In 1965 at 9 years old I had one of those slanted wooden practice pads with a square piece of rubber on it. At 10 I got a ZimGar snare and at 11 I got a Sears Drum Set with my initials on the bass drum.
@Hollywood Jim this sounds very similar to me. My mom sang, and my dad guitar. I can vividly remember as early as 3 years old falling asleep (or trying to) while the band rehearsed downstairs rock and pop tunes from the era. Got my first child’s kit when I was 7 and real kit (Tama) at 11. By then I had a stepdad (awesome drummer) who taught me the basics and more. Definitely helped having a musical family.I started playing the drums on an every day basis around 9 years old. But here is something to think about. I was in my mom's tummy while my Mom and Dad were on the bus traveling the country with the Ted Fio Rito Band. My Mom was a singer and my Dad was the drummer. So before I was born, I was picking up the musical vibe from a bus full of musicians and the rhythmic movements of the bus........ LOL
Ahhh. That makes sense why I used one back in HS. We had canvas straps underneath our uniforms which we hooked to the marching snare, they tilted some but probably not quite as much as the pad. Nothing as fancy as the tri toms which had built in harnesses.slant of a marching snare...for traditional grip
Haha that’s fabulous and the likeness is striking.So many have voiced others in family "musical" could that hint at "genetic"????
I've traced my family genealogy, initially with written record, but now genetic to my Last Universal Common Ancestor who likely played drums and turns out he was a first generation Modern man/Neanderthal hybrid. That's a big drum stick in his hand. Apparently evidence indicates both modern humans and Neanderthals could sing and dance so I could get it from both sides of family tree. Apparently the anatomical abilities arose 1.5 million years ago and the "common ancestral code" common to music and language arose 1 million years ago. So likely Homo Erectus that also harnessed fire, made boats, were also in stages of language and music evolution since it appears erectus, denisovans, neanderthals (and/or heidelbergenses), floresienses, and sapiens were in stages of language and music evolution. Weird since music is thought to have no "evolutionary advantage" yet likely so common in hominid lineage-make me think the "thinking" has been wrong LOL. Seems music is "essential" to humans doesn't it. And yet..................................................................................................................................................
Ahhh. That makes sense why I used one back in HS. We had canvas straps underneath our uniforms which we hooked to the marching snare, they tilted some but probably not quite as much as the pad. Nothing as fancy as the tri toms which had built in harnesses.
Based on what I've seen on DW everything is unusual . Seriously, it does seem like people are all over the board with respect to their starting point. Having said that, like everything in life it seems 'easier' to learn when younger (hence the phrase 'you can't teach an old dog new tricks'). But just because it might be easier to learn as a younger person, that is irrelevant to anyone who has the desire and drive to be as good as they want to be.I started when I was 40. Is that unusual?
Nice! It does appear however that the ? might be tough to reach...?