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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Modern Drummer (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1458406997
  • ISBN-13: 978-1458406996
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #782,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Working drummer is a phrase that captures the essence of Bernie Schallehn. To the best of his memory, he has never turned down a gig in his over 40 years of performing and played almost every genre of rock music on drums. Bernie Schallehn holds a Bachelor's Degree in Behavioural Science and a Masters Degree in Counselling. In his years as a 9-to-5er, he was a counselor, a psychotherapist, and a hypnotherapist.

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Bernie is a full-time writer, musician, and filmmaker. His first loves are novels and screenplays, but he does craft a column (MIND MATTERS) for Modern Drummer magazine. Please review his books available on Amazon.

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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Jim Francis on March 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
No wonder you can't "Look Inside" this book before purchasing it...

It's a Depak Chopra style book: i.e. "just close your eyes and imagine you're gonna give a great show and then you'll get applause"

A few quotes:

"Don't say My drums are old - instead say My drums are vintage"

"Don't say This club is small - instead say This club is quaint".

So, that's the kind of "mental" help you'll get from this book.

Here's the chapter names:

Motivation, (?)
Self Esteem, (?)
Setting goals; (mentions buying a big house ?!?!)
Conflict,
Anxiety, Fear, Stress,
Band Dynamics (how to cope with being in a dysfunctional band)
Mind Matters
One Shots (this chapter consists of a few one liners.)

Here's a few more quotes:

"Grab hold of the wheel and drive!"
"How many musicians in your group? Four plus a drummer"
"Boredom - Get the band leader to add a few new songs"
"Are you happy? Do you feel fulfilled?"
"You're fired! We don't want you"

Emotional psycho babble. i.e. how to psych yourself up for a show or how to follow a drummer who plays better than you...

Absolutely nothing to do with the (mental) technicalities of drumming.

There's even a page on how you should "smile when you're drumming"...

Maybe it's for "drummers" who are emotionally "soft" in the head?

TRULY PATHETIC!!!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. Howard on November 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
... i bought this book with some serious anticipation.... silly me.... frankly, any intelligent person involved in "anything" should be able to figure out the lion's share of this through minimal study and "just doing"... if you haven't made these connections after X number of years of drumming then...well.... perhaps basket weaving might be a better creative outlet.... this is a perfect example of "informational material writing" that is created for the benefit more of the author's coffers than any pressing need by the public... if i ever saw Ginger Baker smiling away, as this text encourages us to do, i'd think he'd gone off his rocker.... PLEEZE!! this perhaps might benefit a 12 year old drummer.... BIG DISAPPOINTMENT!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By andy ziker on January 25, 2012
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Bernie Schallehn, mental health counselor, drummer, and frequent contributor to Modern Drummer Magazine, has absolutely hit it out of the park with this stunning book. It's one of those blasts that travels on forever. It's a must-have for all musicians, not just drummers.

In the foreword of his book, Shallehn summarizes that you'll find "practical philosophies, techniques, and methodologies...and "after reading and putting the concepts into practice, you'll become a more confident, relaxed and competent drummer." As a private drum instructor and professional drummer, I have used Shallehn's approach and it works like a charm. Although I've played and taught for many years, Mind Matters has already served to crystallize and dramatically improve my approach.

In Mind Matters, Schallehn first teaches about the VAK Model, which stands for video, audio, kinesthetic. He weaves these umbrella terms seamlessly throughout the book, while speaking to motivation, self-esteem, setting goals, conflict, anxiety, fear and stress, and band dynamics (which could be called group dynamics). The book finishes with a flourish: Schallehn shares reprints from his monthly advice column (I could read these over and over again) in Modern Drummer and "One Shots," quick solutions to various drum related issues.

Mind Matters reminds me of Effortless Mastery by Kenny Werner and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirisiq, but in a much more practical format. I would offer that the book is not just for drummers, not just for musicians, but is a fantastic framework for success. The drummer can be viewed as a symbol for anyone trying to remove mental barriers in their life. Let's face it; it's much more fun to read about drummers than maybe someone sitting in a cubicle.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tom Schreck on October 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
Schallehn's book covers what is is ALWAYS left out of any music how-to or method book-- the psychology of performing. Many of us can do the mechanics and have practiced them til our forearms burned but finding the right groove with others or going off and just flying free never seems to happen. The inhibition that keeps many of us from reaching where we want to go is not only frustrating it keeps us from reaching the real potential that the art offers.

For the first time I've been able to read about what keeps me from going where I want to go and how to get there. Schallehn's background in hypnotherapy makes sense--if music is hypnotic what is? And being able to embrace it and work on that level to improve made all the difference for me. Sure, put your hours in with the mechanics but add this one to the bookshelf to help you make the mechanics really sing.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bilko on October 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
Thank you for writing Mind Matters. I have long felt that I am a competent drummer at the very least, but unfortunately I do not think that I have improved in many years because I feel technically I got as good as I was going to get.But in reading this book I realized that I could improve simply by being more confident and "freeing my mind" to enjoy the moment. Surprisingly, the things I learned here in a "Drumming" book have enhanced my golf game tremendously and actually improved my everyday outlook on life.
I recommend this highly to anyone who wants to perform better.It is a bargain!

Bilko
San Francisco Ca.
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