Sunday, April 12, 2009

Those who like music

I have for quiet some time played music. my brother (sax and piano), sister(flute), mother(oboe, clarinet, and drums), dad(guitar), uncle(guitar), grandma(guitar and organ), great grandma(amazing vocalist, violin), and great grandpa (profession organ player) play music. and me, i am like the hybrid of my family. i play set, keys ( xylophone, vibraphone, etc.), timpani, flute, piano, guitar, and snare drum. and actually snare drum and set are two completely different things. one you use coordination throughout your hold body and one just your hands. so the rudiments you play on a snare drum are a lot more advanced then on a set. im not saying ones harder than the other, just that they both involve different methods of technique, articulation, and control. ive played in a dozen symphonic bands, concert bands, jazz band, west coast honor band, cosway classic (under the director ship of frank ticalli- one of the worlds most famous composers in the world today) marching band- and most recent like drum corps. i've spent my summer drumming with a musical group traveling the U.S. competing against the world's best drumlines. yes i know like the movie? no, that movie was a joke and only reuined the art itself. drumming is alot more difficult than that. and then i realize how complicated drumming on a drumline really is.
we have to mark time ( hitting the ground with your foot with the beat), memorize thousands of notes per page, keep a 2 foot interval from you and the people around you, form the big picture that people see from the stands, adapt to on the go circumstances ( such as your position on the firl might change because someone on the other side didn't make their spot causing the over all picture to shift), different pressure changes in your hand for different sounds, memorizing all your spots on the field, and trust me sooo much more. during tour we had 2 days off. literally 2 days. we had 7 day work weeks and 9-11 hours every day. so its alot more complicated than one would think, plus auditions for a drumline start in december and the music is passed out in october, and auditions go from december to february, than january we have rehearsal till june which is when we leave for our 6 week trip. it was alot of fun though. amazing. seeing the country and playing my favorite thing.
but yes, i am the hybrid of the family when it comes to music. i compose my own, help out with my old high school and practice everyday. plus doing all this with rehearsal and a 40 hr. work week with 14 units of school. im taking this summer off of the drumline though for school and doin it next year. so im stoked. even now i have my pad and sticks to the right of me. been playing drums for 9 years now and still have alongggg way to go. so to anyone who is reading this. music is very important in our lives. listening is good, but playing it is better. doesn't have to be professional or infornt of people, but i hobby that i believe everyone should take into to help us relax and help our brains ease.

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