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Joe The Drummer

Drumset For Beginners

“The Drummers’ Guide to Teaching and Learning the Drumset” The first line of this post would be easier to write if I could remember where I first came across this book. Suffice it to say that I read a couple of reviews and in a rare moment of extravagance, I ordered it. Drumset For Beginners by Paul Hose & Jim Farey sets out from the very beginning to put the creativity of the student (and necessarily the teacher) at the… Read More »Drumset For Beginners

Skamonics Gig

Had a great time playing with the Skamonics who have me sit in when their drummer, Mark, can’t make it. The Skamonics are one of the UKs top Ska function bands playing a mixture of Ska standards and Skanked-up pop tunes. With a top brass section out front, you can’t beat ’em. The band were on top form and the wedding guests had a fab time. It was a good time to try my 13″ DW Collectors Maple snare which… Read More »Skamonics Gig

Avoiding Avoidance

Here is an interesting article about not avoiding those challenging things we should be doing (like, er, posting on one’s blog…). “Do you ever dodge your creative work? Say, your practice time arrives, and you race off to do some chore. It might be a chore that you detest, but now it calls to you. Then, instead of refining your music, you start cleaning the house or doing whatever” http://www.musicthinktank.com/blog/avoiding-avoidance.html

Interview with Recording Legend Steve Albini

Here is an interesting interview with Steve Albini. Mr Albini is famous for recording In Utero for Nirvana and annoying the band’s management and label for making the record the way the band wanted it instead of how the accountants wanted it. Here’s a Pixies track recorded by Steve Albini to give you a taste of his studio chops. http://www.thedailyswarm.com/swarm/steve-albini-producing-2000-albums-almost-being-put-out-business-geffen-after-recording-nirvana-jonas-brothers-and-disregarding-listening-audience-i/