Christine Morgan

United States

Teacher/School: Gabe Helguera, DBO Academy & drummer, iPrevail | Richie Martinez, drummer, Arch Echo

Hi I’m Christine and this is my first year to enter HLAG.  I’m just a hobby drummer – I first picked up sticks in March 2021.  While I’ve only played in my basement thus far, playing in a band and playing live sounds like a fun future goal!  My goal this year was to feel comfortable enough with my drumming to film a video and submit it. So here we go…

My drumming journey started when I went to clean up my basement and saw my husband’s old Roland TD-17 and thought, well, someone should play this….  At the time, my favorite song was Dynamite by BTS, so I searched on YouTube and found someone who played a cover of Dynamite that sounded similar to the original.  I basically followed the drummer and copied where on the drum set he was hitting and since I wanted to know the song “note for note”, I ended up teaching myself how to read drum scores.

Recently, I completed a three month mentorship with two professional touring drummers: Richie Martinez, drummer for Arch Echo and Gabe Helguera, drummer for iPrevail.  One of the final lessons was learning how to create my own drum parts.  I like playing pop music and since most of today’s current pop music has computerized beats, I’ve been enjoying the challenge of interpreting the computerized version and figuring out how I would like the beats to sound on my acoustic set.  The song I chose for my entry is an example of this and I really had fun coming up with my own version of this song.  Hope you enjoy it – I have a lot of fun playing it!


  1. DianeHirakawa DianeHirakawa on April 5, 2023 at 7:45 am

    How brave and talented of you to created your own drum version of a favorite song. Your rhythm is spot on and I hope you continue on your drum journey. I’ve heard Drumeo has good on-line lessons, although was fortunate enough for 12 years to have a music/drum teacher. Since the pandemic, I haven’t had his instruction, so trying to find another top notch instructor. Good Luck!

    • Lachimolaladrum Lachimolaladrum on April 9, 2023 at 9:47 pm

      Good Luck to you, too, Diane! And good luck in finding another instructor that you love – although, I saw your entry and I don’t think you need an instructor! :—). Thank you for the kind words. My goal this year was to have the courage and confidence to actually film a video and submit – so I appreciate your encouragement & support!

  2. nadkelly nadkelly on April 6, 2023 at 5:48 pm

    It’s wonderful that you taught yourself, innovated on the kit, and also pursued more lessons with terrific mentors. Congratulations!!

    • Lachimolaladrum Lachimolaladrum on April 9, 2023 at 9:56 pm

      Thank you for watching my video, Nadine 🙂 and Congratulations to you too – your entry was fun to watch!

  3. Shannon Ulery on April 12, 2023 at 12:40 pm

    So impressed and proud of you- you’re so brave! You sound so awesome 🤩 and the best part is how much you enjoy playing!!!🥁🤗

    • Lachimolaladrum Lachimolaladrum on April 14, 2023 at 11:39 am

      Aww, thank you, S! And thank you for taking the time to watch my video – I seriously went back and forth on whether or not to submit it. But I took a deep breath and just did it😃 and I’m still alive – looool but seriously – thank you☺️

  4. avastarzewski on April 21, 2023 at 5:51 am

    Aunt Christine, You are so good!!! You look beautiful and your smile shows me that you are so happy ❤️.

    • Lachimolaladrum Lachimolaladrum on April 23, 2023 at 8:54 pm

      Hi Ava! Thank You – Miss you lots :—)

  5. Lauren Nguyen on April 22, 2023 at 5:20 pm

    Serious Whiplash vibes, C! You are so talented! 😘

    • Lachimolaladrum Lachimolaladrum on April 23, 2023 at 8:55 pm

      Lol Lauren😆. Thank you for voting :—)

  6. Jonathan Moneymaker on April 22, 2023 at 6:09 pm

    So fun! Congrats Christine!

    • Lachimolaladrum Lachimolaladrum on April 23, 2023 at 8:55 pm

      awww thank you for voting J!!

  7. Julie Monticello on May 17, 2023 at 5:58 pm

    Sorry that took me so long to watch/AWESOME!!!!!!!!!

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