A young student came in to audition to perform in the Arts Showcase at the school where I teach. She wanted to play the drums.
She sat down at the drum set and pulled out a book and set it on the floor tom.
She then proceeded to whack the snare 3 times and then pause for one beat then 3 more whacks etc. I asked her how long she had been taking drum lessons. She said 3 months.
That was all she had learned in 3 months. I asked her if she could play any songs and with a bewildered look she said no.
So I asked her what her favorite song was and when she told me I pulled it up on Youtube. I played the song for her and told her to listen to what the kick was doing. She started doing that. Then I told her to listen to the snare and do THAT. She promptly did and her eyes got real BIG. She was PLAYING MUSIC…not reading dots. That took less than 5 mins!