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Can Anyone Play the Drums?

Can anyone play drums

The question whether anyone can play the drum is common within musical circles. It is one that elicits debate in the industry. Drumming has been in existence for thousands of years with some theorists arguing that it is for specific people as others argue that it can be done by everyone. The musical instrument has numerous types with some played by hand and others by drumsticks.

Finding the answer to whether anyone can play the drum, however, demands an in-depth look at the purpose of drumming, the musical background of the drummer and the type of drum. Drumming for leisure or fun is easy and can be done by almost anyone with or without a musical background. If the context is playing the drum for fun, then, anyone can play. However, some people experience challenges during their first time playing drums, while others play it as though it were an inborn talent.

I wouldn’t consider my 14-year old son musically talented in any way, but I got him the best electronic drum set I could find as a Christmas present in 2016 and thanks to the learning modules on it, he’s gotten fairly good by now. He’s playing along to some fairly popular rock songs and it just sounds right!

Looking at the musical background of the drummer, the question receives a different response. A person with a background in music is more likely to play drums better than a person without any idea on drumming. The reason is that the person with some musical background understands something about beats, rhythm, notes and melody. On the other hand, the person without any musical experience lacks any experience or information about drumming. For those who negate the question, the drum cannot be played by anyone. It must be individuals with some musical background or knowledge. While this argument holds true, some individuals without any drumming or musical knowledge can still play the tunes on a drum with astonishing precision. For such people, drumming flows out of them like a life source.

The last response to whether anyone can play the drum focuses on the type of drum. Some drums are played by hand, others use drumsticks, while others use both drumsticks and feet. An individual given an overturned bucket as a makeshift drum can easily use it to play. Another individual may use a table top and spoons as improvised drum and drumsticks respectively and still play. Such an individual, if given a drum, may do an okay job, thus by all intents and purposes can be said to play the drum. However, if given a complete drum set, the drumming society would rise in objection and uproar at the person’s inability to play the drum.

The question whether anyone can play is therefore affirmative. Anyone can play the drum. The only question is how well they can do it. Are they likely to produce beautiful music or a far-fetched resemblance? Of course, it is harder for some people to play the drum than it for others, but it is certainly not impossible. However, drumming is an interesting yet complex experience as it demands a flow of the body, mind, and music. It is a skill whose mastery calls for intense practice, focus, and commitment. It is almost impossible to become an excellent drummer overnight but is certainly possible to learn over time. Despite the answer that anyone can play drums, not everyone can play it well.

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Is Spanish a Hard Language to Learn?

Learning another language: Why it is important

Today, we live in a world of multilingualism. According to research, over 50% of the world’s population is at least bilingual. Do you, therefore, think you fit in this dynamic world? Do you view yourself as part of this change? If you are still enclosed and stuck in a monolingual cocoon, you are definitely behind time. The underlying questions should be: why not think about the world beyond you? Why not learn another language?

Learning Spanish or any other language besides the one you speak can not only make you outstanding but can also offer a range of many amazing benefits. If you are thinking about expanding your horizons by increasing opportunities for your life, career, adventure, love, family and friendship, learning another language is the way to go. Simply put, the more languages you learn and speak, the broader your world becomes.

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Learning and speaking Spanish

If you thought speaking Spanish will only connect you to your Spanish-speaking folks from Spain, think again. For your information, learning the Spanish language will connect you to over 420 million native speakers from Mexico, Spain, Argentina and The United States of America. Yes, 420 million native speakers! That is cool, isn’t it? Besides, Spanish is the official language in 20 countries most of them in Latin America.

Many may ask, is Spanish a hard language to learn? Well, for many years now, anthropologists and linguists throughout the world have been on the move looking for the easiest foreign language to learn. Apparently, many suggest that Spanish is one of the easiest, especially for native English speakers. Why is this the case?

Despite the fact that the sentence structure and grammar are different, both languages have Latin roots; therefore, they share some words that sound in a similar manner and that have the same meanings (Cognates).

Spanish is also an easy language to learn since its words are pronounced and spelled in predictable ways. Most linguists advise people to try and say some English words in a Spanish accent. Try this now, is it working? If you think it isn’t, be assured you are closer to the right word. It is that easy!

If you can speak any Romance language such as French and Portuguese, learning Spanish will be a walk in the park for you. You will find it easy and exciting as you will find most words phonetically accurate.

On the flip-side however, learning Spanish can be an uphill task especially if you are not a native English speaker or you do not speak any Romance language. Trying to wrap your brain around subject genders and learning different verb conjugations can be tedious at fast, but as they say, practice and more practice makes perfect. With passion and practice, things get much easier with time.

Have you now lost hope because you don’t understand English as a native speaker or you are not conversant with any romance language? Spanish is still easy to learn. Why not try different ways to learn Spanish easily stated below?

1. Get into the classroom

Going to the classroom to learn a language can be termed as a traditional approach to language-learning yet one of the easiest and most efficient methods. Classes will not only give you language instructions but will also give you a golden opportunity to listen to others as they speak hence enabling you to sharpen your fluency. If you did not get the chance to learn it in high school or your primary education, enroll in a tertiary institution that offers the same, and you may soon join the club of bilinguals and multilingual speakers.

2. Get a private tutor

Compared to the classroom where the teacher will have to split attention to his/her many students, getting a private tutor offers a lasting and dependable remedy. Despite the fact that it does not come cheap, a private tutor will give you a completely tailored learning experience and exceptional opportunities to practice speaking. Quality does not come cheaply, if you want the best, hire one today for a few more bucks, you never know, tomorrow you may become one of the 500 million Spanish speakers.

3. Take an online Spanish course

With the internet age, we are in today; online learning has grown in scope and size. It is a norm to find people with little time or limited resources but who want to progress with learning using the internet to fulfill their quest. Subscription based online programs will greatly help you realize your dream of becoming a Spanish speaker. Don’t wait for tomorrow, take one now! Let us progress together in this dynamic world.

Learning Spanish might display some challenges, but it is not hard at all. The world is highly friendly to people who try, and those who work hard to keep up with the trends.

Learn Spanish today, and let us expand our territories. Good luck!

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