Music – My Drumming Lessons
♪ 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?”
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)
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.
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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