…and today I’m going to talk about something that one of my teachers (yes, I have teachers too) did NOT say to me that was a wonderful validation.
I was in LA recently to look at colleges for my daughter, and I was able to connect with my technique guru, Bruce Becker. Bruce studied for approx. 20 years with Freddie Gruber, who was the technique guru and ‘drum teacher to the stars’ of his generation. I consider both Freddie and Bruce to be elite drum educators, and among the best in the world at developing an ergonomic approach to drum technique.
Over the past few years, I’ve greatly simplified my approach to teaching students technique. I find it’s helpful for both folks just starting out, and those who’ve been playing a bit to just keep…things…simple.
So, I got up the nerve to show all this to Bruce. From 1) the “T-Rex” to get into an ergonomic playing position, to 2) wave “bye-bye” to get a relaxed and flowing stick motion, 3a) playing from the back of the hand and 3b) fulcrum between the thumb and middle finger to get the hands into a place where they can be relaxed and effective while playing.
Anyway, I take Bruce through all of this to get his reaction, and his reaction was…not much. As in, ‘yeah, that works’. Is that the coolest thing or WHAT?
Now, we differ a bit on a couple things–his fulcrum is at the index finger (not the middle like me), and his back fingers are placed more flat (I leave mine curved, like a baby’s hand when asleep). But in general…he was cool with it. THE GUY who I consider one of the most knowledgable people on the planet when it comes to technique was basically cool with what I’m teaching my students!
I’m telling ya, it don’t get any better than that…now I just need to keep my head from getting too big 😉 Ooo-eee, baby!