Why do you love drumming that much?
Drumming and me are sitting on a tree … Well, wait?!
Besides of the little joke:
Drumming is a HUGE love for many of us. It’s just the feeling you get when sitting behind the kit. And so much more!
Could you imagine a life without your drum set?
Anybody asking me this question will get a prompt answer. I think you know which one.
But now and then, I really ask myself: Manu, why do you love drumming that much?
I mean, I get that from a rational point of view:
Playing the drums is relatively loud, it takes a lot of effort to learn properly, and it does take a lot of time to practice. And not too little, to be perfectly honest.
So why is the love for drumming that strong in many of us?
In this article, I’m trying to find an answer.
Psst ... That's what this article is about
The love for drumming or: Let’s take a stroll to my past
You know, I have NOT been a female drummer all my life. Actually, I started out quite late compared to others. I already was in my teens and for this reason way older than a lot of other beginners being actually kids.
My first proper drum lessons I took back in 2006. I know this because I’ve kept the official registration form for it.
However, I did start a little earlier with this crazy musical journey. I think it has to be in 2005 … And yes, 2005 is correct.
I’m 29 years old now writing this article. That’s actually blowing my mind right now!
But let’s not get distracted, let’s take a stroll to my past instead. This could be a great source for finding out why I love drumming so much:
„Playing the drum set? Sure I know how to do so! If you want me to, I’d love to be the drummer of your friend’s band.“
That – or something like this – is what got me into drumming. I always really enjoyed listening to music, but never properly played an instrument before.
(Except the recorder, which almost all German kids do at some point in their early life.)
Anyway. I started playing the drums literally by accident. In summer of 2005 – or so – I went to the local swimming pool with one of my friends.
She met a friend of her there, asking whether she knew somebody wanting to join their band. They were madly searching for a drummer.
When I heard this, I simply replied: I’m your drumming woman – or girl back then.
I have never played the drum set before. And yes, I lied to the friend of my friend. And that’s not cool at all.
However, I’m really thankful I did back then.
Because before, I never thought of learning to play the drums. Not one second! Imagine this:
If I stayed at home that day, chances are that you wouldn’t be reading this article. It could be that I wouldn’t make any music at all.
Heck, I would have a different profession, different friends and everything would be just different.
So yes, this day changed my life forever. But does this already explain my love for playing the drums?
No. There’s more to it.
The joy of making music in general
Emotions. You know those little things? Sometimes loved. Sometimes loathed. And more than often hard to handle.
You know, I was a really edgy teen. I think it’s quite right to even say hard to handle. Sure, for some I still am. 😉
So listening to music was always kind of a relief for me and my emotions. I just enjoyed it. It made me feel good.
This great feeling is what I still get from listening to music. However, I also get it from making music myself.
It doesn’t make a difference whether I play by myself or joining others. That’s another interesting thing I found out. The activity itself is what I enjoy the most.
Is this the key why I love drumming so much? Yes. And no! There’s again more to it.
Constantly learning? I love it – and drumming!
Another thing I really love about drumming is that you learn something new each time you practice.
Literally, you can not learn everything about the drums in a lifetime. It might be sad to think about this at the one hand. On the other, I so love this!
Because there are just so many challenges you can take and master when making music.
There’s literally a challenge everywhere:
- Learning to play this awesome drum beat.
- Getting this rudiment in your head and hands.
- Master this awesome song you heard on the radio last week.
And so, so much more!
The learning aspect obviously is one really important for me. Of course, that’s not THE reason why I love drumming so much.
You can learn other things, too. And never finish this journey.
I believe it’s a combination of these elements making me love playing the drums so much. It’s a combination of
- nostalgia (I’m well aware of that),
- feel good emotions and
- the food for the brain.
Of course, I do also love playing my other music instruments like the cajon or the piano.
However, the drums got me started in the first place. So they will always have a special place in my heart, I guess.
What about you? Why do you love drumming that much? Feel free to share your thoughts down in the comments.
I’d love to read about them – and of course, I’d love to hear from you, too. 🙂