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  Hopefully you now have an idea, or a better idea of the anatomy of a solo. In the first two video parts of this series you got a pretty clear and simple introduction to the idea of developing a drum solo and how you can start to work on it at home. I mentioned that there are what I consider three different types of rhythmic flow in every good drum solo – flat, curved and complex. Flat, being the most basic type of movement involving any multiple of ‘4’ in terms of note value (quarters, eighths, sixteenths and thirty

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  There are plenty of things that we need to work on to become effective drummers. Our meter, our co-ordination and independence, solo ability, etc. But there’s one particular thing that will absolutely have the biggest effect on your playing. Remember this, y’all. THEE most important thing you guys will and should ever do for as long as you play the drums…is develop your hands. That’s is. Period. Working on your hands is a life (or career) long process. You can never over develop your hands. The drummers with the best hands in the game…are still working on their hands. You have

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  To each their own, right? I mean you can do what ever you want to your drum kit. Here’s the thing, though. There’s a lot of drummers out there, young ones in particular, that are putting the kit before the horse, so to speak. There’s no question that drums are the coolest and most fun instrument on the planet. No. Question. Have you ever seen a three day ‘keyboard fest’, or ‘guitar fest’? Nope. Could you imagine sitting through three days of ‘meeedly meeedly meeedly waaaaaahr waaaaaahr waaaaaaaaaaaahr’?!?! Well, maybe if you’re a guitarist. But there are just as

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  Pembroke, ON. Best Western Hotel. 11:22pm One of my favourite things to do after a show while Im on the road is go back to the hotel room and chill out! Not that my job is so incredibly taxing that I just need to collapse on a bed afterwards, but some days just take a little out of you and after the show, you just want to get to your room, grab a cold Pepsi and decompress. For me, that involves writing. Or blogging, or whatever you wanna call it. Tonight’s gig at the Festival Hall in Pembroke with

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  One of the most valuable things I’ve learned having played on stages of all sizes over the years from small clubs to hockey arenas, is that your environment should never affect your technique. When we play in smaller, more confined environments, it feels more natural to lay back, relax and play comfortably, getting out all of the rolls, ghost notes and cymbal dynamics that we need to because we’re not hitting our drums as aggressively. It’s just a more relaxed atmosphere in a smaller space. The drums aren’t mic’d and the closest audience member is no more than six

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  Most serious improvements don’t happen overnight. MOST don’t. But some do! I consider myself a drum geek. to the 10th degree. I’d always be thinking of licks, writing them down, tapping them out, etc. My iPhone at one point was full of little notes and LLRRLR patterns and all kinds of stuff that goes through my head, usually when I’m supposed to be concentrating on something else. Some things I discover by accident. But some things I pick up by observing. And the odd gem, I just pick up. Don’t know where it came from. I just pick it

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  I was looking forward to playing Dauphin..but REALLY excited about the Cavendish Beach Fest, for a couple reasons. First off, PEI is absolutely gorgeous! Second of all, I knew that Cavendish was HUGE and couldn’t wait to get on that stage. It’s through the amazing administrative skills of Tracey Wilder of JohnnyMac Entertainment that The Stellas, a new artist, was able to get on the main stages of these festivals. But, and being as unbiased as I can while still being totally biased, they deserved to be up there. Along with Nick Czarnogorski and Ben Rutz from Johnny Reid’s

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Wow! What a Canada Day Weekend in Dauphin! This is one cool job. It was my first official big show with the Stellas. Everything about the trip was awesome. smooth flight there. Great hotel. Surrounded by good people all weekend. The tour bus that picked us up at the Hilton for the 3.5 hour drive to the site left a few of us chuckling as it looked like something from a Dolly Parton garage sale. But the driver, a really nice older guy with his daughter and wife just added to the character of the whole experience. All of us

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