As I was riding home last night, I heard some unfamiliar sound as I was rolling into the driveway: it was the sound of drums and cymbals. From the direction of the sound, my neighbours over on that side have no young kids, and the drum sound was from a beginner.
So as I opened the door, the drum side was coming from within! My 12 year old son and his two buddies was having a jam session! Their school has a talent show in about 2 weeks and they were getting together to practice. Being first timers the singer brought the lyrics, about 2 bars of music for one hand and the drummer brought his (rental) drum set. My son was struggling to play the few notes the singer brought along. So my music and superhero instincts kick in, sort them out. Reverse engineer the song for the basic chords, give my son a basic pattern to play, settle them in a practice tempo, and about 2 hours later they got the basic pattern going. They will be going into an audition today so let's see what happens.
Several interesting observations:
- figuring out what chords to use is way easier than it was when I was in highschool. An mp3 and the slider in the computer makes life soooo easy.
- the band is a bunch of piano players venturing out to different instruments. Just like when I was in my band.
- 12 year old kids these days know what they want to do. I would say they are way smarter than when I was 12.
I had fun and saw them had fun too.