THE ENLARGED DRUM KIT

By Johanne James

02 January 2017 by Johanne James

Hello there my friends.

The enlarged drum kit. Are you kidding me?
The size of some drum kits today looks more like a construction site than a drum kit! Seeing as I do my own teching, I keep it simple. I must say that there was once a time when I had a 27 piece drum kit. Yes that's what I said a 27 piece kit! There wasn't much room for anything else on stage, I can tell you. It was a complete nightmare, what on earth was I thinking? I guess I was just trying to impress the girls. Can you sense an inadequacy here? I had to make up for my rather diminutive stature, hence all that metal. Plus it made up for what I couldn't do as people were so impressed with the size of it they didn't notice how badly I was playing! Lol. I had gongs, cowbells, bar chimes, splash cymbals, china types, 6 toms the lot. Anyway, to cut a long and boring story short, my brother and myself were setting up this monstrosity when we all of a sudden looked at each other and in a moment of telepathic communication I then said, I don't need all this, let's get rid of it. Consequently I ended up with just 4 drums, 3 cymbals and 2 hi-hats and discovered that I in fact played better than I did when I was surrounded and consumed by all this stuff! It ended up in a skip.
Things go in circles and cycles and the return to a 4-piece kit was in fashion for a while and then bang, the return of the Jedi or enlarged kit. It would take an up-to-date satnav to negotiate your way round some of these monsters and I have the utmost admiration for those who can, I can't! In fact the less I have the more I can do and seeing as I'm only little my sense of self-esteem has now been restored. No more inadequacies!

Thanks for listening.

Johanne James







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