You've heard it all before, but for old times sake here it is again.
What to practice and why
Finally, if you would like a copy of the poster above to print and post near your piano click below.
You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.
I'm a professional pianist and music educator in West Toronto Ontario. I'm also a devoted percussionist and drum teacher.