As you may notice there is no blog post #7 and that is because we were allowed to choose between blog post #7 and #8. I picked #8 solely because I preferred the suggested topics and I found it wrapped up the project better. Now, before I jump into this weeks topics of interruptions and attitude, I would like to share with you the completed covers of ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ by Nirvana, and ‘Thinking Out Loud’ by Ed Sheeran. The piece are listed pieces are linked below in the order listed above.
We will be playing ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’, as well as ‘Today’ (linked in a previous blog post) at In-Depth night.
Moving along to this weeks topics of interruptions and attitude. For myself, this is something I struggle with. Many times I will either fill in what the other person will say in my head and want to reply right away or have something to add, but it may not be necessary at that point in time. I find, sometimes, it takes a lot of concentration to not constantly interrupt someones sentence/ train of thought because I have a response that may not be relevant once they finish speaking. Looking back on some conversations with my mentor, I remember when he was explaining how to read drum rudiments. I had many questions and comments about how it related to other instruments I play and I found myself speaking before it was my turn in the stream of the conversation. A lot of our conversations were fairly casual, so this did not seem to greatly affect our flow of conversation. However, I could see how this could potentially be an annoyance to be constantly be interrupted, so once I noticed it, I focused on letting him finish his train of thought before I spoke. For many who have spoken to me in class, they would know I continue to struggle with this daily, but I do try and wait my turn when I realize what I’m doing.
Much of what I said above directly relates to my attitude, or the attitude of the conversation. When I say that, I am referring to how my mentor and I react and act while listening in speaking in the conversation. A persons attitude can set the mood and the flow of the conversation. When it came to talking to my mentor boredom was never something I experienced. I was always eager to learn more, and of course jump in to the conversation whenever I could. However, there were days where one of us would be more tired than the other and I found that would affect the attitude of the conversation. For example, there was one day where my mentor had woken up at 5am and he had a rugby game right after our lesson and he appeared much more under the weather then I had ever seem him before. He was still attentive, but he was less enthusiastic, and kept his points short and concise. Another attitude I observed in our conversations was equality. By that I mean, each person had equal respect for the other and neither my mentor or I talked down to the other. I appreciate when adults speak to me as a person and not as a child. I find it adds a better flow in there conversation and it made learning the drums much more enjoyable. One conversation I remember was when we were re-setting up my drums and he had me moving different drums/cymbals to different areas, but he also allowed me to have a say and mention if I felt he was wrong or if, for example, the snare drum needed to be moved closer to my body.
In conclusion, interruptions and attitude are a clear part of every conversation. They are definitely things I struggle to balance when speaking to others, and I will continue to work on finding a happy-medium. Aside from that I am really glad to have had the opportunity to do this project and learn how to play the drums. It has been an instrument I’ve wanted to learn for years now and this project opened the door. I do plan on continuing on playing and banging at my drums for fun and as a hobby, but I’m not sure whether I will continue it next year as I have so many interests and so many skills I would love to try. I want to finish off by saying this has been an amazing experience and Im looking forward to doing it again next year!