Sometimes The Student Teaches The Teacher!
Teaching drums is a funny thing. Sometimes I dont really know what to teach a student before the lesson. I have an idea, maybe a gameplan. But it never ceases to amaze me, often times the student will lead you into the direction they want to be taught. Just finished up a lesson with one of our younger students. I felt like I was shooting blanks with him on ideas. Nothing was sparking interest. Everything I would show him was not sticking. And as you all know, we aim to please here at Drum Brigade. We ALWAYS want the student to want to come to the lesson. We like to keep it fresh and fun... That being said, I felt like nothing I was going with was intriguing the student. Well as we were searching for something to work on, I over heard the student noodling over a groove that sounded like Ellie Goulding's "Burn." I asked if that was the song he was playing, and then pulled it up on youtube and played it on the Studio 528 projector. Together we played through the tune. As soon as we were done my student asks "can we play that again? That was so awesome!" Of course we did... 2 more times! And that's what we worked on. The student was so stoked! I didn't even know that was one of his favorite songs. Sometimes it's not about LLRR (left, left, right, right), but is just about playing music. Isn't that the goal anyways?
Very cool lesson. Made my day! And even better it made the students day!