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I was shocked when Tom asked me to learn playing drum. We don’t have any drum. I think learning percussion is something natural and everybody will be able to do it as we just need to follow a song. In addition, I wasn’t also convinced with what he wanted as Tom had Piano lesson twice without any result. However, I thought it was a mistake as there are some things that we can learn from having drum lesson.
First of all, playing drum needs concentration as drummer needs to follow the beats consistently. Once a drummer missed a beat, then the song will be chaos and it will affect other musical instruments as well.
Playing drum is normally done in a group. It require cooperation among musicians so the song will be performed properly. Playing ensemble will give a sense to make the audience satisfied and happy.
Playing drum requires a good motoric coordination which will balance the performance between the left and right brain parts. The balance synergy between the left and right brains will train the person to use logic and feeling in thinking.
The most important thing is playing drum is a bit different from playing piano as it needs creativity. I compare it with playing piano or keyboard music because those are the musical instruments that I can play. Playing drum needs to get the moment to give “fills in” as ornaments of the song. There are sets of drum and each will make different sound. When it is combined altogether with certain timing and style, it will “decorate” the songs differently. It doesn’t need certain partitur for the amateur. It is good for Tom as he will complain when he has to read notes. Anyway I still try to get him read.
When I asked him why he wanted to play drum, his answer was very simple. He likes the movement of hands which swing against the air. What a surprising answer.