In taiko class, the drums are arranged in two rows. More experienced students play in the front row, so students in the back row can watch and learn. Sensei decides who plays in which row.
This past month, depending on turnout, I’ve started to get more time in the front row. The first time it happened, it was a little nerve wracking. I was playing directly in front of Sensei and I really didn’t want to mess up.
Yesterday, I spent most of our 2 hour class playing in the front. I definitely worked harder on form to not look like a slacker, but mentally everything felt normal.
After class, one of the regular front row students asked, “How’d you like your extended run on the first line?”
The first line! That’s how you know you’ve made it in hockey.
I guess I’ve made it in taiko now too.
(I’m kidding. You know I’m kidding, right? It’s ridiculous how much there is to learn.)