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Kiko Freitas & Edu Ribeiro

Kiko Freitas Talks To Edu Ribeiro

If I could be like any drummer in the world I think Kiko Freitas is the one I would want to emulate. I’ve been working on the first pages of his recent book – The Brazilian Groove Book. It outlines Kiko’s unique approach to playing Brazilian rhythms on the drumset and provides an in depth study guide to modern Brazilian drumset playing. I saw Kiko playing a couple of years ago at the Union Chapel with Joao Bosco. It was… Read More »Kiko Freitas Talks To Edu Ribeiro

Drumstick Technique Playalong

Drum Stick Technique For Beginners Basic Practice Routine – Playalong

Here’s video number three about basic drumstick technique for beginners. It’s pretty long. I need to work on shorter videos in future. I’ve done my best to present this material as I do to my students. Once you’ve understood the explanations of the exercises, you can just do the playalongs skipping all the waffling. I think it’s worth trying to understand the concepts I elucidate upon here as you start your journey with drumming. It takes time and attention to… Read More »Drum Stick Technique For Beginners Basic Practice Routine – Playalong

Cooking With Rodrigo & Joe - Forget You

Cooking With Rodrigo & Joe – Ceelo’s Forget You

After a long and hard-fought battle with underpowered technology and general video production ignorance, I have prevailed (sort of) and the second episode of Cooking With Rodrigo and Joe is now out on YouTube for your delectation. In this video we’re talking about Ceelo Green’s Forget You, a fun retro soul number that was produced by Bruno Mars and his mates and is fun to play. Check out the video and let us know what you think

How To Hold Your Drum Sticks

I’m starting to make and post videos on YouTube more frequently. I have armed myself with lights and cameras. I’m throwing action in for free. I’m starting out with a guide to holding your drum sticks. This is aimed at beginners but more experienced players could benefit from reviewing their drumstick holding skill (OK, call it grip if you must, just don’t actually grip the stick).

Steve Jordan

Steve Jordan Speaks To Rick Beato

Wow, this interview with Steve Jordan is amazing. He’s an accomplished drummer and record producer who’s worked with a whole load of big names including James Taylor, Sheryl Crow, Robert Cray and Keith Richards. He’s known these days as the drummer for John Mayer alongside bassist Pino Palladino. I know Steve Jordan originally from his performances on the live Blues Brothers albums that I listened to thousands of times in my youth. His drumming sounded so groovy and also complex,… Read More »Steve Jordan Speaks To Rick Beato