On Saturday the 24th of January, Tim, Kody, Nicole and I met at my house for the first our first band practice. It wasn’t so much of a practice as it was a bonding experience, because we were all still trying to understand and learn the basics of our instruments. We each took turns playing for each other and demonstrating what we had learned so far. Aside from that, we did a lot of planning. The main issue was choosing a singer, which is still a little up in the air, but I think we have it narrowed down to two options. Either, all of us will sing a song, or tim will pose as our lead singer. As it turns out, Rock Band proved to be very useful in choosing a singer. We had each person sing one of the songs from our list which the others attempted to play along on their instruments. This also really helped with team bonding, which I think will be very good as we delve further into this project.
As for myself, I think I am grasping onto the basics of drumming pretty well. I have started to get the feel for the drum kit and I can now play ‘Today’ by the Smashing pumpkins at a VERY slow tempo. My parents still run upstairs and hide in their bedroom while I practice, but for the first time my sister stayed downstairs, so I think that means I must be improving. I’m still working out the rhythms of the other four pieces. Who knew Green Day would end up being the hardest piece to play? From the start I was under the impression that it wold be Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ that would the trickiest for me to play, not that I can play that one yet either. Unfortunately, I still don’t have a mentor. However, my younger sister’s piano instructor knows a drummer that she thinks would be a great mentor. His band isn’t super popular, but I was able to listen to his music on his band’s sound cloud page and I really like their pieces. My sister’s piano teacher has contacted him and she said she will get back to me shortly. Fingers crossed he says yes.
Moving along to the ‘How to Have a Beautiful Mind’ portion of the blog post. As I said above, I still have yet to meet my mentor, but I do believe that I can make some assumptions as to what will happen.
How To Agree:
I believe that it will be very easy for my mentor and I to agree, as we share the same interest (drums) and hopefully will want to hear what each person has to say. As the student I also really want to understand his point of view on drumming and be a teachable student, which requires me to be agreeable. At this point, I also lack the knowledge to really disagree with anything my mentor says unless it is something opinion based and not a cold, hard fact. I think, in the end, the real key to agreeing with someone is listening with them and and being open minded and not being condescending or negative about their opinions. Its easy to be agreeable, you just have to stay positive.
How To Disagree:
I don’t believe that there will be many disputes or disagreements between me and my future mentor because, as I said above, I really want to put an effort into being a teachable student. I strongly believe that being a teachable student will allow me to learn and gain the most out of this experience. However, if or when a disagreement occurs it’s always good to approach the topic delicately. It is unnecessary to cause an argument over something that can be solved by talking through it and sharing both sides of the story till you can come to a compromise, or simply agree to disagree. In other words, stay calm, you don’t always have to agree.
How To Differ:
I am an opinionated person and there are times where my opinion may differ from my mentors, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. If we always had the same opinion our conversations would be very bland and, frankly, it would be kind of weird. Its good to share your different opinions with each other and show the different methods to gain a deeper understanding. I think that talking about our different opinions in particular, will help me truly understand the drums from multiple perspectives. If I ever reach a point where my opinion is completely different from my mentors then sometimes I may also keep it to myself because sharing it may cause more harm than good.