Drummer Di

Diane Hirakawa
My passion for rhythm, music, and drumming began in middle school as a snare drummer in an all girl Ohio drum & bugle corps. In High School I surpassed gender bias barriers by believing and being accepted into a successful, previously all male drum line.
After a 30+ year break, I believed that I had the ability to start drumming again drum instructor Simon Das Gupta. I was quite surprised my drum chops were intact after an absence of so many years. Simon taught me how to read and write out drum musical notation which I am forever grateful.
Due to California isolation orders this year I could not record with my usual music friends. Instead I am entering a tune recorded at home with my Google cell phone.
With Led Zeppelin's "Fool in the Rain" coverI added some technical changes in addition to John Bonham's intricate high hat work, Purdie shuffles, and 1/8 note triplets. Also I added some of Thomas Lang's creative forms of rudiments combined with double bass grooves. I used both traditional grip with sticks and then for the samba section a match grip with mallets.
My influences still include: Rich Redmond's energy on the set, Thomas Lang's double bass work, Steve Gadd's rudiments, and the late Neil Peart's time signature changes. In addition to classic rock, I've been exploring other percussion instruments. I believe in more depth to my repertoire so recently started playing a cajon with bass pedal in a Christian Rock Band.

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  1. Drummer Di on April 23, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    Just know those open hi-hat, snare, base combo’s took a bit of work, as did the double bass ideas with a variety of ‘diddle’ forms from Thomas Lang. What else to do during 6 weeks so far of Ca. isolation, right? Ya’ll stay home and stay safe! I believe we can all get through this, maybe just not in the amount of time we’d like.

  2. giovannatakakibottai on April 23, 2020 at 7:01 pm

    Amazing choice to play!! This song has the most beautiful shuffle I’ve ever heard. Good luck in the Contest Diane. 😷😊

  3. Rasila Queen on April 24, 2020 at 7:33 am

    Awesome, Diane! Loved your photo collage and bare feet too! Great to see and hear you. I’m hoping they have one more weekly winner vote because so many good entries at the last minute.


  4. Dana on April 25, 2020 at 4:13 am

    Impressive!! Loved this!!!

  5. Steven Long on April 25, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    Outstanding. On point and a great groove. The photo collage in the middle is great. Good Luck Diane!

  6. samanddan1 on April 27, 2020 at 12:31 am

    Oh my goodness! Fantastic!

  7. Mary Shade on May 2, 2020 at 8:16 pm

    Well done Diane! Good song choice. Good luck!

  8. Victoria on May 18, 2020 at 7:30 am

    Well done, Di! Loved your groove, your drum face, so much joy and concentration 🙂

  9. Vera Figuereido on May 19, 2020 at 8:54 am

    Di, very good for you to bring Bernardie Purdie and John Bonham to us. It is not an easy task to play “Fool in the Rain” with Led Zeppelin.
    You’re brave. Good luck!

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