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  1. Comrade Tim

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    Quote Originally Posted by therocker View Post
    As drummers we love drums and drumming. Noisy cymbals, clanky cowbells & a hi hat with a souped up tempo.

    As for our loved ones and neighbors, they may not live the drums so much.

    So my questions are...in pursuit of you drum dreams and goals ...

    1. Did you get support from a parent or guardian?

    2. Did your siblings offer help or support?

    3. Does/ did a spouse or significant other offer support / encouragement ?

    4. Did you buy your first kit with your own money?

    5. Do your neighbors complain about your drums?

    6. Do your band mates complain about you drumming? ( offer advice on how to play)

    7. Years you've been playing?

    I'm interested to see, what's left of the PDF members, have been through in your years of drumming?
    1. Yes. Sperm donor was a drummer and it's the only thing I got from him worth a damn.
    2. No. Sister didn't care.
    3. Yes. See my pix of the shop in my kit thread - that was her idea.
    4. Yes. Exports bought in 1989, my bro in law still plays the kit.
    5. No. Neighbors are often in the shop rocking out with us.
    6. No. When I'm actively in a band, no.
    7. 41. Started when I was 10.

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  2. The Sensitone Guy

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    Quote Originally Posted by therocker View Post
    As drummers we love drums and drumming. Noisy cymbals, clanky cowbells & a hi hat with a souped up tempo.

    As for our loved ones and neighbors, they may not live the drums so much.

    So my questions are...in pursuit of you drum dreams and goals ...

    1. Did you get support from a parent or guardian? Yes. They let me play whenever.

    2. Did your siblings offer help or support? No.

    3. Does/ did a spouse or significant other offer support / encouragement ? Yes.

    4. Did you buy your first kit with your own money? Yes.

    5. Do your neighbors complain about your drums? No.

    6. Do your band mates complain about you drumming? ( offer advice on how to play) No complaints. Sometimes offer suggestions. Lots of good natured harassment.


    7. Years you've been playing? 35



    I'm interested to see, what's left of the PDF members, have been through in your years of drumming?

    Me:
    1. No
    2.No
    3. No
    4. Yes
    5. No
    6. No
    7. 30
    See above

  3. Registered User

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy H View Post
    See above
    Andy H. So your saying your answers are the same as mine?

    I put mine kind of bluntly where some other have chosen to elaborate a little. I like that style. I too will give more info eventually. Because it's not really so cut and dry.

  4. The Hardware Guy

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    Did you get support from a parent or guardian?
    Yes. My mother was generally supporting, as you'd expect a mother to be, and my dad had a musical background, so was very supportive of me when I wanted to play drums (which took surprisingly less convincing than I expected). My dad would also drive me and my full double bass kit to and from gigs, one weeknights, weekends, all day festivals, plus to and from band practices, etc. Really couldn't have asked for me.

    2. Did your siblings offer help or support?
    No

    3. Does/ did a spouse or significant other offer support / encouragement ?
    My cat thinks I'm the best drummer in the* world

    4. Did you buy your first kit with your own money?
    No. My dad bought my first kit from a family friend. He also bought my second kit (a vintage Premier kit) from my drum tutor a year or so later after I'd been gigging with a band for a while.

    5. Do your neighbors complain about your drums?
    I was very lucky to have had good neighbours when I was growing up. Thankfully we also lived in a detached house with proper brick walls, so as long as I didn't take the pee, and had a curfew of 8pm for playing, we never had any complaints (that I knew of)

    6. Do your band mates complain about you drumming? ( offer advice on how to play)
    No more or less than a bunch of kids creating music together would. "play it like this" or "that's rubbish, do something else there", as you'd expect.

    7. Years you've been playing?
    On and off for roughly 25 years

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  5. Drumming Since 1943

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    I’m actually surprised at how many here are only children like me.
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  6. Registered User

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    Quote Originally Posted by JY Kelly View Post
    I’m actually surprised at how many here are only children like me.
    Me too. I never meet only children in my daily life.
    "Why is that mirror sneezing?"



    "Ah, look, it's just an old, creaky mirror, y'know, sometimes it sounds a little like it's sneezing, or coughing, or talking softly."

  7. Drumming Since 1943

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheElectricCompany View Post
    Me too. I never meet only children in my daily life.
    Same here. I think it was more of a thing years ago but now? NO ONE has just one. I’d go as far to say that I think Families with ONE kid is more unusual than couples like us who chose not to have children.
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  8. Registered User

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    1. Did you get support from a parent or guardian? Yes

    2. Did your siblings offer help or support? Yes

    3. Does/ did a spouse or significant other offer support / encouragement ? Yes

    4. Did you buy your first kit with your own money? No

    5. Do your neighbors complain about your drums? Yes

    6. Do your band mates complain about you drumming? ( offer advice on how to play) No

    7. Years you've been playing? 25

  9. Miles Gibbons

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    Great topic!

    1. Did you get support from a parent or guardian?

    Yeah. My dad is a drummer, so he offered lots of guidance, and let me borrow gear. He'd drive me to shows before I drove, and helped me build a partially sound-proofed practice space. My mom let me play at home, never set a time-limit on my playing, and encouraged me to enrol in a music program, post-secondary wise. They were both encouraging when I decided to pursue music as a career. We were a fairly low-income family, but my parents did everything they could to support me. I'm very fortunate.

    2. Did your siblings offer help or support?

    My little brother played piano, and my little sister dabbled in piano, drums and guitar. They didn't "help" me per se, but they were and are supportive, always.

    3. Does/ did a spouse or significant other offer support / encouragement ?

    Yes, my wife supports me. We've only lived in apartments with V-Drums, which don't bother her. I'm not sure how she'd fare, living with an acoustic kit at home. She's supportive, though. I've missed lots of family events, birthdays, holidays etc. The first time we moved-in together, we moved our stuff in on a Thursday, and then I left for a three week tour the next morning ha ha. I play for a living, and am the primary earner, so that adds a whole other dynamic to the situation.

    4. Did you buy your first kit with your own money?

    I borrowed my dad's gear until I got a job and could afford my own. I started with buying my own cymbals, mainly because he and I had different tastes, and eventually bought my own snare, stands and shells.

    5. Do your neighbors complain about your drums?

    Nope, the V-Drums are on a muffling platform, so no issues so far. I don't practice too late at home.

    6. Do your band mates complain about you drumming? ( offer advice on how to play)

    No one I play with has ever complained - to me, at least - about my drumming. The bands I've been in have been equal parts, so everyone's got feedback on everyone else's parts. I play for a living, sometimes with 3-4 different bands a week, so sometimes people request I do certain things, or play a certain way. I try to oblige when it makes sense to.

    7. Years you've been playing?

    19 Years.
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  10. Drumming Since 1943

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonah Hex View Post
    1. Yes. Sperm donor was a drummer and it's the only thing I got from him worth a damn.
    2. No. Sister didn't care.
    3. Yes. See my pix of the shop in my kit thread - that was her idea.
    4. Yes. Exports bought in 1989, my bro in law still plays the kit.
    5. No. Neighbors are often in the shop rocking out with us.
    6. No. When I'm actively in a band, no.
    7. 41. Started when I was 10.
    Yow. I'm sorry dude. Having gone through abuse myself I feel for you.
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  11. Dalmi Joedi - Jedi

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    Quote Originally Posted by JY Kelly View Post
    Yow. I'm sorry dude. Having gone through abuse myself I feel for you.
    I’ve had my fair share of parenting issues regarding my parents, I’m sorry to hear this from the both of you.

  12. Comrade Tim

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    Quote Originally Posted by dale w miller View Post
    I’ve had my fair share of parenting issues regarding my parents, I’m sorry to hear this from the both of you.
    Thanks (to both of you) - was what it was, I opened the door to salvage a relationship for the guy 20 years ago, he never walked through it....dude died a couple years ago, half my family was po'd at me because I didn't shed a tear and when asked could only state the world was better off....I had other role models - my grandfather was what a dad should have been and an uncle who fanned my love of music and encouraged me in every way possible...

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