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Old 10-01-2007, 11:45 PM
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Taking drumming to the next level

I want to do more than just sit in my basement and play drums when I get bored. I wanted to know what you guys are doing to make music more interesting and how I can do something new to start a business consisting of music. (ex. starting a record comp., start a drum company)
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Old 10-02-2007, 05:37 AM
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Re: Taking drumming to the next level

You've got a long life ahead of you and I'm sure you'll think of some interesting ideas over time.
The key is to just keep playing...don't give it up for anything (school, girlfriends, wives, kids, career, etc.).
Probably the best and easiest thing you can do is start playing with other musicians...form a band, you'll be in lots of them over the years if you stick with it. There are plenty of people playing instruments and they (or you) don't have to be experts to get together and have fun playing music.
In high school I was in three bands in one night at the school talent show (they ended up changing it to a battle of the bands after that). Nowdays I juggle five different bands...hard to get bored that way.
I went and recorded my own percussion CD and set up my own label for it...that's another avenue. But even with a well recorded CD complete with professional packaging, etc. and getting it listed all over the internet through music sites and such, you probably won't get much response to it...no one buys mine.
It boils down to coming up with ideas and trying different stuff but continually working with other musicians to keep you in the game. Eventually you may find that it's become a business....even if it's part time.
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Old 10-10-2007, 08:28 PM
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Re: Taking drumming to the next level

Like kjell said, form a band. There is nothing more rewarding than playing with some good musicians in front of an audience. It takes up a good amount of time depending how much you work at it and it can even bring in some good extra money. As far as starting your own business and stuff like that, go to college. Thats what im doing. I am taking a minor in music and getting a recording/business deggree and that will be a great way to take my love of music to the next level.
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