Local musician inspiring others through online music challenge

Posted at 3:20 PM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 17:20:16-04

TWIN FALLS, Idaho — A Twin Falls man is using his passion for music to inspire those isolated at home because of coronavirus concerns.

Lance Wells has been playing all kinds of instruments for years, and like many musicians, he's stuck at home. That's why he created his "Super Samba" musical challenge, to help give people at home a way to interact and share their music digitally.

"I just thought that's all the more reason to turn lemons into lemonade, because along with everyone else I'm sure there are musicians out there that aren't going to their music classes or playing for or with other people," Wells said.

In order to complete the challenge, you have to learn the drumbeat Wells created. The beat utilizes all four limbs, something Wells says will help musicians stay sharp while they're at home.

"Anybody who plays music, or anybody who just likes a brain teaser. You know, coordination and independence and those kinds of things come into, certainly, musicianship," Wells said.

To help those participating in the challenge, Wells posted a full, online tutorial on playing the beat to Youtube.

Wells says you don't have to be a musician, or even have instruments, to participate in the challenge. It's open to anyone and everyone who wants to give it a try.

"I sat down with like a couple of pencils and a glass, and one foot with a shoe on and one foot with a shoe off," Wells said. "I mean if you have four different surfaces to play on, one for each limb, you could conceivably do this without having a single instrument in your house."

Once you have the beat down, Wells says you can get as creative as you want.

"I thought well, there may, in fact, be people who don't play the drums that still want to do it," Wells said. "So, the basic thing is to play the part, but beyond that, you can make it into just about anything you want."

If you'd like to enter, he says all you have to do is post a video to Youtube and tag his channel in the comments. Wells is even supplying prizes for the winners from his own musical instrument collection.

If you'd like to enter, Wells posted a full video explaining all the rules and prizes. You can watch it below.