I’ve noticed that I haven’t said much about my drumming experience on here, so here I go…
I started playing the drums when I was 12. My uncle gave a few lessons here and there, but when I joined the school jazz band club I really started to pick it up. The excitement and passion that comes with playing an instrument really moved me. I started listening to a bunch of different kinds of music just so I could pick out the drum parts and try to play them. When I got into high school, I tried out for the drumline and managed to get the second snare position. I only did marching band for half the year because I transferred to another school. At my new school, I played in the concert band for one year and got some experience playing a ton of percussion instruments. I’d like to think of myself as a well-rounded percussionist because of my different experiences.
My favorite genres to play are funk, punk and jazz, and I especially love improv jam sessions.
The first set I had was actually my uncle’s. He let me use it all throughout middle school and high school. It was an old five-piece Ludwig set from the early 90s with a metallic silver finish. I had one ride, hi-hats, one splash, two crash, one china and a couple of cowbells. I added on some rotary toms, an extra snare (that sounded super damp) and an electronic drum pad. Man, do I miss that set. Unfortunately my then uncle is now my…well…former uncle, so I can’t visit my baby anymore.
Now, all I have is a basic Alesis electronic set to practice on. If anyone has a full acoustic set to donate to a financially-struggling college student, let me know!
Tell me about your drumming experience in the comment section below.