My drum student William earned this today with the North Toronto C. I. Percussion Ensemble. . Way-da-go Will. Hard work wins every time. And, daily practice of our rudiments.
What an inspiring night of dance and music. From mallets to drum kit, contemporary music to ragtime. Mallets and tom in the World Premiere of "Skyward" by Alysa Pires. We heard the music of Nico Muhly, Honstein, Dessner, and Lang.
In "Elite Syncopations" 40 minutes of Ragtime music, played at danceable tiempi instead of the usual frantic pace.
I'm inspired. Off to hit the drum pads and my trusty xylophone.
Concert attendance is one of the main ways I stay inspired as a musician and teacher. If your inspiration is lagging a little bit, buy a concert ticket and sit up close. It might be just the ticket.
At aged 50 I took up the drums in a meaningful way. Back in high school I banged about in band class annoyingly and halfheartedly. The highlight of my high school drum career was playing bass drum in the pep band. BOOM BOOM BOOM!
I met Collin for our first drum class. He gets me going. I'm pumped. I thump out my old disco beat from 1977. Thirty seconds in I realize this is going to be more challenging than I thought. He was kind.
I believed that 35 years as a professional musician would make it easier. Nope.
Twelve years later my quest for drumming mastery has taken me to New Orleans 2X, Louisville 5X, Poland 1X, Rome Italy 1X, and Toronto Canada. I've had the pleasure of studying with some of the most distinguished drum teachers available. Terry Clarke, Greg Hutchinson, Paul DeLong, Ali Jackson and many more who have encouraged me, inspired me, instructed me, criticized me and occasionally scolded me. It was thrilling.
I now own too many drumsets, cymbals, snares drums, and drum books. I play in too many bands. There is no cure.
If you would like some help starting your journey, call me.
Yesterday pianist Jacqueline Leung and I played live online using Sonobus and Zoom. It worked very well. Sonobus has exceptionally low latency, Zoom gave us a visual, we hit record and presto success.
What you need:
You must be able to connect your computer through "the wire" no WIFI, too slow.
#Junction percussion Teacher Toronto
Tomorrow is rock band rehearsal day. I'm on drum kit. Here is the process I follow to prepare, which you may find helpful.
If I can help you get ready for your rock band practice, call me.
Boom wacka boom! After this damn pandemic is done, I'm looking forward to playing again in concert band. In anticipation, I'm getting ready.
"I lit our kit with little lasers mounted underneath each drum with mic clamps. Looks amazing. And the lights bounce around when you play."
A decade of playing the drums I've learned a thing or two about finding other musicians to play with.
1st some prerequisites
Now let's go hunting.
David Story, drummer, pianist, qualified online music teacher