Dave Grohl realized to play drums by bashing pillows | Leisure

Dave Grohl learned to play the drums on pillows.

The Foo Fighters front man started his career as a drummer in Nirvana and has shown that he had to improvise to learn his instrument of choice. Although his DIY kit helped him improve his style of play, it also caused problems when he finally got a real drum kit.

He said, “I didn’t even have a drum kit when I was learning how to play the drums.

“I had two drumsticks that were actually marching sticks, so they were gigantic fat, and I put on cushions in the shape of a drum kit and played Ramones records or Minor Threat records at a very fast 200 beats per minute. aggressive drumming.

“When I was 16 and someone gave me a normal pair of drumsticks on a normal drum kit, I just crashed everything.

“I broke basins like they were teacups.

“That’s why I’ve always been such a basher. I’ve tried to learn the intricacies of dynamic drumming, but it’s no use.

“When the rock and roll bug hit, I really decided, ‘This is me. ‘

“All the sport went out the window. I thought this was my passion. This is my love. “

And the ‘Everlong’ hitmaker honed his musical skills on long road trips that he took with his mother and sister during the school holidays.

In an interview with Big Issue Magazine, he said, “For our family outing that summer, the three of us piled up in our tiny Ford Fiesta and drove to Ohio or Chicago, a good 12 hour drive through mountain passes and cornfields.

“And I learned about rhythm in a fun way on these trips.

“My mom and I would sit in the front of the car and she would teach me how to sing harmonies, or we would do these little games – you name that melody. Or snap your fingers at the song on the radio as we drove through the mountain passes to see if I was still on the beat when we got out of the tunnel.

“In all honesty, it taught me about rhythm and beat and it’s still one of my favorite games to this day. Those were the days, old man. “