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POSTED: May 29, 2015
No matter where you are or where you go, you will find people. Learning how to communicate and interact with others is a vital part of life. Many times you will be around people that are, for the most part, pleasant and easy to work with.
But every once in a while, you will have to work with people who are extremely difficult. This is part of life and I have found, in these times, that I can learn a lot about myself. As much as I would like to run away and not deal with this difficult person, I know that wherever I go, there will be another one. The whole situation is really about me learning and growing.
When I encounter difficult people I try to remember 4 things:
1.) Stay in control.
I am the only one who can control my attitude and response. No one else makes me do something. I can learn in the midst of each situation and there is always an opportunity for self improvement and growth. “When you are done growing, you are done.”
2.) Show grace.
You never know what others are dealing with in their own life. Sometimes, I have to remember to cut people slack, because we are all fighting a battle of some type. You may have heard the phrase, “Hurt people, hurt people.” People that are hurting or stressed, sometimes take it out on others. Showing grace, kindness, love and understanding can help diffuse the situation and maybe even soften the difficult person. You might just make a friend!
3.) I have a purpose.
I know that I have a responsibility and purpose in each situation so I refuse to allow someone else’s behavior to control or limit my contribution. If I pull back, I am only hurting myself and the others who I am serving. “Keep your eyes on the prize.”
4.) Be Myself.
I have to remember who I am and be true to myself. “Be who you be, and do what you do!”
No matter what.
Life is not about things, status, taking credit or even being the most productive.
It’s always all about people.
POSTED: March 7, 2015
Over the years, I have learned the importance of having mentors. I try to encourage everyone, no matter what stage of their life or career to Find a mentor.
A mentor can be someone who is successful in your line of work or in an area in which you want to improve. A mentor can act as a sounding board and provide counsel for your ideas. We all need someone in our life who will challenge us, keep us accountable and speak the truth. A good mentor will do that.
Many times, we feel like we have to ‘reinvent the wheel’, but a good mentor can show you their model for success and help you avoid possible pitfalls. Personal experience is not always the best teacher, but someone else’s experience can save you time, money and heartache. A good mentor can provide that.
I have many mentors for different areas of my life. My main musical mentor is drumming legend Billy Hart. I used to drive Billy all over the place and carry his drums for him, buy him lunch, have him over for dinner and anything else I could do to spend time with him and learn. Every minute was a lesson with him, and there were so many times I wished I had been recording our conversations in the car or during dinner. I consider him to be one of my best friends now and call him for advice often. I always try to honor him and let him know how much he has impacted my life. I honestly do not know where I would be without his guidance and inspiration.
A mentor can be an extremely valuable asset in your life… so, I am challenging you to find one person in your life who has done or is doing what you want to do. Take them to lunch or coffee and ask them to mentor you. Meet with them on a regular basis and be open to their feedback, allowing them to challenge you and speak truth to you. Accountability is a powerful thing and a good mentor can see your blind spots and help keep you on track. Always show appreciation for your mentors and value their time and wisdom. Say ‘Thank you” often.
I guarantee, finding a good mentor can produce an exchange that will be a blessing to both of you!
So, go ahead, make that call!
POSTED: January 29, 2015
TRI-FI toured throughout the Midwest in the fall and appeared at numerous clubs, schools and radio programs. Chicago, South Bend, Kalamazoo, Ann Arbor, Byron Center, Detroit, and Cleveland all heard TRI-FI live and we made lots of new friends. Watch and hear some of the radio interviews and performances here.
POSTED: October 3, 2014
The cold weather and snow could not stop these dedicated drummers! We had a blast at Portage Central High School. Thanks to all of the talented students, the coaches, Pat & Rennee Flynn at PCHS, Remo Drumheads and Franco’s Pizzeria.
The KHDCX is a unique one-day experience, with a focus on playing in a drum set ensemble.
POSTED: July 10, 2014
The 8th Annual Keith Hall Summer Drum Intensive was a huge success. 45 drummers over the course of two weeks rehearsed at Western Michigan University and performed downtown at the Union Cabaret & Grille.
Week 1 Week 2
POSTED: November 5, 2013
The 4th Annual Keith Hall Drum Choir Xperience was a success at Western Michigan University on November 4th, 2013. 10 drummers participated in a full day of musical fun in a drum choir setting.
The KHDCX also traveled to Byron Center High School in Grand Rapids and Concord High School in Elkhart, Indiana.
POSTED: June 14, 2013
Jazz Drums Now! Volume 2, the awaited follow up to Volume 1, is available now at www.KeithHallMusic.com. Volume 2 introduces brushes, New Orleans Second Line rhythms, the shuffle, and focuses on advanced comping and solo concepts, all with the Total Play-Along System on MP3 CD.
POSTED: February 27, 2013
Registration is open for the 2013 Keith Hall Summer Drum Intensive and a picture of us was included in Downbeat Magazine’s 2013 International Jazz Camp Guide. Look at all those drummers!!
POSTED: February 6, 2013
Keith recently presented at the Michigan Music Conference and shared his “Imitate, Orchestrate, Create” concept. This material will be included in his upcoming book “Jazz Drums Now! Vol. 2. Everyone in the audience was playing on their lap and air drumming. It’s still true…Everyone wants to be a drummer!
POSTED: February 6, 2013
Keith and a group of students from WMU presented ‘Jazz Is Our Music’ to Woods Edge and Valley Center Schools sponsored by Education for the Arts.