Music is a huge part of my life. Since I was around nine years old, I’ve been playing the drums and I even passed my Grade 8 exam in June last year. However, now I am a student at university and I’ve achieved the highest grade possible, drumming has become a hobby – something I can do when I’m home for the summer holidays. Admittedly, my love for music has grown as a listener, but my desire to play a musical instrument has dwindled since I’ve been away from the drum kit for so long.
So what now? Well, I’ve heard that it’s easy for drummers to transition from the drum kit to the piano or keyboard. Although I do have a keyboard, I don’t have time for piano lessons at the moment, and have struggled to find a way to teach myself how to play it. Hopefully, after university, I can get round to learning how to play it. I’ve wanted to perform in a band for a long time and whilst a drummer isn’t always required (and certainly doesn’t work as a solo act), playing the guitar or the piano is something I can do on my own.
Aside from playing music, writing songs is something which has always been suggested to me by family members. To be honest, I’ve always wanted to try my hand as a DJ, but lack the technical skills or the equipment. Yet, when it comes to writing an ordinary song, I don’t know where to start.
Granted, as a budding poet I could probably come up with the lyrics, but creating a melody would be the biggest problem. I’ve often heard about songwriters being guitarists and pianists, and so I do wonder whether that is the issue.
I’ve always been a creative person, and whilst my aim to write and publish a fiction book is still ongoing, coming up with my own song may be another avenue I could explore. After years of listening to music and playing the drums, I long for a musical transition.
Do you have any tips for songwriting? Or perhaps you self-taught yourself an instrument? I would love your tips – comment them below!