Paulo Almeida

Paulo Almeida, drummer/percussionist, arranger, composer

Drummer/percussionist, composer and arranger of multiple music genres.

And so, you move forward....

It is easy to give in to resistance.  It is easy to not allow myself to be challenged.  It is easy to stay out of situations where I would be vulnerable.  Where I run the risk of being seen as not a good musician, or drummer, or friend.  One of the main themes that I've been learning about from reading the book "The War of Art" by Steven Pressfield is that Resistance is the force that works against you when you already know what to do.  I know that I need to practice rudiments every day on the practice pad and on the drumset.  I know that I should take time to play along with recordings of bands every day to continually improve my time and feel.  I know of so many different exercises and musical activities that would improve my musicianship, especially if I follow through with them every day.  But it is so much easier to give into distractions or rationalizations of other things that I should do before I sit down at the kit or get to work on the practice pad.  Every day, we are faced with many decisions of how to spend our time and we always have a choice... Not only in how we spend our time but also how we influence our attitude about the decision we have made.