Hard to believe but after a long, long, long battle with the shuffle I may finally be making some progress. How do I know? My toughest (but awesome) teacher smiled and made a secretive recording of my latest attempt to play Red Barn. He played it back for me afterwards and was positive about this elusive thing I find so darned hard to perfect. This is monumental in my world. (Did I just jinx myself for next weeks lesson?)
Okay, so last night went pretty well despite the intimidation factor of having someone about two to three feet away staring at your every move. I received some “good job Ginger” comments which makes me very happy. Hard work paying off. I should mention I did have to take a brief break to go upstairs and give my children a well deserved reprimand for crazy loud screaming at each other which was VERY distracting while trying to have my lesson…their screams could be heard over my headphones which means it was very LOUD! I so look forward to my two lessons a month and really do not wish to have a minute wasted. Look for what I will be working on next posting soon…
A few words on the drum teacher we employ thanks to a referral from a good friend who upon learning of my drum girl wishes said…”I have just the guy for you.”
Brian Prokop did not blink an eye as I proposed lessons for both my older self and my oldest daughter. I wondered if I was his oldest student but did not say it out loud. I also wondered if he thought I was a silly old lady trying to pick up a musical instrument in her almost middle years. Almost five years later and I am quite certain I may be his oldest student but equally certain he does not believe me to be a silly old lady pursuing her musical dreams. His patience over my frustrations and excitement over my accomplishments says it all. I feel lucky we have found someone who works equally well with me and also with my two drummer daughters. We all are pursuing different paths and genres but he is quite flexible and skilled in helping each of us achieve our skill sets to be successful in what we are each trying to accomplish. I always appreciate his willingness to respond to questions via email or text and sometimes long winded (on my part) phone conversations. One of the biggest issues for me is trying to overcome the self consciousness I feel when having a lesson and this young fella is staring at me as I am playing. There has to be some life lesson here and I can only hope that some day I will not be afraid to come out of the basement where all of our musical instruments are housed and perform in public. (This may require some sort of therapeutic intervention in the future) I have never been one to shy away from performing. As a dancer I love, love, loved the performance part of my life but the confidence I felt in my skill set was strong and as of now I can only dream of acquiring a drum skill set which brings me the same sense of surety and enjoyment.
I plan on posting feedback from the Professor here after my bi-monthly lessons.
For those interested in the professor: