Drum lesson tips, Ideas, Stories and Free lessons
Playing drums alone has its joys, but eventually you likely want to try it with a group. I've been playing over 45 years with groups great and small: Forty-five years of joy, excitement, disappointments, embarrassments, and more than a few triumphs. I've a few miles left in me yet too. So, let me offer some general suggestions for those looking for their first group.
Prepare to play: A review of critical skills to play in a band or orchestra
Conclusion: Be ready to play, be confident, know some tunes. Do you need to have professional skills to play? No, there is a group for everyone.
The Hunt: Where beginners can start.
For school age musicians.
A young musician goes to an audition. She is keen, she has practiced, mastered her time, learned the repertoire, paid her dues. She is ready she thinks.
The band members quiz her." Can you play 32nd note paradiddles with your feet?"
She eagerly responds, "Of course, now do I have the gig?"
"Why, I actually won a drum contest doing that."
"That's why we fired the last drummer. Guy put them everywhere"
Moral of the story. Play the song. We drummers are accompanists. Remember Buddy Rich had to start his own band.
If you'd like me to help you on your journey, call me.
Part 2 of finding people to play drums with.
The big leagues: Toronto at age 55
At the Jamie Aebersold jazz workshop in Louisville Kentucky I met a drummer from Toronto. When I arrived in Toronto, I looked him up and found that he ran a jam session on Thursday nights in the garage behind his business in the East end of Toronto. I joined in for about a year. What a great bunch of folks.
My new Toronto jazz drum teacher recommended me to some friends who were looking for a drummer for their classic rock trio that he was retiring from. I spent the next couple of years playing with that band every Wednesday night until the untimely death of our bassist. We played regularly at open mikes around Toronto and even a street festival one summer. Rock On!
Then I found that one of my new students ran a jazz jam session every Thursday night just around the corner from where I lived. Now this story is going to get truly funny.
What to do if you are a Newbie
A decade of playing the drums I've learned a thing or two about finding other musicians to play with.
1st some prerequisites
Now let's go hunting.
David Story, drummer, pianist, online music teacher