Music – My Drumming Lessons

The First Drum Set I used
The First Drum Set I used

♪ They say it’s good to have a hobby. Well, I enjoy writing, listening to music and I decided to try a new one recently – Drumming. I’ve always admired the way people sit down with a set of drums and give it a nice rhythm. I found out about FREE drumming lessons and decided “why not?”

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First Impressions

I thought the Drum set looked pretty cool but wondered how and when I would be able to play it confidently. It was a weekday evening at 7pm, the place was already open, so I walked in. It was quiet, I took a quick photo of the drum set (right photo) and had already started to play with the set, when the teacher walked in. He was a Ghanaian, probably in his 40s and introduced himself. I proceeded to get up but he said it was okay and asked me to sit down so he could tell me the names of the drums and what they did. I took some notes. (trying to look intelligent)

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My Experience

Well, it was like learning to drive all over again.

First step: I use one stick (right hand) to beat the bass drum infront of me.

Second step: I press my right foot down often, on a pedal which hits into a massive Drum. It makes a big “boom” sound and has to be in tune with the first step.

Third step: A challenge for me. This was using the left stick to beat they cymbals, while beating the bass drum, while using the pedal. All three had to be in tune. Once I had to do the 3rd step, my brain slowed down and couldn’t do all three at the same time. I thought we ladies could Multi task.

Another Drumming Lesson after work...
Another Drumming Lesson after work...

Teachers Patience

For the first two lessons, I still couldn’t proceed to doing all 3 at the same time and the teacher kept on encouraging me. He said I was doing well. Little did he know that was little encouragement as I use the same words to my students (at work) when they are not doing so well.

Anyway, my brain eventually clicked into the right gear and I got it. Now I have begun making a little progress. I’m not sure how long I’ll learn for as I have a busy schedule. That's me in the photo, I went straight to the lesson on my way from work, practicing on a different set of drums. The person who took it didn’t take a clear shot, but never mind me - look at the drums, it will help you understand the challenge I faced. (the massive drum with the big "boom" noise I hit with the pedal, is at the bottom right of the photo)

So, now I’ve got the basics – a few more months and I’ll be drumming for the Rollling Stones.

Do you play any musical instruments and was it easy to learn? It would be interesting to know. ٩(•̮̮̃•̃)۶

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andromida 6 years ago

Good luck with your drumming lessons. I am always little slow understanding how musical instruments function,at my school days I used to watch my friends playing guitar and always wondered how they keep everything in tune.Hope to get more free drumming lessons from you in future. Good luck :)


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matt6v33 6 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

good for u, young lady,

if i may?

it was 1969 when of my uncles died, and left me 600.00 in united states saving bonds. I rec'd permission from my father, to buy a set of drums, (Blue) ones! just like yours. we were poor, so no money for lessons, just grateful to have the drums in the home, back bedroom, of course! :) i was told by an ole timer, to listen to "Wipe-Out" song, and the song "Wendy" then "Buddy Rich" over and over again, then start to play along with the songs/It Worked!

Loved It. Still do.

Enjoy it, great therapy!

thanks again for sharing, this brought back some great memories for me.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Wow, whatever next you are up to. Can I have photoes and signed. When you get famous I'll be all right. Seriously, well done and respect to you for atempting this. I admire anyone with art, like music, painting and so on. I find it fascinating when someone can do it.


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Robwrite 6 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

It's always great to learn a new skill. Enjoy the drums.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

I always admire anyone who can play a musical instrument--even a little. A dated a young lady who played the violin and she gave me a lesson once, but quickly seemed to decide it was more fun to go to the movies than teach me to play a violin. I'm afraid my musical success peaked with my mastery of the Mickey Mouse guitar I had as a child--it played with the help of a crank on its side.

Good like with the drums, I envy you!

Mike


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Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

I played a Sousaphone in college...drums are a great left-right brain exorcise,which sharpens your ability to focus on everyday tasks,so don't give up playing the drums Lady_E!;)


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Harvey Stelman 6 years ago from Illinois

Lady, I know the excitement you feel. I sang, wrote and played guitar. My claim to fame was being booked as the opening act for Elton John and Jethro Tull.

I always saw the drums as a true physical talent. I wish you the best. Here's one thing to do, if you end up playing for crowds. Don't be scared! Look at the audiance and say to yourself. "YOUR MINE!" H


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Jai Warren 6 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas

I've wondered what came of your Drumming lessons. Drumming takes a lot of coordination. Very admirable, Lady E. As a young boy, I took a year or so of piano lessons, but lost interest. It took too much time away from playing sports. Thanks Elena, Ciao!


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

** Hello Andromida, thanks for the warm wishes. I hope you will reconsider learning the Guitar - one step at a time. Regards.

** Hello Jim, its nice to know you enjoy playing the Drums. Your late uncle would be proud that you got something very special. Thanks for sharing that learning tip. Best Wishes.

** Thanks Hello Hello, you can do it too. About the photo's, I'll send them to you all signed and at my Concert, will make sure you have a VIP seat. lol.

** Thanks Robwrite - nice to see you.

** Lol Mike - well, you did master the Mickey Mouse Guitar. That's Talent. To me the Violin is in a complete league of its own. I'm in awe of those who play it. Nice to read your comments. Thanks.


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

** Thanks Mentalist Acer for the encouragement. They really play on the brain. lol. I'll hang on in there. Best Wishes.

** Hello Harvey "booked as the opening act for Elton John and Jethro Tull?"

I would like your Autograph please and when next you're hanging out with Elton John, get me his too. Thanks for the Tip. Regards.

** Thanks Jai - Coordination is the key. A year of playing the piano is a lot. I hope you pick it up again later. We could form a Band with Harvey Stelman. Thanks for stopping. :)


dreamreachout 6 years ago

Elena, wonderful new addition to your repertoire!! Keep on drumming!!

My daughter is better now and the fever is gone but she is yet to be back to pink health!! I am thankful to you for your concern and you understand the psychology too well because I know the bonding you share with your dad!! Thank you once again!! :)


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psychicdog.net 6 years ago

Lady E you've got it in you. My brain eventually clicked in - try your heart it's got better rhythm- a beat (the heartbeat) which you can never lose!


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vydyulashashi 6 years ago from Hyderabad,India

Am very passionate to become a drummer. Shuku-ria for the guide. God bless you


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Allan Douglas 6 years ago from Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

Ahhh... I DO love music. And I'd love to be able to play. I've tried several instruments over the course of my life and had very little success with it. Nor can I sing. Musical ability is just not one of the blessings I've been given... unless you count the ability to whistle. I can do that quite well! :-)


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KT Banks 6 years ago from Texas

Oh Wow. I always wanted to do that. I love music and love the drums. Plus it would just shock my kids if I suddenly started playing the drums, Ha Ha. but it could also inspire them. Just as you have inspired me. Very cool.


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Aris Budianto 6 years ago from Lying along the equator Country

I love music .. I love drums too..but I can only. Thanks for this inspiration.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

Good information. I have a friend as a teacher in music school. He is very talented person, he also share his knowledge to his student. I really proud with her job. Thanks for share us about this. My life so empty without music. Drum is also great music instrument. Drum give a soul and energy in music. Vote up.

Prasetio


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

** Hello Dreamreachout - that's good news. Thanks and take care of yourself too. :)

** Thanks Psychicdog - such sweet comments. Glad you stopped by. :)

** That's good to know Vydyulashashi. I hope you have started playing the Drums too. I love the sound of Drums in the Bollywood Movie Dances. Shuku ria and God Bless you too.

** Cheers Allan - Whistling it is then. I've tried on many occasions to put 2 fingers in my mouth and do that loud whistle that men do, but only air comes out. So, I reckon whistling is a good talent. Regards.


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

** Hi K T Banks - I reckon it will inspire your kids and hope you take it up. Best Wishes.

** Thanks for Stopping Aris. Hold on to that love of music.

** Hello Prasetio - I'm glad you enjoy music and also glad you stopped by. Your friend must really enjoy his Job. Regards.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago

Lady E, Playing an instrument is great therapy! My son plays the drums and luvs working with computers as well it’s a great contrast! Music has always been an integral part of our household! The drums bring a whole new dimension… It really helps to have a sense of rhythm.

The Blue looks heavenly! I bet you will really enjoy it! Go Lady E! Thank you for sharing, In His Love, Peace, Joy & Blessings!


amorea13 6 years ago

Lady E I can't believe it! You drum as well! I had to laugh cos I used to once-upon-a-time - way back when The Rolling Stones had just begun!!!! Ouch, the admission so hurts! Especially as I never got to drum for them - like you might!!

Yes I do know how you must have felt first time - it IS so confusing, getting your feet and hands to do so many different things at once! Still, keep it up girl and record the results when Mick asks you for an audition! In fact, invite me to it please!

Great hub Lady E and thanks for making me remember the world of drumming - and making me giggle!


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Tim Blackstone 6 years ago

Interesting to hear of your experience with drumming. I don't think I could ever get 3 limbs doing different things at once. Not under control anyway. Good luck with your lessons I never have managed to play any instrument but it must be soo satisfying to be able to do so.


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MartieCoetser 6 years ago from South Africa

Lady_E, take a bow! People tend to think it is easy to learn how to play drums. But in fact it is very difficult. You’ve got to have an above-average sense for rhythm and able to do different things with each hand and foot simultaneously. I am an amateur musician on piano, keyboard, organ, piano-accordion and flute; I know the wonderful feeling of peace and contentment one experience while making music. Keep on drumming! Practice makes perfect. I’ve got to share a musical joke with you. Whenever you become a member of an orchestra, you will always hear announcements like: “Shall all musicians and drummers please come forward.” Never take this at heart, okay?


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

** Thanks Deborrah for sharing those comments. Your children are so talented. I wonder how you coped with the noise though.Keyboards are fine and you can even practice with Headphones but drums are very noisy...

I hope they will take it a step further and maybe record something. Lovely to see you. :)

** Lol Amorea. "Like I might?". That sounds positive. I think if you choose to continue with drumming, it will all come back to you naturally, then we could audition for Mike together. Glad you enjoyed the Hub. :)

** Thanks Tim. It is a bit daunting and then you get excited after learning one rhythm, only to start worrying how to grasp the next one. I hope you enjoy music even though you don't play an instrument. Thanks for stoppping.


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

Thanks for your comments Martie. I feel much better. I thought I no longer had the ability to learn quickly. Wow, I admire the fact that you play quite a few instruments. I like that. Surely, you can't still be an Amateur. lol. Thanks for the encouragement. I loved the Joke too. :)


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drcrischasse 6 years ago from NH/Foxboro

To think I played the violin as a child. :)


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

That's amazing drcrischasse - I hope you will take it up again sometime or introduce your sons to it. Thanks for stopping. :)


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HappyHer 6 years ago from Cleveland, OH

Good for you for pursuing something fun and creative! I think it sounds like tons of fun and I'm sure you'll continue to progress in leaps and bounds.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago

Lady E, Actually he enjoyed them early on and plays wonderfully... so the sound of the drums can be quite favorable he plays gospel, classical, contemporary, jazz...

Be encouraged and be patient with yourself! I believe you have GREAT rythum so don't give up perservere and you will see what I mean... Program yourself lol! Much love to you!


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

** Hi HappyHer, it is fun. I hope I can make progress. That depends on my brain. lol. Thanks for stopping.

** Aaawwh, Thanks again DeBorrah. It's amazing he can play all that. Thanks for your encouragement. I will persevere. Glad you stopped by again. Have a Blessed week. xx


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Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

Good for you! Brave/courageous!! Wish you much success!!

No instrument playing here other than a little keyboard dating way back when mom gave me a mini one for Christmas, LOL! I know 'Mary Had a Little Lamb,' and part of the theme from the old series, 'Wagon Train,' and some of 'I Gave My Love a Cherry.' That's about it. I'll look forward to the invitation and have a front row to see you and Mick Jag/Rolling Stones, should be very... 'satisfying!' A drum-roll vote-up/rated!


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

Hi Support Med - From your comments, I'm sure you have "music genes" in you. Thanks so much for stopping. I will let you know when the Limo will be arriving to pick you up for the concert. lol. :)


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stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Wonderful hub. You must be doing so well with your drumming. God Bless You Dear Heart.

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