5. Green Day

Green Day is another of my favorite bands!

With their first official album “American Idiot,” they were a huge hit to many of the music fans. With their unique punk music, they created a so-called “Neo-punk” music genre. Their songs are very straight-beated, rhythmic, and most of all, easy to play as a band. Actually, the first song that I learned how to play on guitar was Green Day’s song, Wake me up when september ends.

The drummer of the band, Tre Cool, influenced me as much as Travis Barker did. As the fans might have already noticed, his facial expression while he’s drumming is just hilarious and energetic. He looks as if he is truly enjoying.

Apart from the musical values, Green Day embeds some meaningful lyrics in their songs. American Idiot, for example, includes the inevitable and negative effects that televisions and the media are creating. We even studied their lyrics in one of our literature classes! (Thank you Mr. Rider)

Famous Tre Cool Quote: I wish people would turn off their computers, go outside, talk to people, touch people, lick people, enjoy each other’s company and smell each other on the rump. Tre Cool Quotes

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4. Travis Barker

Travis Barker is one of the biggest reasons why I wanted to play the drums in the first place.

The first time I heard Travis Barker play his magical drums is when my friend gave me Blink 182’s album, “Take off your pants and jacket” for my birthday present. Without big expectation, I turned on the first song, First Date, and I was blown away! The fast punk music was so dynamic and mesmerizing. After listening to their whole album, I decided to teach myself how to drum.

Some amazing facts about Travis Barker is that he has myriads of tattoos on his whole body. Quoting him, “I tattooed my body so I couldn’t fall back on anything. I purposely did that so I couldn’t get a normal job and live a normal life. I did it so I had to play music.” (http://www.artistopia.com/travis-barker)

Although Travis Barker received most of his fames from Blink 182, he also was a member of many other bands, including Transplants and Box Car Racer.

His famous quote: My mom passed away a day before high school started, and her dream was for me to be a full rock and roll guy, and play drums in a band.
Travis Barker Quotes

3. Guitars

I started playing guitar after I taught myself how to play drums and bass guitar. I first bought my guitar few months ago, from Gilmore, the same company that I bought my first bass guitar from.

After learning how to play drums and bass, and becoming familiar with the “band” concepts and music, it was relatively easier for me to learn how to play the guitar. However, it wasn’t an easy process at all. I first started playing classic guitar (the wood-colored one in the picture). Then I bought the star-shaped electric guitar from Swing, as well as my first guitar amp. The black acoustic guitar is the newest one; I actually bought it last month from Epiphone!

2. Bass

The first instrument I ever enjoyed playing is drums. However, the first instrument I played that has notes and tunes is bass guitar. When listening to music, bass guitar tends to be hidden behind the drums and electric guitars, but it undeniably is one of the most essential instruments in any band.

My first bass guitar was from Glimore, a Korean music company. We unfortunately had a farewell, because I sold it to Alex Rhim. Last winter, I bought a new bass guitar, Dame Fall & Paul 300!

In playing bass guitar, there are two methods. The one that attracts most of the admirers is the “slapping” technique. I am still practicing how to slap! One of the most rhythmic songs that requires slapping is Higher Ground by Red Hot Chili Peppers. I’m still practicing on it!

1. Roland V-Drum

In Seoul, Korea, most people live in apartment buildings. Great. It saves spaces, and increases many of the dwelling efficiencies (heating, water, etc). But one of the most inevitable disadvantages that living in aparments brings is music. I am an avid drummer, and being unable to drum in my house was a big dilemma for me. So couple of years ago, I purchased an electronic drum set, Roland V-12. It only takes up about 1.2m x 1.6m space.

 

 

It simply is great- much more fabulous and realistic than I expected it to be. I can plug my iPod and play along the music, or connect to my computer and save my recordings. There are at least 20 different sounds for each of the drum parts (for example, there are 30 different types of snare drum). Because of the new drum set, I can play drums daily, and keep practicing!