Odd note groupings – most commonly 5s and 7s – are not always easy to play, especially at first. However, it is possible to create odd groupings by simply adding a single bass drum note to an existing group of four. 4+1=5, right? It really is that easy. Continue reading ‘Chops Class: Para5′s’
I’m writing this because I have to change my habits.
I’m trying to tell myself that this is a good thing, but my mind, body and probably my soul will not take this lying down. The deeply ingrained habits that I have developed over the years are being thrown in the garbage for the greater good. I’m taking one for the team, you might say.
What’s going on? I’ll tell you. After 25 years of playing acoustic drum kits, I’m now required more and more to play an electric one. Continue reading ‘Cage Match: Real Drums vs Fake Drums Part 1’
This here is a double-up of the usual 3AoA post – taking care of last month and this month in one hit. Continue reading ‘Three Albums of Awesome: The Catch-up Edition’
This blog isn’t called the Caffeinated Drummer for nothing. Continue reading ‘What I Now Know – Americans are Wusses and Goats can Dance.’
In 1936, Dale Carnegie wrote a groundbreaking book titled How to Win Friends and Influence People.
As a musician, ultimately our success or failure in the industry is dependent on how well we deal with other people. As an introvert, I have a lot of difficulty in this area of my life and this book has been invaluable in helping me to better relate to people. Even though it was penned nearly eighty years ago, the lessons contained in it are still just as relevant and powerful today. Continue reading ‘How to Deal With People’
It’s been a couple of months since I’ve updated the TAoA thread. I’ve had a few gigs and recording sessions that have demanded that I put aside my iPod and work on rehearsal tracks. Plus, on the drive to and from work, I seem to have developed a habit of listening to talkback and current affairs radio programs. Possibly I’m getting old? I hope not.
I posted a few weeks ago about my first live gig. In honour of that, nearly seventeen years later, I’d like to dedicate this month’s Three Albums of Awesome to… drum roll please… The Spin Doctors! Continue reading ‘Three Albums of Awesome – Part 5’