Recently, I shared with a co-worker that one of my interests is drumming. The first thing she said was: “That’s great. You should take professional lessons.”
I was taken aback for a couple of reasons. First, she just presumed I needed lessons, and second, that only a “professional” instructor in a formal setting was the only legitimate way to go.
I do concede that I need to learn more since I don’t come from a musical background. But I prefer to learn by watching, listening, and doing. I learn in an “apprentice-style” relationship with other drummers. I hang out at drum circles and jam with better, more experienced drummers. They know things and generously share that knowledge with me. Sometimes I just shut up and listen to their rhythms and try to imitate them. The ego of the “professional” teacher is not present in the drum circle; they are just a bunch of musicians having a good time, and I am along for the ride.
We have learned this way for thousands of years. I see no reason to change that.
A WordPress Daily Post prompt: Apprentice