How Drum Sets Help Children In Shaping With Good Habits

How Drum Sets Help Children In Shaping With Good Habits

Toddlers have a natural ability to sense when they feel what they want. Even if they are hungry or when they want an outing to play in fresh air or even he/she needs a new thing to play around.

Try giving a (limited) freedom so that you will be promoting your toddler’s growing independence if you ensure he/she can explore and experiment in safe surroundings and if you allow him to make simple choices whenever the opportunity arises.

Let them play

Allow your toddler to run and play around possibly in evening time, which could be a good healthy fit exercise. If possible, leave him/her to mingle with his/her age-mates, which actually leave for good bonding with each other, thus develops good atmosphere around your toddler.

If friends and family are around, let them help you give your toddler plenty of new experiences. Outside of the home, play groups and classes and activities will all give you a bit of a break and provide extra stimulation and interest for your toddler. Or a new set of playing kit, say for kids drums with multiple music modes, lighting effects, with sticks to make music, and learning stuffs of either alphabet, numbers, or animals, or birds et al.

Drum set for kids can be bought either online or manual shopping. Get one that the size suits your kid to play around, if it is too big or too small, chances are there that your kid may throw and walk away. Try understanding the kid’s expectation at least at a minimum level to meet up.

There are no guarantees of course but you have the chance to do your very best to create a brilliant adult in years to come. So don’t let him/her down by any means!

 

Why Do People Drum?

Why do people choose to play the drums? Is because they feel empowered every time one of their drumsticks it’s a snare drum more therefore it’s the base? Is because they absolutely love creating a very loud sound that instantly gets everyone in the room moving? I think it’s more of a combination of all of the above.

Being the drummer of the band is one of the most important roles. Yes, you do have a sense of power, we also feel that you’re the person that ties the whole band together.

We’ve all been to concerts before were the drummer is just been awful. They constantly snare and hit the base of the absolute wrong times and it completely throws the rhythm of the song off. It takes a lot of skill to be a very talented and precise drummer.

When someone is very successful as a drummer that means they have hit the peak of their craft. Drumming is one of the hardest things that someone can do if they want to break into the music business.

Kids begin drumming from a very young age. They actually saw drum sets for people as low as two years old. Research has shown that kids who begin drumming at a young age have better cognitive skills as they grow up than kids you did not drum a young age.

How this factors in is that kids who begin the practice drums at a very young age are can have a leg up over those who start in their teenager or adult years. While not everyone wants to become a professional drummer, I’m sure that there are very few people who would shy away from the chance if they had the opportunity.

Plus, there’s always the aspect that the drummer in the band always gets a lot of women. Let’s be honest, part of the main reason of being famous is that you get to have your pick of the litter when it comes to women. Being a drummer is a high profile position that definitely gets you a lot a women.

I think it all boils down to playing the drums is a lot of fun. It’s is a very simple yet can be a very hard skill to learn. I’ll take you many many many hours of practice but eventually it will all pay off. I advised if you’re just starting out is to definitely keep that playing the drums. You’ll eventually learn the love it.

How to Be a Great Drummer on Rock Band

Let’s say you got Rock Band for Christmas. You open it up, and you’re eager to start playing the drums. You’ve been looking forward to trying the drums for a while, and now you finally get to. You run into a snag, though. After only playing a few songs, the drums are kicking your butt. These things are harder than you think. “How will I ever get to expert?” Well, I’m here to help you out. Here are some tips and tricks to help you master the drums on Rock Band.

First of all, you need a comfortable, sturdy place to play. Try and get an armless chair or stool to sit on. Also, make sure you have the drums set on carpet. If you don’t have a carpet, put something heavy in front of them. They tend to slide forward when you’re using the pedal heavily.

Now, turn up the volume on the television. Make sure you’re not bothering anyone in the area, but crank the television. You’ll need to hear the music over your drumming. You can trow yourself off beat if you’re listening to your own sticks, and not the music. You always need the keep the beat of the song.

Warm up first! Don’t jump straight into a fast song like a Metallica. Play one of the warm ups to get into it again. You’ll be surprised how good this works. Also, if you’re getting sore (which you probably will if you play a lot on hard or expert) make sure you stretch your arms and shoulders between songs. Make sure you keep loose.

If you can’t get a song, use practice mode. That’s your new best friend in Rock Band. You’re NOT going to be able to play all the song in Rock Band without it. Also, if you’re having trouble keeping the beat of a song because you don’t know it well, take a listen to the song a few times and try to get a feel for the rhythm of the song.

I got this one straight from the game, “If you’re having trouble with a tricky part, focus on the red pad and the bass pedal. Then add in the other pads.” Well, this might sound tricky, but it’ll save you from getting kicked off the stage in a crazy part. The bass pedal and red pad count the most. If you miss them, you’ll be falling pretty fast. If you’re in a part where you can’t manage all the pads, focus on the red and the bass pedal. Then try to hit whatever else you can. You just might make it past that part and back into the chorus.

Try harder difficulties. If you can play most of the songs on hard, try easy songs like “Wanted, Dead or Alive” on expert. It’s not much harder, and if you know the song, you should do fine. As you progress, you’ll be able to see how you’re improving by being able to beat more expert or hard songs. It’s a good feeling.

Last, but not least, practice, practice, practice. You’re not going to be on expert within a week if you’ve never played the drums before. It takes time for you to get your coordination down and be able to control each of your limbs differently. You’ll notice it’s hard to break your foot away from your arms. Well, it takes time for you to be able to hit double or triple bass hits without messing up the beat with your arms. There’s no secret for that. You just need to play, and above all else, have fun! This is a game. Don’t play it if you’re not having fun.

Good luck, and rock on!

St. Louis Drum Ensemble Keeps the Beat Going Strong

Varied Groups Play at Venues Throughout the Area

The group is called Healing Hands and the last time I saw them play was on a Sunday at the Red Sea restaurant on Delmar in University City, near St. Louis. They sat near a wall in the front of the restaurant. Each had a type of African drum called a Djiembe. The Djiembe is sort of an hourglass-shaped drum, sometimes carved out of a tree trunk. Depending on its size, it is played between the legs, sat on, or strapped around the neck. The technical term for a Djiembe is a Membranophone. That means that it is a percussion instrument that has a head, or membrane that makes a sound when put into motion. They are struck with sticks, mallets, hammers, hands, and bows. The other group of percussion instruments are called Idiophones. These produce sound when vibrated. Think of marimbas, wood blocks, and symbols.

Healing Hands has about five original members, but anyone who is able can sit in with them while they play. The beat that they were producing on this warm summer night at the Red Sea was a perfect accompaniment to the spicy Ethiopian and Jamaican food being served. About halfway through the set, a slim young man comes in with his drum strapped around his neck. The members of the group don’t miss a beat as he joins them and starts beating his drum. At this point, things really start to cook as the new addition to the band beats the Djiembe with lightening speed, his hands whipping into a barely discernable blur. The amazing thing was that he kept this speed up for what seemed to be almost an hour without missing a beat.

Adam Rugo teaches Djiembe and Conga drum at the Focal Point in Maplewood on the first Sunday of the month. On the third Sunday, he gives the same lessons at the Ethical Society out on Clayton Rd. There are usually about 15-20 people in the class. The class starts off with some simple explanations on how to beat the drums. The Djiembes are “hot” drums. That means that after striking the drum, you quickly remove your hand, just like if you were playing a hot skillet. The Conga, on the other hand, is a “cold” drum. That means that after you strike it, the hand is left on the drum for a few seconds. After the explanations and a little bit of history, Adam shows everyone a few rhythms. Drums in Africa were originally used as a form of communication, so there are phrases that accompany what you are playing. One beat sounds just like “let’s play Djiembe” or boom…boom…boom boom. Then Adam teaches everybody a small part to play, and once everyone is in sync, he compliments the action by wailing away on a variety of different percussion instruments, sometimes using both of his hands as well as his feet to produce the sounds.

Adam Rugo, along with Matt Henry and founder Henry Claude are all members of the Nuclear Percussion Ensemble. The “Nuclear” in their name is like the meaning “nuclear family” as opposed to “nuclear bomb”. The group was founded in 1986 and has played at many venues throughout the St. Louis area. They will be playing at the second annual Percussion Festival at the Touhill Performing Arts Center in Clayton in March.

Percussion has been called “a part of the rhythm of life, the musical DNA that exists in all cultures at a fundamental level”.

Treasure Island Drum Circle – a Good Time for Even the Skeptical

Treasure Island Drum Circle – a Good Time for Even the Skeptical

In Tampa, it’s sometimes hard to find an activity that’s inexpensive, fun, and that you and your friends can participate in without having to get drunk beforehand. With that in mind, you can imagine my excitement when my friend and I heard about a weekly event that we could go to and have a good time: Treasure Island’s Sunday drum circle.

At first, I was skeptical, as you probably are. I thought, “Drum circle? That’s not really my scene.” But as my friend and I made that 30 minute drive from Tampa out to Treasure Island’s beautiful beaches, we realized we may be on to something special. We used the car ride to reconnect after a hectic week of work; it was the perfect amount of time to calm down and prepare ourselves for a novel activity we’d never experience. We arrived, walked across the street next to the Bilmar Hotel, kicked off our shoes, and as we made our way across that Treasure Island beach, we both realized that the drum circle was bigger than we had imagined it. There was a bustling group of people, young and old alike, all intermingling among each other like stereotypes and prejudice never existed. Even though this wasn’t really “our scene”, we came to find that the drum circle didn’t care about the amount of trees we hug or the hallucinogenic drugs we did or didn’t do, it was a place everyone could go and feel at home.

Forget the mental picture that comes to mind while you’re reading this. Yes, surprisingly enough, there are more than “dirty hippies” dancing around stoned out of their minds. The drum circle is frequented by an unexpectedly large number of people of all different cultures, ages, and cliques that one would like to place them into. Just looking around, we realized that this almost-spiritual experience bridges the gap between generations and sexes, social classes and preferences. The drum circle welcomed all groups, all colors, all ages. The drum circle certainly didn’t discriminate against two goofy teenage girls ready to get down in front of a bunch of strangers. There was a sense of acceptance, but over that, the pounding drums set the rhythm for what we knew will be a good time.

My friend and I love to dance, so once we got there, we had no hesitations jumping in the middle of the drum circle and moving to the beat like fools. That’s another thing the drum circle doesn’t discriminate against: bad dancers. There’s no need to worry about people laughing at you while you’re busting a move, everyone is just there to have a good time. 60-year-old ex-Flower children, 19-year-old USF students, 40-year-old moms with their 8-year-old kids can all come together and get into the music, feel the pulsing drum vibrations taking them over. It’s a truly extraordinary experience.

It may take some convincing, but you can get all of your friends interested in the drum circle. If they aren’t sold by the idea of being near the water watching the sun set while a large group of people dance and play percussion instruments, maybe they’ll be sold by the fact that the event is free and a great way to connect with others. The drum circle is a fun, relaxing place to spend your Sunday sunset hours. Overall, it’s just a nice place to go and wind down before you have to go back to work on Monday. You’re not required to drum, you’re not required to dance … you’re not required to even have a good time. But trust me, it may be a little hard to avoid having a good time on Treasure Island.