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Evelyn Glennie Does Not Own a Champagne Sparkle Drumset

Updated on December 30, 2015

Loch Ness Monster Drum Pad


What's round, lives in a lake and carries a beat?

Evelyn Glennie's Loch Ness Monster Drum Pad. It was created by the company Babes Wood in Oxfordshire, U.K.

Dame Evelyn Glennie is a prominent touring percussionist from Scotland. She studied at the Royal Academy of Music and has recorded numerous albums including joint projects with artists like Bobby McFerrin and Bjork. She is also profoundly deaf. I'll talk about her first, and then talk about her drum pad.

Evelyn Glennie's career as a percussionist has spanned over 25 years. Deaf since the age of 12, she feels sounds and rhythms through vibrations against her fingers and skin, face and bare feet. She experiences sound tactically. In her performances, there is no indication of her aural impairment. She plays with dynamics (soft and loud) and accuracy. She also plays musically, her playing is like breathing and is very fluid.

She is an expert lip reader, so does not need to do sign language. In her interviews, she'd rather talk about her music than her hearing. For her, it's old news. She plays with orchestras, choruses and other music artists throughout the world as well as playing her own solo concerts.

Ms. Glennie visits schools and gives master classes. As you can tell, she is one of my idols.

Touch the Sound
Touch the Sound

Rent this movie or buy it digitally. Well done documentary about her. Includes performances.


The Soft Pad

The Loch Ness Drum Pad

Drummers often use small drum pads to practice on when they don’t have access to a drum (or if playing a drum is too loud). I have to say this was a splurge for me, no working around that. It cost about 20.00 U.S. and an extra 20.00 to have it shipped from England. It’s one of my prized percussion possessions. The Loch Ness wooden shape has 3 small round pads on each side. I’ve photographed the colorful pad side. Each pad has it’s own resistance. One soft, one medium, one hard.


Percussion Table

During my own career playing and teaching music, the visuals have always been an inherent part of setting the mood for music play. For me, creating a visually inspiring environment for the classroom, the practice studio and stage have always been part of the music experience. Amazon photo link

My Nessie


Evelyn Glennie's performances involve many senses, the music, the stage, the way she sets up her instruments to aide the fluidity of her performance and be visually stimulating for the audience. As you listen to her in person, you may notice yourself feeling the vibrations around you.

Central Station, New York (from the documentary)

Glennie in Canada

On Sesame Street

Girls can't what??

I have experienced this, not in so many words, but many many times when I played at a new club, I got very condescending platitudes from the sound guy (yes, a guy) until I played for the sound check. Then I got the respect. I almost always had to prove myself. Which, I guess makes you tougher.In high school, I played better than most of the drummers (all boys then), but I also played flute. The band director asked if I could play flute for marching band so that a drummer that would have lost his spot to me, could still play. I kind of understood, but at the same time, it kind of wasn't right either.

The Best Christmas Present Ever!


Invented in the 60s and brought back and back over the years.

It's the sixties. The hotshot drummer lays in the jam on the TV show. Mop hair swinging, sticks slammin'. My eyes drift to his drums. Wow....time stops. The drums are SPARKLY PINK! I find out later the drum shell finish is called champagne sparkle.

When I started learning percussion in sixth grade, I thought about those drums. I got catalogs from music stores and I poured over all the cool finishes. The biggest thing in the 70s at that time was not wooden drums but acrylic shell drums in disco shades. Sorry they didn't excite me.

Sparkle Pink Persuasion

But my first love was champagne sparkle, yes I know it seems typical for a girl. But it was kind of reverse psychology for me. Girl taps her little beat on the pink drums- oh how cute. NOW tough playing girl with a backbeat that knocks your teeth into your brain playing it heavy ona pink sparkle drumset. Y'all better 'spect that girl!And guys like the finish too. Here are videos to prove it. Especially look for Lisa (the only woman listed here) who gives lessons online.

You have to work UP to champagne sparkle! - Here's good stuff to start with.

RealFeel by Evans Apprentice Pad, 7 Inch
RealFeel by Evans Apprentice Pad, 7 Inch

It's essential to have a decent pad that you can bounce the sticks off of. Of course, if someone's willing to buy you a whole drum set, might as well go for that.


My Personal Drumset History

My first drum set was actually my sister's, but she quit her lessons so I got them. They were a cheap knock-off white pearl set under the 'Star' brand.I finally dragged my Dad to a drum store and we ended up getting what they had in stock. Still good though; a black and chrome Slingerland.My last big drum purchase when I was performing in NYC was my wonderful TAMA Artstar II Power Rock Set with Amber maple-eyed wood. After downsizing to lighter rock, I sold the bass drum and converted the 18 inch floor tom into a bass drum.

Solo demonstration on a champagne sparkle drumset!

My friend Lisa, who is a fantastic drum teacher, is using blue sparkle instead of champagne for her lesson. But I'll forgive her for that, lol!

Some nice drumming on the champagne sparkle!

We are only held back by a lack of imagination and initiative. - Glennie

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      4 years ago

      I saw Evelynn Glennie play live once at a Pasic conference in the UK. Astounding woman.great lens!TJBritchops Drum Tuition

    • Kim Milai profile imageAUTHOR

      Kim Milai 

      5 years ago

      @Diana Wenzel: You can tell she is one of my idols. I'm sure you will enjoy it! :)

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      Renaissance Woman 

      5 years ago from Colorado

      Love this! I plan to rent the documentary. Extraordinary individual and topic. Thanks for writing this feature.

    • Kim Milai profile imageAUTHOR

      Kim Milai 

      5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you so much! :)

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      5 years ago

      Saw your lens featured on IMMINENT! Things That Are Round Highlight ReelNicely done!

    • Kim Milai profile imageAUTHOR

      Kim Milai 

      5 years ago

      @lesliesinclair: She is an inspiration for me. I also read somewhere she can 'hear' very low frequencies that helps her keep with other musicians.

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      5 years ago

      Interesting how the percussionist has developed her superb skill.

    • Kim Milai profile imageAUTHOR

      Kim Milai 

      5 years ago

      @GrammieOlivia: Those are beautiful words. Thank you for visiting, I'm glad you liked the lens. It's so funny, the challenges really get me thinking of subjects in a different way.

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      5 years ago

      And a willingness to be seen and heard. Walk tall, speak softly and let your heart take you to where you could and should be..........


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