Senri Kawaguchi playing drums

Possibly the best drummer in the World – And she is only 16!

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Senri Kawaguchi is a 16-year-old from Japan who is better at playing the drums than you, me, and possibly Tommy Lee. Senri Kawaguchi was born in the suburbs of Nagoya, Japan in 1997. She started playing drums at the age of 5. At the age of 8 years she started studying under Kozo Suganuma – a famous Drum Master.

Senri received awards in the “Rhythm & Drums Magazine” Contest in 2007 and appeared in some TV shows. In 2009, she started live performances and collaborated with the fusion band “FRAGILE” …and released her debut DVD “Horoscope”. Now she studies in general junior high school and does music-studies too.

We can’t be a 100% on that last one though, because we haven’t seen her lash it out while rotating 360 degrees inside a suspended metal cage (that’s right Kawaguchi, your ass just got challenged by me, and maybe also Tommy Lee but I won’t commit on his behalf because he is a grown man who can speak for himself. Tommy, if you’re down, hit me up because a drum-off between you two would be amazing.)

In this video making the rounds (is there anyway that exists to be all “look at this thing from the internet” without sounding like a total n00b? There isn’t, is there?) Kawaguchi demonstrates her killer drum skills. She is impressive enough that when the video was over I had to quietly go stand outside and stare at the sky wondering why I was put on this earth. So you know, just the usual. It used to be that I found child prodigies charming. But now that I am over 30, I just quietly resent them and all of their gifts. *Pauses to shake fists at the heavens*

As much as I resent talented children, I love playing the drums, or at least, the idea of it. I vowed a couple of years back to learn how to play them like a boss and rock Brooklyn’s socks off. Sadly, this did not occur. My lessons were cut short when I got a massive cyst on wrist that require surgical hacking-out. Then I just never went to it. Also they did not let me keep the cyst. So it was an all around bummer. If I’d at least been given a small piece of my own insides to preserve and display in a jar to all my house guests, that would have been at least something.

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