Didymos Thomas;89867 wrote:
Playing the drums is a great way to keep active - it is a physical instrument, demanding coordination and good posture. Upper body strength and stamina is absolutely necessary, including immense control.
And besides being good for you, it's great fun - there's nothing like being on stage. Bouncers pulling women off your lap, people dancing to your groove. Can't beat it.
I remember once trying to learn to play the djembe, the African folk drum. It was UNBELIEVABLY difficult to keep rhythm while everyone is doing their own thing. I wish I had figured out how to do it. Maybe another time - or another life. Anyway, I got a real appreciation for the enormous amount of inner feeling that a drummer has to have. If drumming doesn't convince someone about the inner soul, nothing will
Thanks for sharing with me.
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Dave Allen;89870 wrote:
I play the sitar, mandolin and hurdy-gurdy.
Though they don't get you fit like drumming.
Never tried any of these instruments. I had a brief interlude with guitar. Another instrument that I was in awe of. Never realized how difficult it was to find the right combination of fingers and movements - on top of everything else! Definitely keeps the mind active.
I imagine that the sitar must even be more difficult. If only the darn strings didn't hurt my fingers so much. And I don't want to get callouses. Hmmmm .. well, back to the piano.
Someone once told me that all conductors die old. It must be something about the music.
Thanks much for sharing your hobbies with me.
---------- Post added 09-12-2009 at 05:35 PM ----------
I play ice hockey (just non-check leagues at this point), lift weights, bike ride, walk my dog. Also play the piano a bit.
I love watersports, especially kiteboarding...here's a video if you've never heard of it:
It's a completely exhilarating and freeing activity. Problem is that I don't live near the water...
Really active stuff.
My girlfriend would probably love to go kiteboarding. She loves that kind of stuff. Unfortunately, for her, I can't even stand going on ski lifts! (Acrophobia bad). I also never learned to ice skate. I once went to a nearby rink and asked an instructor if she could teach me. She looked at me and asked if I ever skated. No! Did I ever roller skate? No! Did I ever ski? Are you kidding! She said if I liked walking around without crutches, that I should keep off the ice. So back to tennis for me.
Anyway, it sounds like you have lots of great fun. I'll show the clip to my girlfriend. I hope she doesn't start whining about wanting to do it.
---------- Post added 09-12-2009 at 05:39 PM ----------
Playing with my children, biking, training for the Scottish Highland Games, liftting stones and I wind down with reading.
My kid just left for China. Mixed feelings. I miss him, but I am glad he is figuring out life.
Training for Highland Games? Sounds great. Is that what the stone lifting is all about? So many things that people do. Well, I don't think this is something I will do in this life time, but maybe next. See you at the games Laddie!