Why Drumming Kills a Bardic Circle

Vicki Marsh zarazena at io.com
Fri Dec 13 16:27:39 PST 1996

Antoine wrote:
>I'd like to see the use of the drum expanded and people explore other 
>areas.  I've seen the directios that Cinric (sp?) has gone with 
>period drumming.  There's so much there, it seems a shame that we 
>tend to grasp onto the one aspect of Middle-Eastern.

I have started carrying around tambourines, zills, and castenets to vary the
sound, not to mention playing a bamboo flute with the drums.  Being a
percussionist and being a musician are *not* mutually exclusive.

>I also agree that I enjoy drumming more before I go to bed.  2am does 
>sound like a decent time to cut it off.

Hmmm. Bagpipes are a little hard to get ahold of.  Perhaps encouraging loud
children to play near the tents of the allnight drummers?  Actually, if you
have a problem with drummers after a 2 AM time, or if they are playing way
too loud near your tent, try asking them to quiet down or move.  If they are
loud, obnoxious drunks, they probably won't, but asking nicely shouldn't
hurt, or cause any hard feelings.  Yelling at them abusively will, though.

Sigh...not everyone who picks up a drum is a drummer.

Zara Zina
(All-State Tympani and mallet percussion specialist)

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