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…

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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…

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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…

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New Cruise Ship Drummer Book – Playing Samba and Bossa Nova: A field Manual for Drummers

Todd Bishop over at the Cruise Ship Drummer blog never ceases to amaze me with his prolific output. His recent publication is a Kindle book called – Playing Samba and Bossa Nova: a field manual for drummers. It costs in the neighbourhood of £4 and is a very well put…

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Advice For Beginning Drummers from The Cruise Ship Drummer

I really loved this post from Todd Bishop of the Cruise Ship Drummer blog. Go have a read, he very succinctly summarises a bunch of stuff that’s essential to be aware of. Go read here – http://www.cruiseshipdrummer.com/2014/12/advice-for-novices.html Meanwhile, I’ve had another Skype lesson with Todd and found it very enjoyable…

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Jojo Mayer’s Secret Weapons 2 Is All About Feet And Pedals

It promised to be “The most comprehensive guide to foot technique for drummers ever available” and it is. Well, I imagine it is because I haven’t actually seen the other available guides to feet but this DVD is so amazingly comprehensive, I can’t see how there can be any competitors.…

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Stanton Moore Clinic at Bell Percussion

I had a great time last Sunday attending a clinic with top-notch New Orleans drummer, Stanton Moore, at Bell Percussion in Acton. The event was organised by fellow Edgwareian and hub of the drum community, Mike Dolbear of www.mikedolbear.com. I admit I was feeling a little apprehensive about seeing Stanton…

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The Art & Science of Groove, Benny Greb’s Indigogo Project

Here’s a cool idea: www.indiegogo.com/projects/bennygreb Benny Greb is producing a high quality DVD via the crowdfunding site Indigogo. I think it’s a positive thing to produce this stuff independently. The video pitching the idea sounds encouraging, there’s a few seconds of tap dancing which is an artform closely associated with…

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