Hello! I'm Christal, and I'm currently a drum instructor. It's a joy to be able to impart to aspiring drummers of all ages, from kids to seniors! I'm a fan of prog rock and metal and all other sorts of groove-based music. I strongly believe in prioritizing the music over the individual instrument. It's the best feeling playing with a band where each listens to the rest and gives or fills space accordingly!
My drumming story began at the age of 12, when I saw a drummer play with my future secondary school's concert band - to my mother's mild dismay, I set my heart on being that musician behind the kit someday ("how about the flute, or clarinet?" I recall her inquiring hopefully). The following year I joined the band's percussion session. I played all sorts of percussion instruments in concert band for the next six years, learning independence by combining snare and bass drum and crash scores into a drumset part when various section members were absent.
At 17 I had my first foray in playing with a rock band when I started playing the drums for my youth worship team. I wasn't very confident at improvising yet, and was leaning more towards the percussion path at the time, being a member of the Singapore Wind Symphony Percussion Ensemble. Things changed two years later when I entered university and joined a music group that was essentially a musician's collective playing pop and rock and everything in between. Here I got to play with many different musicians and learn a vast variety of songs. Around this point I learned of the existence of progressive rock and metal as well as funk and fusion, and life was never quite the same.
In my second year of university I started teaching part-time at a local drum school, and meeting other drum teachers there further spurred me on to hone my craft. I came to enjoy researching and fine-tuning techniques and transcribing songs, and later on to write drum parts to original songs in my own bands. After graduation I decided to teach full-time, where I've been to this day! I also drum for alt-rock band Efficient Public Transport and Sangriento, a symphonic metal band, as well as in my local church.
This track by TesseracT is one I really enjoyed for the subtleties in ghost notes, rhythmic variations and modulations, as well as the fascinating over-the-barline cycles towards the end. For the past two years I've been aiming to cover one song every month - figuring out how other drummers phrase parts and think about rhythms to a song is one of my favorite things to do!