Drum Instructors Are LIARS When They Say This...

Drum Instructor: “Last time”

Everyone: “Yeah right…”

I really don’t think that concept hit me until I started teaching. I didn’t even know I was doing it until one day, one of my Student’s said, “So, is this really going to be the last time?”

At first I’m like, “what do you mean? Of course it is…”

Then I realized, oh yea, when I say “last time,” I end up asking the Drumline to do a few more reps after that.

Often times it is because the last time isn’t up to the standard that I want it to be. Or somehow, the last repetition ends up being worse than all of the previous reps.

in retrospect, even though it’s not really that BIG of a deal, it’s probably something that can hurt the group’s trust in you over time.

I’m also pretty sure I’m not the only Drum Instructor that does this. I mean, I still do it to my private students from time to time.

But I do believe that in the long run, it’s better to stick to your word and just accept the last rep however good it ends up being. As an instructor, if the last rep ends up being a bad rep, you could use it as an opportunity to teach your students how to value every rep as precious and to give it their best effort every single time.

If you are a Drumline member and your instructor does this, give them a little slack and understand why they kinda lie to you in that way…they just want your last rep to be good…and definitely make sure you are not mentally slacking off just because you’re almost “done.”

Does your Drum Instructor do this? Is it just a funny little quirk that Drum Instructors do or is it a big deal?

For further perspective, check out the video below:

Karl Arrieta