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The Role of the Percussionist

“Why do you want to play the drums?” or “What made you decide to learn how to play the drums?” are questions I pose to my pupils during their first class. “I like the way they sound” or “they look cool” are typically the replies. It’s possible that a family member performed them. Occasionally, the reply is, “I’m very skilled at Guitar Hero!” Every now and then, I receive the reply, “I don’t know?” Almost never is the explanation—fill in the blank—that they were influenced by the type of music they enjoy listening to. I’ve included percussion and percussionists in my definition of “drums” and “drummers” for the sake of this article. read more

Musician
The Percusionist’s Role

“Why do you want to play the drums?” For example, I ask my students on their first lesson, “What made you decide to learn how to play the drums?” Usually, the responses are something like “I like how they sound” or “they look cool.” Perhaps a family member carried them out. Sometimes the response is, “I’m really good at Guitar Hero!” I occasionally get the response, “I don’t know?” The excuse that they were influenced by the kind of music they like to listen to is almost never the case. For the sake of this article, I’ve defined “drums” and “drummers” to include percussion and percussionists. read more