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Old 01-31-2014, 08:33 PM
Mike_In_KC Mike_In_KC is offline
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Default I am Mike from Kansas City

I have posted quite a bit lately and forgot to introduce myself. My name is Humpty - pronounced with an Umpty... just kidding.

Short version:

46 year old from Kansas City. Married with a 14 yr old daughter. Playing since August of 2013. Completely obsessed with the drums. Taking lessons.

Long Version:

I am a 46 year old guy from the suburbs of Kansas City. I am married with a 14 year old daughter. With a 14 year old girl I needed a hobby that allowed me to "expel aggression' we'll say. Drums were the perfect fit.

I have always been enamored with drums and tried twice previously to learn. I took maybe five lessons as a 12 year old boy. My teacher was a grouchy old guy who never let me on a kit and used to yell at me when I could not get something right - so I quit. Probably the biggest mistake of my drumming life. I took another stab at drums in my late 20's but my "teacher" quit working with me after I learned a basic rock beat on his kit, saying I had all I needed.... With no place to play and no money for a kit I again "retired".

Fast forward to last summer - I found a 7 piece Gretsch Catalina Maple kit on Craigslist for $500. My thought was that if I invested enough cash into it I would be forced to learn. It worked. I bought Zildjian ZBT cymbals, hat, crash and ride, invited a drummer friend over to help me tune and away I went. I found my teacher online a month ago or so and have been taking weekly hour long sessions since. He is a wonderful teacher, listening to me babble about things I find on the internet and patiently guiding me through his lessons. Right now we are working out of the book "Progressive Steps to Syncopation for the Modern Drummer", incorporating exercises on triplets into fills with different beats. I practice rudiments daily for the first 20 - 30 minutes of any practice session and am attracted to the repetitive nature - it pleases my brain it seems to play the same thing over and over with a metronome. I dunno - I find myself "checking out" for a while and it feels good.

I talk too much on here - but it is just an extension of my excitement for being part of the drummer club. I love the posts on here and have gleaned so much knowledge already that sometimes my head feels like it will explode. OK my novel is over - thanks to anyone who read the whole thing! Please continue to be patient with me - I hope to be one of the drummers who grows up in front of everyone one day.

Thanks -

Mike
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