Rob, the resident drummer here!
The other day I had this conversation with my 8 year old:
Her: Daddy do you get nervous when you are getting ready to play for people?
Me: Not even a tiny little bit.
Her: What if you make a mistake?
Me: I make mistakes almost every single time.
Her: Doesn’t that make you scared?
Me: Scared? No. Does it drive me freakin’ crazy almost to the point of insanity where I want to change the beater on my bass pedal to one made of stone, attach it to my ear, and have someone stomp on it over and over and over again thumping me into a state of oblivion? Absolutely! (Ok, I actually just said no to her and the rest of that was just in my head)
Her: Wow, I would be scared.
Me: Making mistakes is going to happen…for me at least, but I believe that the key is recovering from the mistake quickly and not letting it cause a train-wreck.
Her: Why would a train crash???