At one time or another, we've all had an idea that we never wrote down or acted on. Very quickly the idea vanished into thin air. It's such a shame when this happens! Often times the best ideas are fleeting and come to us randomly. This is especially true when it comes to creative pursuits, such as playing the drums.
We won't always have the ability to sit down at the kit and play when inspiration strikes us, but we should at least be prepared to capture good ideas when they come, so we can fully explore them at a later time once able. The way we do this is simple:
Whenever a good idea comes along, we whip out our phones and jot it down in a note-taking app. If preferred, we can write down the idea using pen and paper. We can record the idea as a voice memo, either explaining it verbally or even tapping out a rhythm on a nearby surface. It doesn't matter how we record the idea. The important thing is to make sure we save it for later in some way. Capturing ideas for later is actually only the second best option. The best option, if possible, is to go immediately to the kit and explore the new idea that has come to us. The next time a good idea comes your way, either jump on the kit and act on it, or record it for later! There's almost no excuse to let a good idea slip away!