There’s something about music that enables me to experience life more deeply. I immerse myself in it any way I can: listening to music on high end stereo systems, singing or performing with bands at church or with friends…there are many ways to let it in. Fifteen years ago I took guitar lessons for just six weeks because that’s all my parents could afford. Soon after, I enrolled in band class at my high school and began playing the cornet. My embouchure wasn’t coming together, so my band teacher moved me to the baritone horn. I remained with this instrument (aside from a couple of short stints on the trombone and tuba) for the remainder of high school and into college. Thus ended my formal music education.
So, a few weeks ago I bought a drum set. I did this because I’ve been drumming as a hobby (hand drums and kit) off and on for the last decade (in between playing horns for school etc.), and realized it behooved me to begin taking it more seriously. Professional lessons and practicing regularly are part of this plan, as I’m completely self-taught and fear that I’m likely riddled with poor drumming technique and/or habits.
Here’s what my current set consists of:
Dixon Demon 5-piece shell pack
Sabian AAX Stage Performance 16″ crash, 20″ ride, 14″ hi-hats
Evans G1 heads (these will probably be my first replacement)
For fun I recorded a drum cover of Incubus – Drive.