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Old 12-11-2008, 08:32 PM
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All my life, I was surrounded by music. My grandpa got me into drums once i saw him playing on a 1972 Ludwig Vistalite "tequila sunrise" kit. But once he passed away, i lost my passion to play drums till i was at a Avenged Sevenfold concert and the drummer "The Rev" some how inspired me again. And after i had been talkign about it, my grandma told me she didn't sell the Ludwig because no one wanted it, my face lit up once i saw it again at the age of thirteen, im fifteen now and have moved onto a PDP X7 series set so i dont end up killing the Ludwig lol. But i do occasionally get on that set and play around.
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Old 12-11-2008, 09:03 PM
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i had always wanted to play an instrument it was always between drums and guitar.

my brother got a guitar 1 christmas and loved it so i decided i wanted some drums got them for my birthday in march after a long period of pleading.
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Old 12-12-2008, 10:37 PM
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I played guitar for about 2 years and when I was 12, my brother purchased a drum set. I ended up picking up on how to play and got better than him!
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Old 12-13-2008, 04:35 AM
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While watching Keith Moon, playing My Generation.

Bill Ward, playing War Pigs.

Roger Taylor, drumming Now I'm Here. and Sheer Heart Attack.

Ian Paice, The Mule.

John Bonham, Moby Dick.

I was a toddler by then, practising with 2 pencils on a cushion.
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Old 12-13-2008, 04:52 AM
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What started me playing drums was walking into a music store in Australia in the early 80s and seeing a silver 5-piece Tama Swingstar set with Paiste 101 cymbals on sale for $600. I was transfixed by it, saved up my money from my first job and bought it.

The general response was amazement that I could hammer out some solid rock beats as soon as I set it up, without any lessons or experience.

That was the beginning of Mick's Folly.

For mostly sentimental reasons, I'm still a Tama/Paiste guy.

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Old 12-19-2008, 12:47 AM
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When I was like 9 my bro started the drums and taught me a ton! He ended up quitting and I just kept going with it!
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Old 12-23-2008, 04:58 AM
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This thread is a thread about the "HOW" that got you into to drums.....I would like to know.....

Music- ( The music and bands who got you into drums)
Drummer- (The drummer who got you into the drums)
Person- ( A specific person you know who got/helped get you into drums)
Style- ( The style you enjoy playing most on drums)
Inspirations- ( Anything that inspired you to play in the first place and keep on playing to the best of your abilities).

Music: During my senior year in high school (Birmingham High, Van Nuys, CA), our school sponsored concerts during school hours, so we could go see a group for one period. We had Sam and Dave, the Association, The Bobby Fuller Four, and then at a year end concert in about May of 1967 we had a concert in our football stadium opened by the Cyrkle, the Yellow Balloon, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, the Peanut Butter Conspiracy, and featuring the Doors and the Jefferson Airplane. I was hooked on LA and San Francisco sound of the late 60s. Especially the Grateful Dead.
Drummer Bill Kreutzmann/Grateful Dead, particularly between 1971 and 1973 when Mickey Hart wasn't playing with them
Person Dennis Kissick, an ethnomusicology major at UCLA, lead guitar in my first band, and still a good friend; and Bob Levey, my drum teacher and son of jazz great Stan Levey
StyleLA and SF Rock, Blues, blues based rock, jazz (thanks to Bob; whether he drilled me in hand-to-hand or independence, it always felt like jazz)
InspirationWow, it just feels so good to do a good job, when the band kicks it into gear and everybodies jumpin' . It just doesn't get any better. The endorphines are flowing and there's a big s**t eating grin on yer face. I get to be part of something bigger than me.
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Old 12-23-2008, 05:31 AM
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Music- Started off listening to Led Zeppelin, BB King, and Phil Keaggy then moved straight into 70's and retro funk (Average White Band), Christian and Contemporary (U2, Coldplay, etc), then into swing, and now i'm moving into the experimental/avant garde jazz ideology.
Drummer- Bonham, Weckl, Will Champion... nowadays Vinnie Colaiuta, Elvin, Peter Erskine, some Steve Gadd
Person- I went into my high school jazz band thinking I was the drum king, and was hugely embarassed by the drummer they already had, who was out-of-this-world. He kept great time and had mind-blowing chops. He gave me free drum lessons during band every day for 2 years. It was great.
Style- Definitely jazz, but the full spectrum of it...ranging from New Orleans Funk, to afro-cuban, to straight-ahead swing, avant garde, and the fusiony side of it all.
Inspirations- the fascination I have with all aspects of music, all kinds of music, and all kinds of percussions.
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Old 12-28-2008, 04:41 AM
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Old 12-28-2008, 01:21 PM
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Simply seeing my first drum kit and hearing how kool they sounded :)
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Old 12-29-2008, 06:02 AM
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oh man, i really like music, as far as i remember i been always taking class of something (music related), and when i was in the school band i played the trombon and i really like the drumline snares, but never got a chance to play that instrument, when there was an opening in my church to play the drums thats when i started, that was like 17 or 18 years ago...
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Old 01-03-2009, 12:44 AM
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Well, the school band was during it's yearly search for members, b/c our band out here doesnt start til the 7th grade. I couldent really do anything else, but the teacher noticed I could easily keep any pattern she tried to get me to play. She had me go over to percussion and it was too easy. Eventually I learned to play the set for one of our performances and then I just bought my own cruddy set after that. The rest, is history =p
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Old 01-03-2009, 04:54 AM
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I always tapped around with pencisl and pens making random shitty rythms, so i figured i'g like to hit some real drums. I was in army cadets at the time, i joined a military band for summer camps (i can say i went to "band camp" hahaha) and started with the marching snare. a kevlar headed single snared premier, it took a week to get the open rolls down pat and only got better from there. i played marching snare for about 4 years before i even touched a full kit, then finally got a shitty beginner kit, and now i'm on the total of 7 years in the field since starting snare. drums are the shit!!
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Old 01-08-2009, 01:52 PM
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i played guitar, wanted to be in a band but there were no drummers anywhere, got offered a crappy drum kit for free, thought "meh i'll do it myself" so i did. got lessons, practiced every night for about 6 months, got ok at it. then had to give it up cos i moved to a block of flats full of miserable people who complain and call the police alot. so here i am 2 years later, still playing guitar with a fleeting drum knowledge, wanting to be in a band but theres no drummers anywhere. i feel i've advanced
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Old 01-23-2009, 11:19 PM
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As a kid I always liked the drum corps. in parades that's how I first became interested. When I was in the 6th grade the music teacher came around looking for kids to join the music class. Orginally I wanted to play the Saxophone but they were all taken so she put me on snare drum. I feel in love with the drums right there and then. I begged my mom and dad to buy me a kit and eventually they did. The rest is pretty much history.
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Old 01-28-2009, 12:02 AM
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A neighbor that lived down the street from me when I was about 6 or 7 played drums and would let me play his kit sometimes. Since then I've been hooked. Besides my Dad hated the noise (added bonus for any teenager)
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Old 01-28-2009, 02:53 AM
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My music in general got me started initially, Rush, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles. I got interested in Rock Band, bought it, played the drums, got pretty good at them, and decided I was ready to dedicate myself to playing the real deal.
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Old 01-28-2009, 03:10 AM
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From the earliest time that I can remember I would attempt to bang out the beats that I heard on the radio with anything that I could find. One eve while I was staying up late with a baby sitter. (It was the sixties and I was about seven) I saw Buddy Rich play on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. I knew at that moment that I was hooked. I just had to play. I asked my parents to let me take drum lessons the next day. They wouldn't go for it. A few years later I joined a local Drum and Bugle Corps. I was able to raise the small amount of money for dues and get lessons that way. (I was in seventh grade then) I cut lawns in my neighborhood to get cash for a used kit and lessons at a local music store. I will never play like BR, but I will die trying.
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Old 02-06-2009, 05:02 PM
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Music- probably Aerosmith, althought there were no "I wanna be a drummer!" -bands for me
Drummer- Myself, after some time I started to worship (yes :D) Gavin Harrison and still do.
Person- My music teacher when I was 10, he just simply said during one of our very regular music lessons that I'd be on drums today and I was like why not. Simple start yes.
Style- Probably funk, althought I do enjoy playing nearly everything on drums.
Inspirations- The support I get from my parents and friends, and the fact that whenever I record myself playing I can see some progress happening, oh and of course Gavin :D
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Old 02-06-2009, 11:17 PM
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In 3rd grade we had an assembly where the students had to sign up for an instrument to play. I wanted drums but I was too late in signing up so I chose saxophone. I remember my dad playing a Buddy Rich album from time to time and I loved his drum solo on it. I would keep asking him to put it on and play it over and over. I think I'd always wanted to play but didn't start til I was 15 when I realized I really had to start.
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Old 02-07-2009, 03:13 AM
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That ONE fill in Stairway to Heaven.

it still gets me, every time.
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Old 02-08-2009, 05:53 AM
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I got started playing on my sunlight kit playing to rob zombie and metallica.
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Old 02-13-2009, 02:30 PM
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Grade 6, the school was starting a band program. My best friend and I at the time decided to join, we wanted to sit together so we picked the trombone. I thought it would be easy, cause there's only 7 positions.

A few months later, I started hanging out with another dude, he played snare. It looked like fun hanging out at the back of the room, so I switched up. We had learned to read rhythms while playing trombone, so without having to play a note to those rhythms, I found it easier. The rest is history.

I think what made me realize that I wanted to pursue music further, was a gig we played in high school, we opened up for "The Waltons", (anybody?), our gymnasium was packed with about 500 kids, just loving our tunes. There was a girl standing at the front of the audience who was a fan of our band, she was singing along to one of our tunes and that's when it hit me. I saw how much enjoyment she was getting and became a huge high for me. I've been chasing that high ever since. I kinda get it every now and again when we've got a club full of people dancing, but nothing has compared to that moment when I saw the huge smile on her face and the happiness in her eyes.

It's always about a girl, isn't it?
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Old 02-13-2009, 06:28 PM
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Hmmm...


That's odd. I could've sworn I had posted on this thread before, but I checked EVERY page and...whata' ya know...NOT ONCE! I would've thought I had. Anyway...

At the definite fact of repeating myself, it was seeing Buddy on the Tonight Show, in the early 70's, that planted the seed for me. I'll never forget the feeling I had when I saw him play. I was in absolute awe watching him. I was about 10 years old at the time, and it was the first time that I can remember being totally into what I was witnessing. WOW!

And about 5 years later... hearing "Freewill", from Permanent Waves(Neil Peart), and just realizing THIS is what I want to do as much as possible...play the drums.

That about sums it up. ;-)
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Old 02-28-2009, 10:45 AM
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Music-The Who
Drummer- Most likely Keith Moon
Person-The drum teacher at my school :-)
Style-Rock, metal
Inspirations-You know the scene in Wayne's World where Garth does that drum solo in the music shop? Probably that :-P
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Old 03-01-2009, 04:02 AM
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Music- The first band of which I appreciated the drums was System of a Down. SOAD was also the first band which I learned to properly appreciate besides lyrics. Then I rediscovered Rush from my childhood, and got to know Neil's sexy beats. (I probably would never have learned to appreciate Rush if it weren't for SOAD, honestly.)

Drummer- Neil Peart. Enough said.

Person- My dad, who is a guitarist, and once played drums in his time. (I have his sticks.)

Style- My home style is hard rock, but I want to expand into jazz, blues, African folk and reggae.

Inspirations- At the same time I was rediscovering Rush, I was playing piano. I am a crappy pianist and composer. Then I realized that while my melodic compositions may suck, they all have interesting beats to them. Then I figured I would make a better percussionist than any other musician.

I also had visions of myself in the Limelight, pulling stunts like playing an entire tour leg blindfolded, playing with one arm tied behind my back, etc. I've always wanted to be the sort of person other people look up to. I'm a self-centered person by nature, but instead of calling myself selfish, I want to put that to good use and inspire other people, and I figured drumming and drawing would be the way to do it.
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Old 03-12-2009, 12:39 PM
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When I was 5, I bought a record for the 1st time. Phil Collins, No Jacket Required. Pretty Kick "A" album for a five year old to cut his teeth upon. After the first side of the record I was in trouble for dragging my mom's pots/pans and wooden spoons out. I still like the record!
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Old 03-16-2009, 03:43 PM
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Music- 60s R&B, Rock n Roll, Soul,
Drummer- Keith Moon
Person- Everyone who's ever put an ad in the classifieds saying Drummer Wanted
Style- Learning style
Inspirations- At the moment I'm listening for inspiration... to... The Who, early High Numbers stuff, The Pretty Things, Rolling Stones, and The Kingsmen's "Louie Louie."
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Old 03-23-2009, 11:27 PM
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Hey im new here :D

Music: Definatly Dream Theater (Mike Portnoy is just amazing imo), Rush, Spocks Beard and some more
Drummer: Mike Portnoy, Neil Peart
Person: Mike Portnoy pretty much inspired me to take the drum seriously, along with Neil Peart
Style: Prog Rock drumming mainly, Metal and Rock

Ever since I was little I always like tapping to the beats of songs, but never really considered getting a kit. I did have Bongos which was pretty much as close as I could get. Last year in August I finally got my first kit and still building it, I play alot on the kit at school which has a double pedal and Im thinking of adding 2nd bass drum to my kit at home as I think overall it would look alot better than just a double pedal (I know I know.. but the look of the kit motivates me), anyway things are going well! Only been playing for 7months and can play alot of Dream Theater stuff. My fav thing to play is Octavarium by Dream Theater, Ill be posting vids on my YouTube account and Ill tell you guys when I do. I also play Piano. :D
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Old 03-26-2009, 11:37 PM
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. tommy lee....i heard wildside back when it waz new and i waz like thats gonna be me one day. so i got a kit started bangin the crap outta them. i played em so hard i waz buying skins every 2 weeks. and it didnt take long b4 the lugs wore out i waz drumless.. 4 a couple wks.....anywayz, iv been playin ever since..

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Old 03-26-2009, 11:55 PM
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Music - Has to be the founders of metal e.g Metallica (Lars Ulrich), Iron Maiden (Nicko Mcbrain), Black Sabbath (Bill Ward) etc etc

Drummer - Torn between two. Lars Ulrich of Metallica and John Bonham of Led Zeppelin.

Person - My dad once had a band and was telling me about it once. Also a friend from school, who started in about Year 3 or something, and I started in like Year 6. Much better than him now nevertheless :D.

Style - About 90% rock and metal, with also some work on funk. I don't know why I never got into Jazz drumming. I have an Art Blakey CD with the Jazz Messengers and I love it, it's amazing. But I never really got into it.

Inspirations - Fast paced stuff eg Slayer (Dave Lombardo), DragonForce (Dave Mackintosh) and some of Nicko Mcbrain with Iron Maiden. I also think Joey Jordison of Slipknot is amazing, and again Lars from Metallica.
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Old 03-27-2009, 12:56 AM
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At first, I started playing acoustic guitar, but after a few months of practicing hard, and still being bad at it, I saw that strings just aren't my thing; Yet, I wanted to make music, to be a part of a band. I tried drums, and instantly fell in love with them. So I would say I started to play out of curiosity which instrument would suit me best. Trial and error. I missed only once :)
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The defining moment that made me a drummer:
Really didn't have anything to do with me wanting to become a musician, I
actually was a writer and an artist.

But one of my best friends and I were sitting in my room listening to Boston.
Just joking around I sat on the edge of my bed and started to play air-drums.
Since he was a guitarist I didn't want to take his air-guitar solo. I played through
a good part of the song and noticed he was just kinda looking at me with a
sort of strange grin. Then as soon as the song ended he excitingly piped up
and said "Man It Really Looked Like You Were Playing That Song...You should
get a drum kit!" I was like...'really?'..."Yeah definately!" he replied.
So that week we found someone with a used drum kit for $40. 4 months later
I purchased my first Tama kit with my graduation money. Still using the
Avanti hi-hats and Sonor crash from the $40 kit for 5yrs. And i've been playing
ever since...never taking more than few days off in between when I was new and
frustrated.

Looking back I wish I never used the Sonor cymbal. I ended up breaking
it, and not knowing what I had back then was a vintage piece that would be
nearly impossible to replace.
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Old 03-30-2009, 05:18 PM
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Music- Skynyrd, Clapton, Hendrix, a lil bit of Sabbath

Drummer- The Rev. Tholomew Plague

Person- probably my father, he is really musically talented.

Style- more of a metalhead then anything. i know how to play jazz and some punk too

Inspirations- Anything from Judas Priest to Buddy Rich
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Old 04-01-2009, 10:32 PM
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I remember as a kid that my mom would let me stay up late (on a school night) to watch Buddy Rich on the Tonight Show. He was always amazing. That's when I knew that I wanted to play. Of course time has passed and life as gotten in the way...and I'm finally back to do love.
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Old 04-01-2009, 11:18 PM
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Music - Zeppelin, Yardbirds, Foo Fighters (yah..thats odd)

Drummer - I'm currently digging Stanton Moore

Person - God himself who gave me this constant need to bang, tap, stomp, and slap on anything within arms length because I certainly didn't get it from my parents.

Style - Early rock and blues

Inspirations - My son. I want to be able to give this to him. And teach him that even in the hardest times of his life, never give up on the things you love.
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Old 04-02-2009, 02:24 PM
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My older brother got a drum set for his birthday and only played for about a month then lost interest in it so I started playing it. That was 40 years ago.
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Old 04-02-2009, 02:33 PM
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I can't remember. :(

I think it had something to do with a previous crush of mine who said she liked drums. Either that or it was a drum at the Yamaha at the nearby mall that caught my eye :)
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Watching music videos of Pinoy rock artists... I've always wanted a drum kit but couldn't afford one, so I gave up. Then Rock Band came out... :P
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Old 04-24-2009, 12:17 PM
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Man i'll never forget what got me into drumming. I was walking home from school one day with my mate and he turned to me and said i'm learning bass guitar and i want to start a band. I was like cool. He said to me, 'will you learn drums?' and i said yeah and the more i thought of the prospect, the more i liked it. So the day after i sat behind the kit and had no idea what to do. A girl i knew had learned rock 4 and showed me the basic beat so i tried it. I couldn't put the bass drum in right away so i remember playing this beat without a bass drum for a good few weeks. But i would sit in the music block every night and play drums when i eventually did put the bass drum in, some incredible feeling came over me that i was accomplishing something great even though it's so basic now. Then i started to teach myself individual things like open hi-hats and fills and i would make sure that i got the beat i wanted before i left to go home. A few drummers who got lessons in school showed me some more basic stuff which i played for a while but when i got to a certain point i just rocketed and 1 and a half years later i thought that what i could play was great, then 2 new guys came into to school and showed me stuff, i was blown away and it made me realise that i knew nothing in comparison to what they did which just fed my hunger to learn more. 5 years later and i'm still teaching myself and it is the best thing in the world.
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