We have a very old, slightly out of tune piano. Michael has an acoustic guitar. We added to our musical instrument collection recently with a slight of size drum kit and a mini- Fender Stratocaster called a Squier — apparently we’re one instrument short of a family band. (Serious talks are being had over here to acquire a bass guitar.)
Michael and I both play the guitar and piano, respectively, so lessons aren’t terribly hard to pass along. Some time is carved out of each week for a more “formal” lesson, with mini-lessons and practices being held daily. For our Big Guy to have drum lessons, however, we needed something more concrete. Michael can drum (self taught, here too….) but the finer intricacies of the instrument aren’t his forte.
We are firmly in the camp that we don’t pay for lessons or “extra-curricular” activities that don’t require a “team” atmosphere. It’s a matter of practicality as much as self-preservation: we can always learn with our kids for knowledge, but we can’t be an entire baseball or soccer team. And the kids will constantly cost more money as they grow– gotta save it when and where we can!
We have found the most useful YouTube videos for beginner drumming lessons! Within about 15 minutes, our Big Guy was drumming his first rhythm. There are lessons for more advanced players as well. I’ve only recently (since becoming a family at home learning together) started realizing all the information available on YouTube. And it saves me $30/ week for drum lessons alone!
A perfect fit!