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Taking Drum Lessons to Concentrate

If anyone recalls/remembers my posts (which are all self-centered) I am here to report I am playing/practicing drums... after 40 years of playing without feeling what I was doing I am FINALLY getting it! I am reading music, taking lessons and struggling to focus. Then WHAM I am in a zone. This is amazing. Many drummers are very spiritual, Tony Williams was Buddhist along side Herbie Hancock. I created an area where nothing external can touch me. I refrain from iPhone or any tech interruptions. I study the masters and how they practiced. Gavin Harrison (King Crimson/Porcupine Tree) was locked in a studio 5 day a week for 5 hours with no interruptions. The owner of the studio said Gavin could use the studio but it had to be locked until it was used at night. What this means is I found a way!!! Doing my Happy Dance-PEACE



  • Sounds good. <3

  • Drums are good, but my ears can't handle it very well. It has become the ukulele for me. Be it uke, drums, sax, oboe, zither, song, is magical. Once you open to it, it floods in and out, filling with such wondrous peace and joy and unity with our being and the world around us.

    Peace to you
    Peace to all

  • I am trying to start each day with a lesson or rudiment over and over. It takes time to get all the crap out of my head to keep in time and follow the chart. I will then go back several times a day. At this point my concentration is the snare only. Once I can play fluidly with snare charts I can move what I have learned to the rest of the kit. Music has always been the soul of my existence.

  • silversilver In the beginning there was nothing, and then it exploded. USA, Left coast. Veteran

    Yeah! Music IS magical to our spirits...I've always felt that, as well.
    Reminds me of this old standard:
    I don't want to work
    I want to bang on the drum all day
    I don't want to play
    I just want to bang on the drum all day
    I can do this all day


  • BexMBexM U.K. New

    This post made me laugh. I've been playing the guitar for years, but just lately I've really wanted to start playing the drums. For some reason I've always seen myself as more of a drummer than a guitarist. Anyway, last night I cautiously approached the subject with my husband about whether I could maybe learn. I then suggested I get a second hand drum kit for Christmas. I suspected he would not be keen but he said yeah! I was thinking he'd say that he wasn't keen due to noise and where it would go, but he's up for it! I'm so excited!
    SO, when I logged into NB (for the first time in weeks) and saw a post about drumming, I smiled and just knew it was the confirmation I needed

  • Drums. The first musical instrument. The unsung heroes of the band.

  • JeroenJeroen Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter Netherlands Veteran

    About the intersection of drumming and guitars... I always thought these two were very cool

  • KundoKundo Sydney, Australia Veteran

    I'm a bass player and drummer so rock on.

    My daughter plays Taiko drums. Simply awesome but I'll be buggered if I'll buy her any for home :lol:

  • CinorjerCinorjer Veteran
    edited December 2016

    And of course no discussion of drummers can be complete without mentioning some of the greats, like Neil Peart who jammed with many a band.

  • BexMBexM U.K. New

    How many drums ?!!!

  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    You'd think he'd have a swivel stool....!

  • @BexM said:
    How many drums ?!!!

    Yeah, I imagine the stage crew responsible for setting him up is a bit overworked.

  • I don't work and do bang on my drum all day.

  • 33_333_3 Veteran

    I added a 4 piece to my drum set up. Made it on the cheap to play harder things. It also helps to focus on less and do more...

  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    So... How close ARE the neighbours, exactly....? :D

  • 33_333_3 Veteran
    edited January 2017

    @federica said:
    So... How close ARE the neighbours, exactly....? :D

    I keep the doors closed and installed bass traps in all 4 corners. It can get loud but most time is spent on snare lessons. When I get frustrated during a lesson I do put on some James Brown of Manfred Mann's Earthband and release tension...Ha Ha
    Neighbors are not that close. I actually met my new neighbor one day when he knocked on the door to tell me he liked my playing... (He is an old classic rock guy ) :)

  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    Good for you @33_3. Always good to find something you're passionate about to focus on. Keep it up! I am happy for you.

  • 33_333_3 Veteran
    edited January 2017

    People say I do not smile enough. Here are shots with some drummers I know. All big name

    Joe Farnsworth with McCoy Tyner

    The "Jeff Hamilton" Diana Krall's go to drummer

    Dave Turncranztz, Drummer with Russian Circles (Amazing Post Metal)

    Besides taking gig photos (mostly drumporn) I play a bit

  • Wonderful. <3
    Thanks for sharing.

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