Re: Coming out of retirement !
I'm with you guys.
I started as more of a self taught drummer on the set; though I did play in my high school band. My band teacher was a woodwind guy so I wasn't so fortunate to learn from an actual drummer.
I did manage to learn on my own enough to play on the road but not quite as technical as I would have liked. 20 years later I'd gotten the urge to buy a kit and play in my basement.
I did just that. Over the last 8 years I've played a little on and off. Nowadays though, thanks to Internet, so many have unselfishly shared their knowledge and even have lessons, I'm actually once again self teaching myself. Though now using the infinite volumes of great lessons and information. This is a great age for me; from a developmental perspective. I have learned so much!!!
Well .... As you could imagine, I'm getting a little old But for me it's such a golden era as I finally can learn so much drumming technique which as I apply it now makes me feel so young.
I currently play with a bunch of guys (and a gal) in an ideal situation. We play a lot of fun stuff, old standards. We play fun parties for food and beer and have a blast. Though I have to admit; I'm willing to go to the next level.
I'm truly humbled though, by the amount of talented drummers out there. It was not until YouTube that I became aware of just how many drummers there are who rival some of the most renown players in the world yet perform no further than for the Internet audience.
I wish all you drummers coming out retirement the best possible experience. This is a great time to learn, shine and share in such a great community. That of the percussionist.