The 2020 competition season is officially over. Covid-19 is real, and at the moment we must all play our new part of physical distancing as to not further spread this new and unknown virus. While many of our beloved summer events are canceled as a result, how are we to continue playing and progressing our ensembles? With so much uncertainty, is it even possible or responsible to worry about piping or drumming? Not only is the immediate answer, “Yes”, but doing what we love to do is much more critical to sustaining our personal health and well-being during this period then we might realize.
We’re all searching for a new balance in our new lives, so here are 5 ways to keep progressing your music without the luxury of live performance. Let’s count-down in order of importance. Number 1 is a game changer.
Well before quarantines, lots of folks struggled with making time...
I feel good about my Buzz Stroke progress! I’d been feeling rather clumsy and slow for a bit, and ending up taking a couple of days off. That cold wasn’t helping either.
About five minutes into my return it all fell into place.
For some reason, a drum roll or buzz roll seems like real progress, more than the tap, tap, tap of previous exercises. I do understand progress on those “taps” lead to progress on the buzz roll, but this feels like a big step forward, emotionally. This is starting to feel like “real” drumming.
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For any future challenges on this journey I need to remember that progress isn’t a steady line. Recognizable progress can come in fits and starts sometimes.
Let’s get an uncomfortable truth out of the way here.
When I first saw a pipe band drum corps, I was thrown off by how ‘disorderly’ it seemed. I was blown away by what I was hearing, but there was this little voice nagging at me saying things like:
“What’s the deal with all of them shaking their sticks to the beat?”
“What the hell is wrong with their hands?”
"Why are they all looking down at someone else's drum?”
“Why do they start their strokes like marimba players? ”
You see uh… Well... I mean….
Look, I think get it now, but (and not to belabor this point) a HUGE part of my musical training as a DCI-style American Drummer was concerned with...