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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 we love it, but the world doesn?t need another drummer. What it does need are creative, problem-solving critical thinkers who can help transform society. I… Read More »Modern Drummer Article On Learning Jazz

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 is great. Here’s a few that I particularly liked: Antonio Sanchez – Creative Soloing & Freedom Ben Sesar – Building Musical Freedom On The Drums… Read More »Collection Of Free Drum Lessons On Drumeo

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 it. Anyway, Mr Greb explains and demonstrates a bunch of the concepts from the DVD here and it should whet your appetite for getting a… Read More »Benny Greb Free Lesson on Drumeo – Art & Science of Groove

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 to a lot of music (sadly, a common deficit with the kids of today). Mr Slichter explains the subject brilliantly with some really good examples… Read More »Musical Time – The Drummer From Semisonic Writes About Feel

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 trailer. Why watch it if I knew I’d hate it? Because being a drummer and drum teacher means everyone I talk to assumes I’m interested… Read More »Whiplash – A Bloody Awful Film About Drumming

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 together guide to playing Samba and Bossa for any drummer who wants to add these styles to their skill set in a practical manner. The guide is concise, it contains… Read More »New Cruise Ship Drummer Book – Playing Samba and Bossa Nova: A field Manual for Drummers

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 and am planning to do an actual kit lesson with him soon to see what it’s like. Oh, and to get some pointers on my jazz playing.

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. Not to mention that people with Jojo Mayer’s insanely focussed intensity and commitment are very very rare so the probability of someone else producing anything remotely as comprehensive in this… Read More »Jojo Mayer’s Secret Weapons 2 Is All About Feet And Pedals

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 since I became a bit “Stantoned out” with his Street Beats DVD and Groove Alchemy Book and DVD. It started to feel like he was popping up everywhere I looked,… Read More »Stanton Moore Clinic at Bell Percussion