Year: 2016

“When you get experience, you become a problem-solver.”–Kenny Aronoff

This is the best description of a professional I’ve heard: I was watching this video of Kenny Aronoff, and in it he gives the best explanation I’ve ever heard for why a drummer like him has had the success he’s

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I am one lucky guy (it’s the simple things)

“Drums, a place to play them, and the time to study the instrument.” I’ve been on a break from my posts–I moved, there’s been lots (too much) going on, and I couldn’t devote the time that the blog deserved until

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That indescribable feeling–Songs I love to play v.1

Today I’m going to talk about one of my favorite tunes to play. This is a tune I play in Pretending, which is a Pretenders tribute band. First off, I love so many Pretenders tunes that it’s really, really hard

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I have the BEST job in the world

Nothing personal against your job (though I do hope that your job is the best job in the world for YOU), but I think I have the best job in the world. For me. It’s not just that I teach

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‘Permission to suck’ as a part of the creative process 

The last two weeks I’ve been writing a fair amount for my blog, but I’ve not been not releasing the material. (I have a personal rule to not put out anything that sucks. 😉 So, I’ve been really frustrated, but

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Listening hard to get past the surface of things

A few weeks ago I wrote a musician-centered post about conveying emotion when performing music. Usually, I take the time to explain these things in non-musician terms, but that week I just couldn’t. It was too tough of a post

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Stick technique and the loss of prejudice via a shrinking planet

This is a story about how a shrinking planet has changed my POV on the issue of proper stick technique on the drums. (For those of you who are not drummers–don’t run away yet. This is meant to be relevant

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The highest level of expression in music–conveying emotion

I feel that one of the jobs an artist or musician has is to convey emotion. So then, how do you prepare for that? I can only answer for musicians, but there are three things I can think of: Listening

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Fun and play as a part of skill development

I mentioned in a recent post the idea that, when you perform, what the audience remembers most is how you made them feel—what emotions and feelings you conveyed in the performance, not how amazing you were on your instrument, or

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