new female student help...

AndeAir

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I've been teaching for a while now and I'm accepting my first female student. I like to teach kids about other drumers to help inspire them and show them what can be done when you practice hard. So I need a few recommendations on great female drummers. I've known of a couple but no one particularly exceptional. Please help direct me so I can guide this young girl in finding a great musical role model.
 

rlrrll

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Meg White of the White Stripes can help you on two levels. First, she shows that girls can play in a popular band, and secondly the songs are very easy for a beginning drummer to learn. I usualy have all of my new students playing songs from the "White Blood Cells" album by the end of their first lesson. Playing songs quickly makes a new student think "Hey, maybe I can do this".

tc
 

l_e_i_g_h

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I agree...Mrs Ashbaugh is a good way to start. You can recommend te DVD "Taking Care of Business". Billy and Jennie are in it. :D

Xfactor":3exoqee8 said:
Try these names. Jennie ashbaugh, Amanda Lance, Naomi Langyworthy
and of course sheila E.
 

drumschick07

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Being a female, I don't think you neccessarily have to give her a good Female role model. I don't really think it really matters as long as the drummer is good. She's not going to look at whether or not the drummer is a girl or boy, she's going to focus more on how good play and their technique. So just give her one of the greats like buddy rich, mike portnoy, or simon phillips.
 

l_e_i_g_h

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Well Said! 8)

drumschick07":1v6lr7q9 said:
Being a female, I don't think you neccessarily have to give her a good Female role model. I don't really think it really matters as long as the drummer is good. She's not going to look at whether or not the drummer is a girl or boy, she's going to focus more on how good play and their technique. So just give her one of the greats like buddy rich, mike portnoy, or simon phillips.
 

trstn

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Evelyn Glennie ladies and gentlemen.

go watch "touch the sound" its mandatory for everyone hitting stuff rhythmically.
 

Naomi McFadyen

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drumschick07":pu3bbb7x said:
Being a female, I don't think you neccessarily have to give her a good Female role model. I don't really think it really matters as long as the drummer is good. She's not going to look at whether or not the drummer is a girl or boy, she's going to focus more on how good play and their technique. So just give her one of the greats like buddy rich, mike portnoy, or simon phillips.
I agree totally... although I have Evelyn Glennie and Simone Rebello as my kinda role models for percussion, I am always more inspired by the guys for drums and always will be.... it doesn't matter what sex you are, you can be inspired by ANY drummer.
 

guilty_verdict

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drumschick07":1oy2vu9g said:
Being a female, I don't think you neccessarily have to give her a good Female role model. I don't really think it really matters as long as the drummer is good. She's not going to look at whether or not the drummer is a girl or boy, she's going to focus more on how good play and their technique. So just give her one of the greats like buddy rich, mike portnoy, or simon phillips.
I agree. Don't treat your female students any differently to your male ones. Your female student will be looking to get the same thing out of the lessons as the male ones.
I'm not interested in other 'female drummers'... i'm just interested in drums and how others drum... if that 'other' happens to be female then so be it.
There's no difference between a female and a male drummer... we're just built a little differently.
 

quickstickz

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ande air, its good that you're taking a female student. i think dont treat her any differently to your boys. be straight with her and be patient if anything girls are better learners than boys i got 3 female students
and they are good
 

drumweezer

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Actually, I think it would be very helpful to mention a female drummer and a male drummer. Although, many people will say that it doesn't matter. As a woman, myself, I know that in reality that is not always the case.

When I started my career in drums, during the beginning of my adolescence, I got a lot of slack from a lot of people in regards to me being a woman and playing drums. If it had not been for my determination and my stubborness to prove "them" wrong, I would have not stuck to it. And when I mean slack, I mean being called expletives and individuals harrassing and threatening me.

Of course, now (15 years later), I definately don't have that problem anymore and haven't had it for quite some time.

Even though we think that sexism, racism, and other prejudices do not exist, they are still quite prevalent. As other drum comerades have said, don't treat her differently. But definately make her aware, maybe later on in her training, that if somebody says something to her (which I hope nobody does) that to remember that as long as she has confidence in herself and believes in herself that it doesn't matter what other people say.
 

blastbeats666

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rlrrll":1hmgk9mk said:
Meg White of the White Stripes can help you on two levels. First, she shows that girls can play in a popular band, and secondly the songs are very easy for a beginning drummer to learn. I usualy have all of my new students playing songs from the "White Blood Cells" album by the end of their first lesson. Playing songs quickly makes a new student think "Hey, maybe I can do this".

tc
yeah dude because the brother, jack, liked how she sounded when she was new to drumming, so anything from the first couple of albus would be good
 

Rob Crisp

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drumweezer":3jkf9a02 said:
Actually, I think it would be very helpful to mention a female drummer and a male drummer. Although, many people will say that it doesn't matter. As a woman, myself, I know that in reality that is not always the case.

When I started my career in drums, during the beginning of my adolescence, I got a lot of slack from a lot of people in regards to me being a woman and playing drums. If it had not been for my determination and my stubborness to prove "them" wrong, I would have not stuck to it. And when I mean slack, I mean being called expletives and individuals harrassing and threatening me.

Of course, now (15 years later), I definately don't have that problem anymore and haven't had it for quite some time.

Even though we think that sexism, racism, and other prejudices do not exist, they are still quite prevalent. As other drum comerades have said, don't treat her differently. But definately make her aware, maybe later on in her training, that if somebody says something to her (which I hope nobody does) that to remember that as long as she has confidence in herself and believes in herself that it doesn't matter what other people say.
I was going to say a similar thing about getting flack from peers being a female drummer. Good advice!

I've had a couple of female students and actually, they picked things up quicker than the majority of boys... always found that interesting.

RLRRLL pointed out meg White and although she bugs the hell outta me, he's dead right! Get them playing by the end of the first lesson and it'll give them a huge confidence boost. Not to mention you can throw the Meg White female drummer thing in there, wiithout even referencing it.
 
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