Today I am taking part in the Blog Tour for Right on the Monet by Malcolm Parnell and have a lovely guest post to share with you.
Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to join the tour .
Right on the Monet
Claude Monet painting is stolen
Of all the things Harry Chase had imagined in his life, being a drummer on a cruise ship band was not one that would have occurred to him. And yet, there he was. Centre stage, behind a young female singer along with his mates, Dave, Tony and Steve.
Which meant that getting involved in a jewellery theft, an on-board massage parlour and the hunt for an Old Master was even further from his mind as he cracked the snare drum.
And yet, this was exactly how he found himself being questioned by Interpol …..
Today we have a lovely guest post written by Malcolm Parnell, author of Right On The Monet.
I can’t remember when I first discovered I wanted to be a drummer but I do recall listening to Dance to the Music by Sly and the Family Stone having a huge influence in that direction. I still have an early recollection of me as a child sitting on my bed miming to the radio with a pair of my mother’s knitting needles in my hand and pillows as drums.
My first actual drum kit was a mishmash of drums made up from different kits and if memory serves I think a couple of them still had the original pig skin heads. From there I graduated through various cheaper kits until I got my first ‘proper’ kit made by the famous Premier Drum Company. The kit was black and consisted of a snare drum, a single mounted tomtom, a floor tom and bass drum and it was magic. The hi-hats were of a cheap make as was the single crash/ride cymbal. In order to dampen the sound so I could practice in the kitchen I covered all the drums in blankets. This massively reduced the quality of both the sound and stick response but at least I could sit and hit the things. Eventually I discovered you could buy drum pads which fitted on the drums to deaden the sound but retained the same bounce you’d get from the actual drum skin. Now I could really go for it and would sit for hours with a single snare drum practising my rudiments. Rudiments are exercises using the sticks to play patterns on the drum. The most basic being the single roll consisting of hitting the drum with one stick and then the other –left right left right – increasing the speed as you went. Then came the mamma dada roll – left left right right left left right right – again increasing the speed with practice. My personal favourite is the paradiddle. The paradiddle goes as follows; left right left left, right left right right repeated and once speed is achieved creates a fabulous sound especially when play across several drums.
Having mastered the rudiments I realised that if I wanted to play live with an actual band I needed a better kit. This was achieved with the eventual purchase of a Pearl drum kit (Pearl being the make not the colour). This kit was to stay with me for many years and consisted of five drums grey sparkle in colour – snare, twin mounted toms, floor tom and bass drum. Paste Hi-hats, two Zyldian crash cymbals and separate Zyldian ride cymbal. This kit was truly the bee’s knees and at the age of twenty I auditioned for my first band.
The audition didn’t go so well as stage fright tightened me up and I didn’t make the first impression I had hoped. All was not lost however as the guys in the band agreed to give me a second go and this time I relaxed more and loosened up. Thus began an exiting and fun filled chapter in my life.
Author Bio – Malcolm Parnell has a passion for painting and teaches art and drawing skills when he is not working on his next novel.
His other passion, apart from his good lady wife, Marion, is Leicester City Football Club. Becoming an author and Leicester win the Premier League have been two of his greatest ambitions realised.
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