Category Archives: Drum Stuff

Got A Pair Of Vic Firth SD4’s

I’ve been looking for some sticks to use for my weekly jazz set with the Gex trio. We have to play very very quietly most of the set. I am using brushes 80% of the time but need to swing some sticks on a couple of numbers. I tried the AJ2’s and the AJ6’s both […]

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Free MP3 Metronome For Your Downloading Pleasure

Despite living in a world where you can install apps on your toaster, some of my students don’t have access to such modern miracles. So I whipped up this batch of 5 minute long MP3s with tempos from 60 BPM to 300 BPM in increments of five BPM (except the last few which go up […]

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Footes Music Store – Helpful & Knowledgeable About Drums

Like many people, I don’t go in to music shops much any more. Buying drum stuff online is easy, cheap and doesn’t involve having to deal with surly or smug music shop staff and lack of stock and annoying upselling and misinformation. A couple of weeks ago I went into the legendary Foote’s which recently […]

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At Home With Hal Blaine

The Knack’s drummer, Bruce Gary famously said that he was never so disappointed as when he discovered that a dozen of his favourite drummers were Hal Blaine. The session legend and, I guess, the world’s most prolific studio drummer was a member of the “Wrecking Crew” who, among other stuff, were responsible for the sound […]

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Stageworks Rimma and Mat – Sliced Bread Got Nothing

I went to the recent London 2012 Drum Show fully steeled against buying anything. It’s pleasant enough to go and see what’s what in the world of drums, to meet some drumming friends and colleagues and to see my students getting inspired. But the raison d’etre of these events is to sell and it’s my […]

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