive and, you know, if the whole recording thing seems like it's going to get in the way of having fun for you, skip that part. But keep an open mind to buy that, because there's a lot of great resource is out there. So as long as we're talking about computers and garage me and things like that, the next idea is to write a song right pieces, right, loops, right, little short pieces of music or long pieces of music to play along with. So if the idea of song writing and composing pieces of music for you to play your instrument to seems fun, you being in studio, you're working on those things. If that seems interesting to you again, that's something that's a craft that you could be honing a while. You're having fun so you could write a little piece of music that you could play drums to or guitar, too. And you're working on multiple things at once. I love things that achieve several goals at once, having fun working on your craft, you know, learning how to record all these things in one. Ah, sit down Our you know, another thing that you can do to just sit down and play. There is a huge variety of different kinds of loops out there. If you happen to use logic or a lot of Dawes back to garage man, any of those have an amazing amount of built in loops. You can drag him on to a track, and you can start playing to him. You can pick the genre. It's a lot of fun. And if you don't have one of those, Dawes, check out some of these sites that will sell you loops like Big fish. Audio is a great one again. You can pick by genre, and there's a lot of just cool things that you can just basically click on and start playing to. To me, that's a lot of fun because I like to have ah, piece of music to play, too, and I can solo over it. I can work on beats to it, all these things, and sometimes you come up with creative ideas for songs, and or you might even use those as a basis for shooting a video or who knows just depends on what you're into. What found fun to you If you do have an iPhone, by the way, there's a little hidden Jim. If you have not mess around with GarageBand that much, check out garage band for the next to nothing that it costs. There's a featuring. They're called live loops that will work on your iPad or iPhone and you know you. It has this feature where you can basically build a song by just clicking. So it'll start with a loop. And if you want a transition to like the intro diverse the course, the bridge, you just click it. Ah, and it's really cool. Ah, and it's gives you it has several genres, and it gives you something to play along with immediately for like, five bucks. You plug your headphones in, and you just go, So that's that's a lot of fun for me. One last loop company that I'll mention is some software called Arcade. The website is output dot com o u t p u t dot com It's something kind of new for me, but I've heard the demos and it sounds really good. Their whole thing is a subscription base that lets you try. Right now there's 100 days for free, and they're not a sponsor of this podcast. But I wish they were, if you happen to be listening out there but check him out, they The idea is with Arcade is that every day there's new loops, new stuff, new material, and again you install the software you click play and you start playing. Or if you're into creating new stuff or songs or compositions, you start. You start creating just and there's always new material that's kind of their whole thing. So if any, if you are in the recording technology, then recording yourself to me. That can be fun, because it gives you something to work on and you're working towards a goal, and maybe you're trying to master a track. If that sounds fun, for you, then That is a great way to a have fun be while you're improving, because when you listen back to yourself, you get a good sense of really where you are in a situation that you may or may not have been able to hear while you're playing. So if you already kind of have, you know, I tell my students all the time, you know, take your iPhone. Ah, and just record yourself playing and just listen back and see what you think. You know. Just it's you know, it's so easy now with voice memo on and if it's distorted, you know, put a towel over to put it further across the room. But just you know, every now and then, you know when you're when you're even, if you're just working on a single stroke or even if you are playing a beat, whatever, just record it for a minute or so and just listen back. What we're looking for here is something that is going to really make you look forward to getting on your instrument. Something that just strikes you is fun. It might be playing covers, which could be playing covers with your friends or just sitting down with headphones in your room and playing it could be recording covers. It could be improvising over existing music. So making up your own parts to existing music as I was talking about that I do with, Ah, Pandora Station. It could be collaborating with others via getting in a room with people or over over the Internet online remotely. It could be writing your own stuff. It could be just playing along with loops. It could be recording yourself, playing along with loops all these things. What you're looking for is something that's going to lead you to the original reason you started playing the instrument. I don't know if you guys remember when you first started playing an instrument and it might have been a za child or it might have been is an adult. But there was something, that childlike wonder. There was something that attracted you to it, and I know for me it was a like, What is that? You know, what is that thing? We've all had those moments where you heard something or you played something and there was that spark. That is what we're trying to stay in touch with all the time. The inner child like wonder sometimes is an adult. We have to actively search for that feeling again. And I'm hoping one of these tips might help you park that feeling again that you may be able to find that pick one and tried. If your leg Nah, try another. Let me know how these work for you. If it's good or bad, you can get in touch with me at J. C. At Jake has music dot com. You can reach me through my YouTube channel, which is the studio drummer. I would love to connect with you on Instagram, which is also the studio drummer. I hope that you will subscribe to this podcast and I have a request for you. Please pass this podcast onto one creative person that you know that will help me out a lot. I would really appreciate it. I look forward to seeing you soon and on the next podcast. This is a studio drummer. Talk to you soon. Go have fun
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