You sound like me! Hope you're enjoying it all. Are you taking lessons? I've been on this board a long time, but haven't posted for a while. If nothing else, it's a good place to meet others who are just starting out…"
"Hi there Jessica
Long time since been in touch on this website. Thank you for your previous comments. No I didn't do Guildhall Grades. This would have been a few hundred miles move to south GB so didn't go there!!…"
"Hi there Jessica
How you doin gal? Thanks for the lovely message. Hope your drummin is still groovin along. What you up to? Playing in any bands just now? I'm dividing my time between 2 bands just now. Always enjoyin groovin (can't beat a…"
I figured since I was logged on I'd forego the e-mail and just post. I found out I could rent the "band practice room" at the drum store in Pennsylvania for only $15 an hour so I will not go into withdrawal while…"
I've loved the drums since I was a toddler, and used to play on anything that didn't move. For different reasons, I didn't get on a kit til I was 27, in graduate school. I loved it so much I was tempted to take a leave to study drums!
I've just started playing out; I've done a few open mics with the same band at a local coffee house.
Describe Your Drum Kit:
I'm selling the Gretsch because it's too heavy to take to gigs. I'm sad to see it go!
Taye RockPro in dark blue
12" high tom
14" floor tom
Orange County snare 13in
Zildjian cymbals: 13" Armand Hi Hats, 21" Sweet Ride, 14" ZHT crash
Dave Girabaldi, Steve Gadd, Bobby Columby, the "old school" soul drummers from the 70s
I listen to a lot of old soul music, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Tower of Power, rock
Hey Jessica, no I really never played professionally. You can go to http://www.themusicianfinder.com This might be helpful. Now remember rural doesn't mean abandoned. Gretchen Wilson came from a very small town. Ambition, dedication and hard work though. Bass players have always been hard to find & keep. Good luck!
Hi Jessica, Yeah Rudiments are the fundamentals. I'm 44 soon to be 45 and was heavily involved on another drummers site, but was really the only active female and things got to be pretty heavy..Great Guys, But certain things got in the way.. anyway I learned a ton from them..and miss them so much, but I can't go back, so I'm ttrying to find a place where I can chat drums and feel safe.
If you have any questions at all, I do all I can to help. Melinda
Yes. I've seen the electronic ones and they will def be a good choice if I can use headphones! I am pretty sure my neighbors will be a little upset if I start jamming in the middle of the night. Thank you very much for everything! TTYL
have you ever heard of Pauline Oliveros? She's an amazing composer who developed Deep Listening as a creative practice for musicians and others who want to expand creativity/consciousness through listening and related practices. The Deep Listening website is: www.deeplistening.org
There are lots of Deep Listeners in california. you can join the DL google group to get in touch with them.
happy new year!
jessica - you are a good player! your hand drumming skills are really impressive and you have a great sense of rhythm... yeah, ask away - i need to think about what i'm learning as well, and it helps to analyze the whys and hows.
i'm ear trained as well - i'm so glad of that - i think it's much more important than reading, though we need to read as well.
when you were playing on the video with the bongos, were you improvising?
do you know of the Born to Drum camp? i'm thinking of registering this year, and am looking for feedback from people who have attended... google it - i can't remember the website address - born to drum.something (net or org)
I think everyone is doing something different, but I guess largely it's probably based on what is in their muscle memory when they are improvising solos - so yeah, rudiments and beats (or rhythmic feels - grooves) would probably be the norm for soloing.
Soloing has never been my strength - I like playing WITH people, but folks are impressed by the crazy busy soloing.
Do you play in a band? I think that's really the key to getting out of your head and in to your body (feeling it).
If you aren't playing with anyone, I suggest finding some friends to play with. Don't worry about your skill level - people are always looking for drummers and you have lots to offer both technically and creatively. Any band would be lucky to have you with your interest in hand and stick percussion and the experience you have in all types of rhythms and feels.
let me know if you are ever in NC!