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  1. Learning a 2nd instrument can be incredibly beneficial, particularly for drummers. Most drummers possess a reasonable understanding of rhythm, timing & dynamics, but drums don't offer much exposure to concepts like melody, pitch & harmony. Because they lack relevance, they’re rarely taught. The thing is, that lack of knowledge leaves a gaping hole in one’s ability to understand, appreciate & create music. It did for me! I simply didn't realize it at the time. During my 9 years as a drummer/singer, I was content to focus exclusively on those 2 skills. Why? I'm not altogether sure! I guess I’d convinced myself that widening my scope would somehow detract from my current abilities. Looking back, I can see that was a load of crap. But as we all know, hindsight is 20/20. If I had it to do again, I wouldn't hesitate to take advantage of the excellent musicians around me. Several of whom would have been happy to share their knowledge for free. Fortunately, in the final analysis, if we learn matters more than when. Eventually I did expand my musical horizons. Specific Instrument Recommendations Both guitar & piano (keyboard) deal with melody, pitch and harmony. While there are other instruments to choose from, guitar & keyboard offer one big advantage over many others. Both are capable of playing multiple notes simultaneously. In other words - chords. Chords & harmony are inseparably linked…synonymous parts of the larger musical puzzle. Guitar & keyboard offer a wider range of practical applications. Either should qualify you to: · recreate recognizable parts of your favorite songs · play strictly for your own enjoyment · function as part of a band · write your own songs · accomplish combinations of the above An overwhelming majority of songwriters choose piano or guitar as their primary writing instrument. I chose guitar. Last, but not least, learning a melodic instrument aids in developing your sense of pitch. As a drummer…even a singing drummer, you may think you hear pitch well. I did But it's amazing how much improvement occurs with the addition of a melodic instrument. I began noticing a difference after my first year of guitar. I was listening to some of my old vinyl albums & started hearing pitch imperfections in vocal tracks I’d listened to hundreds of times before. Was I listening differently…was my turntable out of adjustment? Nope! All that had changed was my perception. Pitch imperfections which had always been there, I was now able to discern. Unfortunately, to truly understand what I’ve tried to describe, you need to experience it. So, don't take my word for it…find out for yourself ! Tom Hoffman "About Me" Muse Member pg. Tune-Smith.com Tom Hoffman YouTube
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