I started learning how to play recently. I'm really loving it, I wish I had started years ago.

As a beginner I would be very interested to hear about others' drumming journeys.

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@Lemmy i went and did a doctorate in percussion,........ but that didn't get me very far jobwise so i'm back in school for cs lol, funnily enough i don't really play all that much anymore...

actually, i kinda less chose percussion and kinda fell backwards into it, i took piano lessons as a kid and in elementary school wanted to play clarinet but they ran out and the teacher knew i played piano and thoughts mallet instruments were close enough so stuck me in the percussion sections and then in many many years i didn't even bother thinking of switching out, i still have an affinity towards mallets instruments but i like hand drums too

@mrufrufin @Lemmy I tried learning drums during lockdown but didn't really get on with it. Didn't get too far with it but now learning konnakol which I absolutely love.

@yaxu @mrufrufin wow, wasn't aware of konnakol, sounds really interesting. I will explore that in more depth.

@yaxu @mrufrufin Some of the sounds in the first video remind me a lot of the rhythmic / percussive vocal sounds Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan makes in his music.

@yaxu @mrufrufin which reminds me, a member of my family listens to a lot of qawwali music and was inspired to buy a harmonium recently. It is a beautiful sound to hear drifting between rooms.

@yaxu @Lemmy ah nice! i have a friend who went on a fulbright to study mridangam and came back early jaded because the kids were so much better than him lol. speaking as a layperson who doesn't know any of the theory at all, i like the syncopation, the way these rhythmic phrases just flow over the beats

@mrufrufin @Lemmy Yes it's great! I'm still just clapping every 4th beat while reciting and it is great to feel around the syncopation. Interesting how it comes alive when I'm reciting from memory (or by doing the maths) rather than reading it from a score I've written out.

@yaxu @Lemmy yeah, notation can be beautiful but it's sometimes easy to forget (particularly in my life as a classical musician and reading everything from the page) that notation is just the recipe for a dish and not the dish itself and at least for me (easier said than done because i was always terrible at memorizing), reading from the recipe when playing added this extra layer of processing/abstraction (eyes -> brain to process the recipe -> arms to actuate the sounds transcribed) while being without the recipe gives you one less thing to worry about (reading the thing) and maybe the knowledge representation inside your head is a bit closer to what the sounds actually are vs what's on the page.

@mrufrufin @Lemmy Yes totally. Skipping between reciting from memory and from written score feels like a very different category of experience. I think there are interesting and varied relationships between notation and music though. Note-based staff notations constrain the music in very different ways to more generative notations. Maybe the latter is closer to 'the music itself', although I'm suspicious of the idea that there's some fundamental essence of music, or that music can be only about sound and not pattern (or vice-versa). I think music is a whole experience that takes in everything.

@mrufrufin one thing I've found so far is that I am very motivated to practice drums. I go through phases of trying to improve my piano playing and music reading, which is pretty basic, but apart from learning pieces I like, I can struggle to keep practicing.

But I find playing drums really enjoyable in itself. Maybe because I am learning a lot of things quickly and making decent progress. The learning curve will flatten out after a while.

@Lemmy hah mb. it's easier to stay motivated when you see measurable changes and all of a sudden can do things you couldn't before, but mb when the curve flattens out you can switch it up to keep things fresh? percussion is a big big world, not to mention within smaller worlds there's so many things to explore, technique, application of technique through learning written things, improvising, etc.

@Lemmy i’ve always had a fascination with percussive elements. i did some very simple drumming in a couple of art bands for a while - just a floor tom and various extra percussion elements. but recently i rediscovered tap dancing, and its potential for percussive utilisation. it’s opened a whole new door for me

@h Fantastic! I've always been attracted to tap dancing. Some of the Nicholas Brothers routines are amazing. For as long as I can remember I've done a percussive thing by snapping multiple fingers in succession, as a way of tapping out rhythms. Now I'm in the process of slowly translating some of that instinctual stuff into drumming patterns. I could imagine doing it with tap too.

@Lemmy i'm really enamoured by the work of sarah reich and dorrance dance. check this out:

@h This is great. I can't help but wonder about the possibilities of adding sensors to different parts of shoes for triggering sounds. Not to emulate a drum kit necessarily but to have control over a different sound palette.

@Lemmy yes!!!! so exciting, the possibilities. i am trying to explore contact mics + manipulating the sound signals, but midi controller pathways could be open too. i'm working with a lot of improvisational and experimental musicians locally, which is really feeding my brain on this.

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