Drumming in the holiday
Posted by pellison on Dec 19, 2006
I always enjoy drumming with friends and family. Last year I decided to incorporate the “drumming” experience into the holidays and invited everyone over to the house for what they thought would be a traditional Christmas celebration. Much to their surprise, I busted out the drums and other percussion gear and handed them out for all to explore.
There, before the lights of the holiday tree and roaring fireplace we gathered and created music together.Everyone had such a great time, I’ve been asked to do it again. This is such a great way to share in an activity together and really have lots of fun. If you don’t have percussion instruments handy, no worries. Find things around the house that can be converted into a percussive instrument. Here are a few hints:Get a package of chopsticks (they are really inexpensive), have your guests break apart the chopsticks (which will be used as strikers for some of your instruments). Bust out some pots and pans, an old water bottle, a lunch box or tupperware. Speaking of tupperware, fill a small container with rice or uncooked beans and you’ve got a nice little shaker. The key is to be creative. Speaking of keys, string some keys together and you have a perfect jingle type sound.
Here’s another idea, let your guests make their own instruments with the items you’ve supplied. You and your guests will have a great deal of fun and you will be surprised at how cool the end result is when everyone is tapping out a groove together. Let us know how your party turns out.