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A Grandma Challenges Travis Barker To A Drum Battle

After nailing a cover of Blink-182’s ‘What’s My Age Again’ grandmother Dorothea Taylor lays down a challenge for Travis.

Dorothea Taylor has recently been making a name for herself by sharing drum covers of rock songs, and most recently, the “Godmother of Drumming” smashed a cover of blink-182’s ‘What’s My Age Again’ — effortlessly.

Taylor explains how she loved that song because of Travis’ ability to incorporate drum rudiments (flams, five-stroke rolls, pataflaflas) into “punk rock drumming.” She then challenged the blink-182 percussionist to a drum battle.

“You’re never too old, and you’re never too young to start playing the drums,” Taylor said. “You probably never would have expected someone like me to play along to blink. I’ve learned my rudiments over the years and was able to incorporate and understand what Travis was playing.”

“So, Travis Barker, are you watching?” she asked. “How about a drum battle?!”

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Dorothea Taylor started playing the drums at 13 when she joined a drum and bugle corps in her hometown in Michigan. She got her first set of drums in as a junior in high school and joined a band after she graduated, playing five nights a week. She started teaching drumline for her school’s Feeder Corps when she was 17 and has been teaching on and off ever since. Dorotea has been in polka bands, rock bands, theatre groups, church cantatas, symphony orchestras, jazz trios, and accompanies school concerts when an experienced drummer is needed.

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