A fun weekend. On Friday Angharad and I visited the dad (Andrew) of one of her classmates (Stephen), who has a Roland Digital Drum Kit. This is a great deal of fun, as I can attest. Angharad thought so too (see picture). She has headphones on through which she can hear the sounds that she is creating. Through these it sounds exactly as if the drummer is live on stage. The kit comes with built-in music (of every conceivable type) and with the facility to mute the drums on the track and play along oneself. It also allows the drummer to follow the drums on the music track and assesses accuracy of performance. VERY clever! And for the cognoscenti amongst you, here is a demo of how the drum kit might sound in expert hands: ftp://ftp.roland.co.uk/Videos/TD-9KX/videos.html
Thursday, 7 January 2010
Angharad loves music. While not prodigious in the Mozartian sense, of course, she has moved on from putting CDs into the B&O or changing them when they get boring; now she's taken to playing drums, a recorder, our piano and, here, a blues harmonica. OK 'playing' goes a bit far but I reckon her body-language would do any Blues harpist proud - bending, twisting and rolling!