“All compromise is based on give and take, but there can be no give and take on fundamentals. Any compromise on mere fundamentals is a surrender. For it is all give and no take.” -Mahatma Gandhi
Remember It’s all about the “Basics”
Focusing, Feeling, Listening, Seeing and tempo awareness, and working as one group.
The reason for this is simple. Basics / the fundamentals are the backbone of everything we can and will do in a given endeavor. Since we’ve spent disproportionately more time developing them — intentionally or not — they are often what we are the strongest in.
A key part of learning any skill well is finding and sufficiently mastering the fundamentals.
Marching, Dancing, Playing Notes, even spinning Flag or Weapon all need the fundamentals of basic timing. In fact Timing is Key to everything basic in learning music, rhythmic patterns while drumming or learning drill.
Mastering the fundamentals is hard. We have to endure countless hours of tedious, thankless work. Those of us who endure this process reap the rewards on the other side. Not only do we become more capable in whatever skill we’re developing, but we also become more capable performers.
Secondly, perfecting the fundamentals often leads one to develop discipline. Almost any venture in life requires immense focus and discipline to have a ghost of a chance to succeed. Learning to love fundamentals is also learning to love discipline.