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Dum Dum Da Dum Dum Da!

7th October 2011

We Will Rock you has been at the Sunderland Empire for the last two weeks, I went to see it last Thursday and loved it. Usually when I see things like this it reminds me that I'd love to be able to sing and perform like a rockstar (I know this will never happen...sigh) Not detered by this myself and Marie Gardiner went to Herrington Rock school for a lesson. From the start Marie was much better at playing the guitar and drums than me (but she has done it before).

With the guitar, the main thing I found tricky was getting my fingers in the right posistion, my fingers just didn't seem long enough. Also why are the strings made out of metal, which will cut into your fingers, it seems like a very bad design if you ask me, not that I'm making excuses you understand. Eventually Bob managed to get me to play a small piece, and I have to say I was chuffed with it, especially when I played it out on air people could actually name the song, praise indeed.

With the drums I really struggled, it's that concept of patting your head and rubbing your tummy at the same time, I've never been any good at that. The key seemed to be to stay relaxed but once I got going I'd just stiffen up and make more mistakes until I just wanted to throw the drum sticks across the room. Again Marie sat down and just did it, very smug! Also if that wasn't bad enough, there was a 10 year old having a lesson who was amazing on the drums. He drummed along to Green Day - Basket Case, and was perfect.

We both loved the lesson, and I think with more time and practice I might get there with the guitar, as for the drums I just can't keep it going for any length of time before messing up so I'll leave that to the drumming Gorilla off the adverts.

This week we have a visit from our big boss so I'm off to tidy my desk, speak soon!

Posted by Mark Black at 4:02pm

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