banging wall

perhaps it’s because of the three week hand drumming class that greg and i just finished up, but i can’t stop pretend playing the drum on everything even remotely resembling a drum.  coffee cans, empty herb jars, you name it.  i’m banging away on it.  we’ve been watching youtube, looking at videos of hand drumming and showing the kids.  joel is always more than happy to make a racket, but ruth is usually very hesitant about new things in general and especially new things she thinks you want her to do or that draw too much attention, but i’ve been surprised that she’s been interested as well and even snatched away my coffee can the other day to one up my lyrical beats with some of her own.

this is a sweet video of people playing djembe drums, a type of african hand drum.  (this isn’t exactly how the class went, being that we were a bunch of lame mid-westerners holed up in a spare high school classroom with fluorescent lighting).

a while back, i read a homeschooling book where the lady described what i think she referred to as a “banging wall” if memory serves.  or a percussion wall.  in any case, she hung a bunch of metal type thingies on a wall for her kids to go outside and bang on whenever they felt the urge.  i stored it away in the old noodle for a rainy day, or until we had a kid that wasn’t completely put off by loud noises (ahem, cue joel).  anyways, i finally got organized enough to actually have the thought that i should do it, gather up the supplies and actually do it while joel was down for his nap.

i didn’t take a picture, but it actually turned out pretty dang awesome and we did some high quality banging.  the best part is it’s on the wall behind the garage so the sound is somewhat muffled, or at least the neighbors can’t see us and so don’t know where all the racket is coming from.

here is something way nicer than my personal rig.  i had to use the only string i had available, some chintzy kids kite string, plus i didn’t really have all day to draw up a blueprint and map it all out, people.   joel only takes about an hour nap, if that some days.

in any case, we can make some pretty sweet beats on it. i’ll let you know how long our percussion kick lasts.



Author: Terry

Welcome! I am a Waldorf and unschooling-inspired homeschooling parent of three, ages 2, 5, and 8 living in the metro Lansing area writing from the front lines of parenthood. Join me as I try to navigate homeschooling and bask in the craziness of life with young ones. Feel free to leave a comment. I would love to hear from you! Thanks for stopping by!

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