Category Archives: Drum Education

Live, Loud & Drum Healthy Vol. 1

I watched this video recently on YouTube by a bloke called Jai Es who talks about a lot of stuff I think is very important for drummers and not discussed as often as it should. It’s a great run down of fundamental drum technique with a great deal of focus on posture, relaxation, attitude and […]

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Full Tony Allen Masterclass on YouTube

Wow, this is brilliant, an hour long masterclass with Tony Allen giving loads of detail about his playing style and approach to music. Wonderful, wonderful. What a treat.

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Mike Dolbear Announces Ultimate Drum Experience 2016

I just saw Mike’s video explaining what UDE is. I attended the Ultimate Drum Experience a couple of years back and it was a brilliant learning experience. It was well organised, the teachers were amazing and I got to learn about a bunch of stuff that I wouldn’t have normally thought about. I really enjoyed […]

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It’s Half Way Through January And I haven’t Blogged Anything In Yonks

This is the perfect opportunity to do one of those compilation type posts where I list a bunch of interesting things that have come to my awareness. Mark Kelso Recently I watched Adam Hay’s interview of a drummer named Mark Kelso, a very interesting bloke I never heard of. Suddenly Mark Kelso is all over […]

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Drum Chart For Ryan Higa’s GTFO MY Room

This is a drum chart transcribed by my student Franco. He’s a talented guy and has great reading chops so we’ve been working on transcribing stuff. This is his first full chart. It was created using the free Musescore application which is a full featured music notation package. I’d never heard of Ryan Higa prior […]

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Modern Drummer Article On Learning Jazz

Here’s an interesting article from Modern Drummer that Jon McCaslin linked to in a recent post on his Four On The Floor blog. It’s a bunch of drummers sharing their thoughts on the benefits in learning to play jazz. These comments made by Marc Dicciani really stuck out: 9. Life skills: We play drums because […]

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Collection Of Free Drum Lessons On Drumeo

Since I recently mentioned there are some good drum workshop/masterclasses/lessons, what have you, on the Drumeo Youtube channel (the Purdie thing is a coup!), I thought I might as well list some of them here. As I said, I don’t really like their resident teachers but their collection of free lessons with well known drummers […]

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Benny Greb Free Lesson on Drumeo – Art & Science of Groove

I just discovered this brilliant video lesson/educational presentation by the famous Benny Greb who’s doing the rounds promoting his new DVD The Art & Science Of Groove which was produced via a Kickstarter campaign (including a few shekels from yours truly…). The DVD is really good, I have on my To Do list to review […]

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Musical Time – The Drummer From Semisonic Writes About Feel

Here’s a series of blog posts I discovered courtesy of The Steve Goold Blog by drummer Jacob Slichter of Semisonic talking about developing one’s sense of time and all that encompasses. This is a topic that can seem quite esoteric and can be challenging to communicate to students about, especially with those who don’t listen […]

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Whiplash – A Bloody Awful Film About Drumming

So I hate-watched Whiplash, the movie that’s got folks salivating with anticipation due to some glowing reviews and enthusiastic press reports. I say hate-watched because I knew I’d hate the movie due to a bunch of stuff some sensible people wrote about it, like George Colligan did on his Jazz Truth Blog and from the […]

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