A Thing of Beauty ~ 2

Well, this week brought me the lovely opportunity to spend a quite a few happy hours bedding in my new kit. It’s had comparatively few outings but enough for me to find some ‘niggles’ So this week was all about making sure that the seat was at the perfect height, that cymbal was just there where I wanted it, as well as taking off all the heads and re-tuning now that they’d settled in.

Here is the kit solo that I used at the end of the week to ‘check it was all humming away as it should.’

Any regular viewers may recognise elements of the solo from some earlier posts using my practice kit. I did try and use the same basic structure but added some extra dynamics. Overall, as a piece I’m very happy with it. It has some interesting structures and textures plus, I feel, some moments of excitement and movement.

Just a couple of comments on the journey – I’d had a few ‘crises of confidence’ through the week as I’d been trying out some new ideas. The reason for this lack of positivity became clear to me on watching back some sessions.

I was trying to play as if I was someone else. In other words I’d become so hooked up on seeing what other players were doing that instead of  learning from them I was guilty of trying to be them – quite a different approach altogether. And one that I failed at miserably.

I’m thinking there comes a point when you have to value your own style, form, whatever you want to call it, over someone elses. The one thing I can do like nobody else, is play like nobody else. So, while learning, progression and innovation remain priorities, which can mean watching others and being inspired, exploring and establishing my own style becomes equally important.

So maybe I should have called the solo ‘Be yourself’.

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About Stuart Dyer

Stuart Dyer, Christian Writer and Musician living in West Sussex, England. Works in the hope of producing the worthy novel or solo; giggles at Oliver Hardy, Peter Sellers and Spike Jones; admires Hudson Taylor, Dickens, Salinger, Bill Bailey and Neil Peart; listens from Wagner to Miles with lots of stops in between; dances to motown and aims to achieve balance in all things.
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