Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Steel Drum


One of the many great pleasures of my job is introducing students to the pleasures of making music, the homemade kind.

Just as food tastes better when it's made with love by someone you know, the best music is made live—not because it sounds professional, but because it has a most important ingredient: the pleasure of making it yourself.

No recorded music, no matter how good a performance that is captured on a CD, cassette, LP, or MP3 file has the magic of being live.

The steel drum I'm holding for Dash is a special one, tuned in the key of G using a pentatonic scale. This means there's not a "sour" note to hit. They're sold on the internet. I got mine from a place called Lark in the Morning, here: LINK.

This photo was taken at the end of the day. In the morning Dash felt too shy to have take the sticks and play the drum. A few hours later he gave it a try and made some music for his classmates.

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