What Does Drumming Mean To You?
Posted 25 February 2012 - 11:59 PM
I just thought I'd start a discussion concerning why we play. I've taught students to drum for a number of years and encountered a lot of different personalities, motivations and feelings about what drumming means to them. Some students enjoy drumming more lightheartedly, playing for personal enjoyment. Others play with dreams of playing on stage some day. But, there are many, many other drummers that haven't yet thought about the value of drumming or the purpose it serves in their lives.
What drumming means to us changes throughout our stages of "drum-life," but I do think it can be a very helpful motivation to identify what drumming ultimately means to you RIGHT NOW.
Right now, drumming means to me...
- Career (pay the bills and provide for my family)
- A chance to bring joy to others through teaching them to play
- Much-needed stress relief and enjoyment (no better medicine!)
- A sense of accomplishment & setting an example for my kids to chase hard after their dreams.
What does drumming mean to you?
Posted 26 February 2012 - 12:30 AM
its what i am going to do, and will be doing for a job (got some seriously good news about it) or if not palying, working with drums
its stress/anger relief, it helps control my mental illness and give my ADHD something to seriously focus on (its the ONLY thing ive been able to focus on for so long!)
its my main hobby and passion in life, and its about the only thing im passionate about.
J&B Custom Drums
eccentric drum systems (quicktorque cams, flatheadz drumhoops)
YELLOW_TOAD on 15-01 2009, 08:14:22
Bikinis should be small.....not drum sets.
Posted 26 February 2012 - 12:53 AM
Where its going to go and why I've had these drum based motivations in my life I'm uncertain.
I would like to get to the point of feeling completely at ease in front of a drum kit and hopefully one day teach others.
At the moment, I'm just enjoying the experience and the journey.
< Okay, time to go drink beer, fart, and do other manly things!>
Posted 26 February 2012 - 01:16 AM
Personal goals change all the time, what your learning is forever changing. It's got to be the most interesting thing I've ever done, I love it. At times it's REALLY frustrating but I wouldn't give it up for the world. I can honestly say hand on heart that I'll always be a drummer.
Posted 27 February 2012 - 02:40 PM
- It makes me feel alive.
- I go to band practice on a Wednesday night so it helps break up the mundane pattern of office work and gives me something to look froward to during the week.
- I love being part of a team, especailly when the resulting band is greater than the sum of the individaul parts. I get a real sense of achievement from that.
- It's actaully bought me out of my shell as well. When I started playing again about 8 years ago, I was a very timid player and would hide behind the kit and not hit the drums very hard, but now I'm rocking out loud 'n' proud on drum risers and I get into the whole live experience.
Ludwig Accent Combo kit (black)
Sabian AAX cymbals
Yamaha DT Explorer kit for Practising
Rockers Covers band: Weirdfish
Foo Fighters Tribute band: Food Fighterz
Posted 29 February 2012 - 12:05 PM
Since the mid 90's I found out there's much more to life than Metallica and much more to Drumming than I had previously realised.
Drumming is a great form of exercise for me, as well as being a great creative outlet and a break from the routine of general life.
I wish I'd had the Internet and OLD when I first saw that video!