Drumphonics Postcard

Playing the drums gives me so much joy, and showing how easy it is to play lets me share this joy with those I inspire. The physical activity of playing the drum set (similar to dancing, swimming or bike riding) involves the whole body and brings physical enjoyment. I have found a way to make drum set playing as accessible as any other activity.

Teaching the very young and very old has helped me take a “new school” approach to teaching drum set. Like learning to talk and then read and write. I teach how to play and what it sounds like, first insuring the feeling of already knowing what to play when looking at drum patterns on a musical staff.

Using the sounds of each part of the drum set as their name (onomatopoeia) I can describe and then instruct what to play. For instance, the bass drum sounds like BOOM and the closed hi-hat cymbals sound like CHING, and combining these two sounds like CHOOM.

Most adults have limited extra time for learning to play a musical instrument. I have found that getting to the playing right away makes drum set playing a physical experience more than an intellectual experience.

This easy and fun play-by-ear approach to learning and teaching the drum set works extremely well with the very young, old, physically, mentally and emotionally challenged, families, groups small and large, self-taught drummers who want to teach and classroom teachers who want to learn and teach their class at the same time.