Whiplash intensity without the drama. My memories of Berklee, years ago where similar to the antics in that movie.
What is a good drummer? All of us are intrigued by this questions. The following series of blogs outlines my experiences at the different levels at which drummers play and who they get to play with.
I've listened to over 500 interviews on drummers resource podcast. Yep, 500+ professional drummers telling their stories. On top of this is my own experience running a high school jazz bands for a couple of decades and three decade career hiring and working with some of Canada's finest drummers. Finally my own journey has I rise through the ranks.
Here is part 1
Family band time. I've created a short fun piece for my youngest students to play with family members. This is going to be crazy fun.
There is no cure for cymbal collecting. Or snare collecting. Or as Paul DeLong recently publicly declared, drum set collecting.
A young musician goes to an audition. She is keen, she has practiced, mastered her time, learned the repertoire, paid her dues. She is ready she thinks.
The band members quiz her." Can you play 32nd note paradiddles with your feet?"
She eagerly responds, "Of course, now do I have the gig?"
"Why, I actually won a drum contest doing that."
"That's why we fired the last drummer. Guy put them everywhere"
Moral of the story. Play the song. We drummers are accompanists. Remember Buddy Rich had to start his own band.
If you'd like me to help you on your journey, call me.
My first go to stick for jazz trio are HeadHunters Maple C or the smaller Bop B with rubber grips. Light, subtle, and fast. The best pair have worn out tips for mellow ride cymbals tone.
For louder situations, say in a classic rock band where I need speed and endurance HeadHunters Maple CCC give me that speed with more oomph. Once again, I love the rubber grip.
Occasionally in louder jazz situations the Vic Firth Peter Erskine Big band sticks are just the thing: power and speed.
How do you find yours? Purchase 5 different pairs: a maple 5A, hickory 5A, front weighted, back weighted, and at least one pair that have rubber grips. Try them out in different situations and see what happens.
If you'd like some help putting those sticks to some good use, call me, I can help.
Brought in by a 14 year old student. Didn't see that coming. This will be fun to teach.
David Story, drummer, pianist, qualified online music teacher