I recorded this for one of those video montage thingies they are all doing these days. My colleague Rodrigo and me are doing a free online music class demonstrating the bits for some of our favourite songs. We will be inviting the attendees to contribute to group projects involving playing and recording. The classes will take place every Thursday at 17.00 on Zoom. Please contact me if you’d like to join in. Here’s a PDF with the beat written out… Read More »Can’t Hurry Love Beat
I love David Bruce’s videos. He talks about Western Classical music composition and theory, the history of music and the broad influences incorporated into modern music making. Even when the topics are beyond my comprehension, I enjoy watching his videos and picking up what I can. This video about the evolution of percussion in Classical composition is reeally interesting. Take a look:
A million years ago I attended an intensive drumming course that Mike Dolbear put on. It was five days of study with a bunch of big name drummers including Billy Ward, Ash Soan, Thomas Lang and Phil Gould. There were also a swing class with Ralph Salmins that led to an amazing opportunity to study with Ralph one on one. I was not that enthusiastic about the Thomas Lang classes as my perception of him was of one of those… Read More »Thomas Lang On Foot Technique – No Drums Required
This is a great video by drummer Ari Hoenig about learning to sing the music that you play. The idea here is presented in relation to jazz songs but whatever music you’re playing, knowing the song is going to make you play like a real musician.
Check out the amazing Brian Blade playing with the Hamburg Radio Big Band. Blade’s touch, feel and musicality are just incredible. What a beautiful thing to watch and listen to.
I love the Sounds Like A Drum channel on YouTube. These guys really know their shit when it comes to making drums sound great. They explain everything from the way drumheads work, how to choose snare wires and fit them, how to tune for different sounds and styles, how to attain exotic sounds and so on. All of their videos are worth watching. Here’s a playlist featuring the essential tuning basics just to get you started. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYTmGAbCD30Mr1z_pgp3ypw
A student of mine wanted to learn how to play to Sunflower by a chap called Post Malone. It’s a hand-to-hand sixteenth note groove. I wrote a bunch of variations to help develop facility with these sorts of patterns. If you find it useful, enjoy. I recommend playing the hihat accents throughout but you may prefer not to. Download the PDF here.
I am spending an increasing amount of time on my jazz playing and developing the ability to play softly. My rocknroll side is appalled at this but my inner Brian Blade is egging me on. One approach is learning to play with proper French grip which I just started working on with my teacher. The beginning of the journey is a bunch of odd exercises that came from Freddie Gruber. I’ve also been working on holding my sticks further up… Read More »Some Tips For Playing Drums Softly
This is my little video demonstrating Bill’s latest offering to the drum community – a little portable 4″ practice pad you can take anywhere. It’s weighted so it doesn’t bounce around and also helps to focus on your accuracy.