7. Learn to play the drums. - DONE!
Well, I guess I shouldn't really say I'm totally finished the learning process, but I'll admit I feel pretty confident after two lessons!
My first drum lesson was last week and my second was last night. One more lesson on Monday before I'm out of town for a bit. My teacher's this very cool dude named Mike. He's chill, he's talented, and I like the way he teaches. Mostly, it's fun to do something FUN that's just for me.
So last night he says, "Do you know what a paradiddle is?"
"Isn't that when you have one headlight out?"
"No, that's a padiddle."
"Isn't it someone who looks like you?"
"No, that's a doppleganger."
"Alright I give up."
For those of you who AREN'T drummers, a paradiddle is a rudiment, which is basically a "building block" of drumming. Fun little patterns that you learn to string together to make, you know, a song...or something that sounds cool.
Clear as mud, huh? ;)
I think both my teacher and I were surprised by how quickly I picked it up. It hasn't been nearly as challenging as I thought it would be, but I do have about 12 years of piano experience and a ton of dance experience so I do have SOME rhythm. But it's still a learning process.
So now I know single stroke rudiments, double stroke rudiments, buzz rolls, triple stroke rolls, annnnnddddd (drumroll please, pun intended)....the PARADIDDLE! Which is basically just alternating notes, in a pattern of Right Left Right Right, Left Right Left Left. So now you know!
Our lesson is basically half technique, rudiments, and practice. The other half I get to learn drum beats for popular songs and learn to play along.
And the cool thing is? I'm up to about 8 songs now. :)
Oh, and of COURSE, Sadira LOOOVES having the drums in the house. Whenever I practice, she announces, "your turn is over, MY TURN!"
$20 says after a few months she's a better drummer than me, haha.