Having not played drums for 20 years, I had a bit of an itch to play them again. Last week, randomly in a local music group on Facebook, I saw a local music studio/rehearsal space that had drums and a rehearsal room for hire - for cheap. I hit them up to see if I could rent the room, just to play the drums.
2 hours minimum. My booking was today, so I played drums for 2 hours of course.
So, how did it go, what did I learn?
Wow, I can still play drums. Even though I hadn’t played for 20 years other than the occasional cheeky hit in a music shop. Made me think this must apply to guitar as well. So people that pick up a guitar after 20 years “again” are much further ahead than those doing it for the first time.
I am much, much worse than I was when I played back in the day. It was interesting how much came back over a 2 hour session, but I was nowhere near as fast as I used to be, or as precise. Struggled with some beats. Very, very rusty.
Playing drums is physical. And I went straight into doing it for 2 hours straight . My forearms are sore.
After the session I realised I’m definitely a guitar player now, not a drummer. I had vision of how much practice and incremental metronome tweaking it would take to get better at drums again… nope, no way. Not for me anymore. But it was fun.