For years, I do a little ritual before any audition, gigs or recording. I have this oil called
“ shaman’s drum oil” that I place a drop of on my wrists & ankles. (Really... I know it sounds
goofy. . .but. . .whatever gets you through the night. . . ) I also HOME do a quick little meditation,
where I close my eyes, put my hands together, and just focus on drumming to the max.

EVERY time I drum, I take ginseng (which I do most days anyway)
and I stretch. Remember, you are playing the first instrument made, so think about the deeper aspects of communication. Then, when you play, forget everything. Let the drums speak.