A typical drum student's story

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When a young student decides on studying drums; it is often quite a job to convince parents to have a drumset in the house; more so than any other instrument. An early test of persistence and patience on behalf of the drum student.

Having convinced the parents to arrange drum lessons; the first months are usually spent practising on a rubber practice pad. Using this type of pad usually renders any hand exercises inaudible outside the practice room. The drumset is the only instrument you can practice without actually having one, however, after approximately six months, a drumset is needed for continuing study.

By this time, the family knows whether learning is a passing fad or a serious commitment. Money is saved for a basic drumset; the parents want to make sure practice is regular and their teacher advises them on a good quality drumset.

The drumset is purchased and the student can now put into action the routines learnt on the “silent” rubber practice pad. It is at this point the neighbours are usually aware that they have a drum student in the neighbourhood.

Quiet Practice Routines

The teacher will advise the student of various practice routines to minimise not only sound ”emanating from a property” but also ways in which to practice at safe decibel levels for their own hearing protection.

The use of brushes or felt mallets are advised when practising “around the drums”; rudiments are practised on a rubber practice pad and “full practice” with sticks at an agreed prearranged period and time.

.... at this point the story can take two paths

Happy Path

Neighbours recognise that the young student is bettering themselves by learning music and in so many cases, encourage and nurture their young neighbour and enjoy hearing their progress.

If there is a problem with practising at inappropriate times, there is a simple knock on the door or a chat over the fence and an arrangement is made to practice at specific times or perhaps some insulation is installed.

Most people understand that to succeed in music or sport you need to practice at least thirty to sixty minutes every day.

Sad Path

Neighbours hear drums in the distance, it is annoying and decide to make a complaint to the Council, the Council sends a typical form letter detailing the noise is to stop under penalty of fines into the thousands of dollars.

Sometimes the neighbours approach the student and family in a confronting way, immediately causing friction and a breakdown in communication, then ringing the Council.

The quickest way to demoralise a young student is to call something they love to do, rubbish or noise.

In the case study of Robert, the complainant was eventually charged for assaulting Police, he was abusive and violent to all concerned.

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