LIVE in THE SPOTLIGHT
- How to practice: exploring strategies and tactics in an aging body through book reviews, interviews, personal anecdotes, with the goal of staying happy, healthy and focused.
- Attitude: what it is a good attitude, how does helps us to learn and persevere, which daily tactics help us to acquire or keep a good one, what to do if yours needs a tune up?
- Metacognition: what it is, what it can teach us about learning, resources for study, conferences, and in practice.
- Intrinsic motivation: what it is, how it helps us to learn and persevere as we age, how to help those we mentor with theirs.
"Things ain't what they used to be" Mercer Ellington
That's for sure. But, I'm encouraged by the numbers of mature musicians who are active and healthy. I plan to be one of them.
Some of habits that I hope will help me stay in the game.
Practice regime drums
i.Monday Jazz band practice, total 2 hours plus.
ii.Tuesday rudiments and very light practice, total 30 minutes.
iii.Wednesday is lesson day with Terry Clarke and Rock band practice, total of 3.5 hours.
iv.Thursday is practice day at home, 1 hour. Once a month I attend a Jazz jam and play about 30 minutes
v.Friday another practice day at home, 30 minutes.
vi.Saturday afternoon, optional hour if time allows.
vii.Sunday another practice at home, or jamming out, 1 hour.
viii.Total hours: 10. 5+ hours a week
Practice regime on the piano
i.Monday to Friday about 30 minutes a day
ii.Saturday afternoon, 1 hour
iii.Sunday 1 hour
iv.Plus, about 2 hours of professional reading a week
v.Total hours: 6. 5 hours a week
That is a lot of wear and tear on a 57-year body. So, I’m going to bed and hitting the gym early in the morning.
Coming up: A conversation with Terry Clarke, drummer extraordinaire. The interview has taken place, I'm busy transcribing it.
David Story: Professional pianist, drummer, composer, and educator. Well into his 4th enthusiastic musical decade, David works with adults pursuing musical dreams in the autumn of life, while he maintains an active presence in the Toronto arts scene.