This Saturday 2nd of July we will be hosting our summer performance event at the Crypt.
It's an exciting time to get together and catch up before the summer holidays and remember what it's all about: playing and making music with others. To the seasoned musician, this is too often taken for granted, but to the beginner and inexperienced drummer, this performance business can seem daunting - but it doesn't have to be.
Learning the skills and preparing for music exams is one aspect of learning the drums, but this is just one part of the overall aim (at least according to Planet drum's rulebook!) which is simply getting a feeling and igniting your passion for playing live.
Or, in other words, just enjoying and expressing yourself, and of course showing off all the new skills and tricks you've picked up along the way.
Informal settings like this week's party
We've all been there (and some of us still are), being self conscious or worried about how good we are or what others think of our skill. For the students who are worried that the stage might not be for them (including yours truly), I have just one piece of advice: the stage is for everyone, no matter how big or small that stage is, or if the audience consists of one, or hundreds and thousands (one day...).
The stage is really there only for you, to allow you to enjoy your time playing with like-minded musicians, to inspire you and guide you forwards, and to help you progress and learn. It's called making music.
So, to perform or not to perform? The answer is of course yes in any scenario, and to every opportunity (Don't forget to come along to the band practices every month). You will see that gradually nerves will subside and something else will take over: the passion for playing music. Then, of course, the next step is to form your own band and play happily ever after. First things first, though... see you on Saturday!