The 5 Step Guide: How to Be A Drummer

Drumming, believe it or not, is within all of us. We’ve all admitted (some not publicly) that we do the occasional tapping on desks, tapping of pencils, anything to produce a noise which is repetitive and satisfying to us, yet extremely annoying to others. But if you’re willing to embrace your inner drummer, here’s the five step guide to doing so, from a drummer…

Step One: The Tapping (Which Most of Us Have Probably Achieved):

We all do it, we have the tune to Phil Collins’ In The Air Tonight in your head and you can’t help but go crazy and tap the infamous fill on you office desk, whilst your colleagues look at you, half of them concerned, the other half wishing that you just shut up. But anyway, to confirm, if you’ve ever felt like the gorilla from the Cadbury’s advert, then you’re doing it right – keep doing it!

Step Two: The Transition from Hands to Pencils/Pens etc.

Ah, the pencils and pens, the make-do alternative to the drumstick. Perfect for controlling how you want something to sound, and is pretty good when it comes to doing a drum roll. A perfect alternative, so whilst you’re at an office desk, bored, and whilst most of us will probably twiddle the pencil in our fingers or chew on the end of it, you can now find another use for the trusty pencil.

This is a “handy” (apologies) pen for drumming. On one side, the shape of a drumstick, at the other end is a pencil. This pencil offers the best of both worlds for the office-drummer.

Step Three: Vocal Drumming:

This comes at a point where you have no materials. So what are you going to do? Well, you’ve still got your voice – that isn’t going anywhere, use that! Make your voice your own drum kit. Just by saying “boots and cats” you’ve got a simple drum beat right there.

Step Four: Experimenting with Other Surfaces and Materials:

This is where drummers get experimental. If you try other surfaces, you get different sounds and pitches. For example, using the office desk scenario, you could use a pencil to tap on the table and then tap on the bulging amount of files your manager has given you and within minutes it can be a funky tune worthy of being in the charts… Well…when I say that…

And of course, as childish as it sounds, the pots and pans are a unique way of a cheap drum kit. I found this image and is an ideal makeshift version of a drum kit. Also, you can always drum on the pans whilst you’re cooking a soup for dinner.

Step Five: Transition to the Drumkit:

Then finally, the last part. If you want to be considered as a “drummer”, you need to have played on the drums at some point (like all other musical roles). It may look confusing and scary, but just transfer the tune you created on your office desk to the drum kit. It shouldn’t be too hard, and once again, you can experiment!

So there you have it, a basic insight into how to be a drummer. Hopefully you should sell out at arenas pubs and will be the start of a new career! Oh, and don’t worry, no need to thank me…


This post was written in response to this week’s Weekly Writing Challenge. For more info, click the link!

11 thoughts on “The 5 Step Guide: How to Be A Drummer

  1. You forgot the all important air-drumming! I’m an expert air-drummer – no one has ever heard me miss a beat! 😉
    There are two type of air-drumming: with real (or makeshift) or air sticks. The drums must be air drums or it’s not air-drumming.
    Advantages: It’s silent and you won’t bother anyone with excessive pencil-on-desk noise.
    Disadvantages: You might just look like a tool waving your arms around in an apparent fit or craziness, especially when you go wild on the cymbals and toms only you can see!
    Also you don’t get the satisfying feedback of from the bounce of stick on skin.
    Ah, I wish had my own kit…


  2. A very good take on this week’s challenge – I particularly like how practical you have made each step. Although I wonder how many offices are going to be disturbed over the next few weeks after people take you at your word and start practicing drums at work? 😉


Think Outside the Box...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s