Ultimate Drum Experience 2013

I had the privilege of attending this year’s Ultimate Drum Experience, a week-long course for advanced drummers put on by the very shiny Mike Dolbear. The resident teachers this year were manic beat preacher, Billy Ward, lightning limbed Morpheus, Thomas Lang and slave to the halftime shuffle, Ash Soan. Guest…

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How To Be A Disciplined Musician – Dante Roberson

Here’s a great talk about being a disciplined musician by drummer Dante Roberson. The meaning of discipline here is keeping time and playing for the song, not the other kinds of discipline many musicians have trouble with. Practicing playing to a click track is one of the most important things…

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Keepers of the Flame – Cuban Drumming Tradition

Drumming legend Chuck Silverman is working on producing a documentary about the old guard of Cuban drummers who “carry the flame of rumba and Cuban folkloric drumming”. It’s being crowdfunded via Rockethub, please consider donating to this worthwhile project: http://www.rkthb.co/12019

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Murray Spivack: A Lesson With Louie Bellson

As a teacher I find myself having to deconstruct the familiar techniques used in drumming in order to explain them to my students. I find myself fascinated with the different types of grips and strokes and realise the process of honing one’s knowledge about the subject is never ending. Murray…

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