When some guys reach their mid-40s, they head out and buy the Harley-Davidson they always wanted. Me? I went out and bought a pretty sweet Gretsch drum set!
It's been a lifelong dream of mine to play the drums, but I needed to learn how. I purchase a lot of my gear at The Guitar Center in Allentown (they have an amazing "Drum Room"). One of the great young drummers there recommended Scott Williams and DrumWorks School of Music. "No better player or instructor in the area!" he said. Considering I was a newbie at this, did I need someone that accomplished? I decided to just go for it and accept whatever happened.
A year later, I can honestly say that I couldn't have found a better instructor. Scott's knowledge and appreciation of the drums and how they relate to any genre of music is really rather extraordinary. And his patience with me, knowing when to push and when to take things in a different direction, I've found to be invaluable.
In a short amount of time, Scott increased my acumen for drumming and my drumming vocabulary. Sometimes our lessons take the form of discussions; understanding why Keith Moon of The Who played the way he did as opposed to John Bonham of Led Zeppelin or Neil Peart of Rush.
My time training with Scott exploring what is actually "happening with the music" has given me a reinvigorated appreciation of not only the drums, but to music overall. Where my focus was strictly rock and pop music when I started with Scott, lately I've been listening to and enjoying different types of jazz and reggae as well as a new appreciation for the blues.
My weekly lessons with Scott Williams really are the highlight of my week. You can't put a price on personal development and personal expression, and though I know I have a long way to go, so far it's been an "Amazing Journey!"