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My interest in drumming started when I saw Count Basie’s band on the Ed Sullivan show. I remember being captivated by the sound of the band and the force and motion of the drummer (Rufus Jones). Midway through the performance, I turned to my mother and said “I can do that” referring to the drums. I was 11 years old.

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Drummers! How to “Play the Song”

I just finished a lesson with student and felt compelled to write about something I see and hear time and time again with drummers of all levels who have not learned how to “Play the Song”.

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Drumming and Drugs

The physical and mental problems associated with drug use are well enough documented. My purpose here is to zero in on what it does to a drummer’s abilities.

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This site is devoted to drummers and improving their ability to play drums. You will find articles and advice on drum technique, grooving, styles, videos, etc. I will be adding to them over time and I hope you enjoy them.

I feel it is an honor and privilege to be asked to teach someone. It is also a responsibility not to be taken lightly. It is a duty to pass down knowledge to future generations of musicians and to apprentice them so the art form can continue and new ideas can evolve and be shared.

The student also bears the responsibility to give all he or she can to achieve their personal goals.

One can “dabble” and have fun and there is nothing wrong with that as long as one knows what they are in it for. This can vary in degrees as long as one is not fooling themselves as to the outcome of their goal.

My goal is to get the student to realize their dream with music.


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