Drumming and Communication
You say, "Hello all."
Zaqs smiles and
Teraille looks up from her drumming yet again to nod to
Tomias. "Have a seat," she invites, as her fingers continue to beat out
odd rhythms. "I don't know that we've had lessons together yet. I'm
Tomias sits down, and takes his Bodhran out of it's weyrhide
Zaqs grins "I'm Zaqs"
You say, "Well met, Journeyman
Petra sits down quietly.
Teraille quirks an
eyebrow at that. "And you would be...?" she prompts lightly.
"I am Apprentice Tomias."
"Tomias," Teraille repeats. "Well met,
Tomias." She still her fingers finally, letting her palm lay flat on the
drum hide. "Have any of you done any work with drumming before?"
shakes his head "No."
Tomias raises his hand.
Teraille nods to Tomias. "Was it the drum as an instrument, or the drum as a method of
You say, "Mainly as an instrument."
Petra shakes her
You say, "I realize that drum message measures are different,
young girl you see before you is quite feminine in her appearence though she
appears to be quite shy looking away blushing at your glance. Her long black
silky hair is plaited into a braid that easily reaches her waist. She is 5 feet
four inches tall and weighs only 105 pounds. At first glance she looks as though
the wind could blow her small framed body right over; but, at a closer look you
see that her body is quite well toned. Petra's eerily silver eye's are exactly
the same hue, tone, color, and shape as her faithful cat Sepa; who is almost
always perched as firmly on her owners shoulder as any fire lizzard. The only
difference in her and her cat's eyes is the slight differnce in shape.
Teraille nods, completing the circle. "Good.
That's what they're used for. And you guys are going to learn the most
basic patterns. I'm not going to get overly complex today, but it will be
Zaqs says, "Okay."
Petra nods again slightly.
"That sounds good to me."
"I'm going to be tapping the patterns out on
this," Teraille smacks her palm down on the drum to indicate it rather
more loudly than necessary. "It's also possible to do it via snapping,
whistling, tapping your feet... This is just easier to figure out what's
being said on."
Petra giggles slightly at the lound noise.
taps out a quick, complex pattern on the drum. "Who thinks they can repeat
that?" she wonders, her eyes sweeping the three.
Tomias taps out the
measure, but flubs it a little. "Oops.
Zaqs thinks about the measure
and tries it out.
Tomias tries again, and gets it right.
Petra tries the measure finally getting it right on her third try.
at Tomias. "Good work," she praises his second attempt, nodding to Zaqs as
he gets it, and Petra as it falls into place for her. "Good," she repeats.
"Now. Bet you have no idea what you jsut said."
Zaqs tries again almost
beating the measure correctly.
Petra grins and nods, "not a
Zaqs shakes his head "Not at all"
Tomias shakes his
Teraille nods. "Figured as much," she notes. "The hard thing
isn't always learning the measures. It's learning what they translate
into. Have you ever had a fragment of song running though your head
without remembering the words?"
You say, "Hasn't
"It's like that," Teraille explains. "You
remember the pattern, but not the words. That translated to "Emergency."
It's one of the most important patterns."
nods as she taps the pattern out again to memorize it.
Zaqs taps the
pattern out slowly engraving it into his memory.
Tomias practices the
code several times, faster and faster each time, until he has
Teraille considers her pupils. "How long did it take you to learn
that? Estimate." Her head tilts to one side.
You say, "About five
minutes, perhaps a bit less."
Petra shrugs, "couple of minutes I
Teraille nods. "How many words would you guess we use on any
sort of regular basis?"
Zaqs shrugs "five?"
You say, "Probably,
seventy or so."
Petra shrugs, "i haven't a clue, seven or
Teraille blinks at Tomias. "I'll bet you a mark I can list more
than seventy words I use regularly /right/ now."
You say, "That's a
wager I wouldn't take, even if I had a mark. :)"
air of presence follows this young woman, whose five feet and eight inches of
height don't seem enough to describe her. Her long brown hair has been pulled
around in a type of twist. It winds once around a loose bun and then falls in an
unsecured tail hanging several inches below her shoulders. Confident green eyes
sweep the room, seeming to take it in with a single glance. Her stance is easy,
and her footing solid. As she speaks, her hands move easily in a silent
illustration of her points. Lightly tanned skin covers a figure toned by
exercise and hard work. Her eyes, though not hard, are firm, and still carry
with them an air of serenity and self-satisfaction. A hidden light sparkles
behind them still, but it is under control, and adds to a subtle maturity. Her
chin is held proudly, adding to the appearance of height.
Zaqs says, "hours."
frowns slightly, "a lot of sevendays worth of hours."
You say, "That is if we practiced them
Teraille blinks at Tomias. "2100 divided by sixty... Yeah.
You're good. Can you guys imagine spending that much time in lessons with
a teacher tapping on a drum and naming words?"
Tomias But isn't that why drum apprentices spend six months to a
turn in the drumheights?
Petra nods her head, "I can."
at Tomias. "Yes. But they aren't learning it from a teacher. What happens
is that he gives them one of these." She waves a few pieces of hide in the
air. "These are drum codes, transcribed into notation. They take them and
learn them on their own time. And guess what? you guys get to take these
and learn them on your own time!"
Petra grins, "neat."
his packet of hides and starts to look them over.
Teraille hands out
the packets, then rises. "Come back in a sevenday, and we'll go over them,
You say, "Ok."
Zaqs pulls out a hide and starts to jot
down the lecture.
Petra nods as she takes her packet looking at it.
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