For the past few months I’ve been toying with the idea of submitting a “Drum Beat of the Month” to add to the Experience Drums submissions, but I have stopped short. I would think to myself, what could my drum beat possibly have to offer anyone with a musical background? An eight-year-old has more musical talent than me! I would have to be fearless to even think that my contribution could measure up, but I wanted to at least try to see if I could do it.
I told myself that everything you wish to achieve in life starts with a simple thought. So one evening I got up my courage, put away my computer, and took out my drum sticks. I was eager to see if I could play a beat which might make some sense. My soon-to-be stump of a desk was in for a beating! I still don’t own a practice pad, and I am still playing on any surface that I can find (including my thighs, which are already bruised).
What started out as something simple got so complicated because of the self-doubt that started creeping in. My beat got really fast and I was hitting my desk with enough force to wake up the dead! I wondered if well-known drummers started off like this, full of fear about expressing themselves well. The more I thought about it, the harder I played. After many attempts to create a unique beat, I sort of gave up for the evening. Even if I did finish it, I didn’t think I would be able to explain it to Evan. And it seemed like if I attempted to transcribe it onto paper, it would just sound like a bunch of noise.
A few days later, I was feeling down and needed to reach out to someone. To my dismay, no one was available. The only thing I could think of doing was to get those drum sticks out and let them bring me some comfort. If I needed to be heard, this was the way to do it. It was at that point that I decided to resume my little beat. The days flew by and every night I hit the sticks.
I realized that I could create quite an interesting drum beat after all. I would say that mine is a little on the hard rock side, but it sounds like me. Today I am still trying to perfect my beat, and with a little help from Evan, I will eventually put it down on paper.
There is nothing like expressing yourself through drumming. Using my drum beat as my voice, that will be my submission. No matter what you are feeling, let your voice be heard!