"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 5th 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.