Chops Class: Para5′s

•January 13, 2012 • Leave a Comment

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’


Cage Match: Real Drums vs Fake Drums Part 1

•December 6, 2010 • Leave a Comment

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’

Saturday Distraction – VADRUM!!

•September 24, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Ever wanted to take classical music by the scruff of the neck and drag it kicking and screaming into the 21st century? Or just drag it kicking and screaming… somewhere else?

I’ve just discovered Andrea Vadrucci (AKA Vadrum) via the very useful and highly distracting website Intertube Records. Continue reading ‘Saturday Distraction – VADRUM!!’

Three Albums of Awesome: The Catch-up Edition

•September 18, 2010 • Leave a Comment

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’

What I Now Know – Americans are Wusses and Goats can Dance.

•August 19, 2010 • Leave a Comment

This blog isn’t called the Caffeinated Drummer for nothing. Continue reading ‘What I Now Know – Americans are Wusses and Goats can Dance.’

How to Deal With People

•July 3, 2010 • Leave a Comment

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’

Three Albums of Awesome – Part 5

•July 3, 2010 • Leave a Comment

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’