Burning Questions about Learning Drumming

"Why learn to drum?"  "How can a person benefit by it?" "Is it fun?"

The shortest, simplest answer to these questions is that any person can benefit by the enjoyment of learning to do something. An expanding body of research in the fields of Neurology, Psychology and Physiology suggests that coordinated mental/physical activity {such as drumming and dancing) activates the brain and the central nervous system in ways that are beneficial to one's mood, coordination, outlook and general well-being.

The motivations for doing this are many, complex, and not mutually exclusive of each other. They can range from a basic desire to express oneself, to overcoming early experiences of discouragement from rigidly goal-oriented teaching styles; a desire to participate in a collective creative endeavor; a means to connecting to the self in an active meditation. Not to overlook Fame, Fortune and Glamour: the list goes on and on, but in the end, as in the beginning- drumming is a lot of fun. 

In the time that I have been learning to drum, I have experienced almost all of the things listed above, and I still consider myself to be learning. The work and play brings many rewards, but for me the most valuable has been learning that mistakes are not only inevitable, but present one with wonderful tools for learning discernment, ability to make corrections, and to generally be able to enjoy the special qualities of an experience rather than to worry whether it was perfectly executed. There's that, and there's the pure pleasure that comes with being fully present in the act of doing- it doesn't get any more perfect than that.