Dr. Nadia Azar – A Pioneer in Drumming/Sports Medicine Research You Should Know About

photo credit: Dr. Nadia Azar “Drummers should be training their bodies for the demands of their profession, to be able to perform at their peak and to avoid getting injured.” – Dr. Nadia Azar, Associate Professor, University of Windsor   The academic exploration of drummers and the drum set is kind of like Oklahoma at … Continue reading Dr. Nadia Azar – A Pioneer in Drumming/Sports Medicine Research You Should Know About

Returning to Roots: Black Sabbath’s First Album and Its Truthful Content

I’ve been a jazz drummer forever, but rock was the foundation, back in the early 70’s. Recently, I revisited an album that transformed not only drumming but my perception of playing. It’s feeding my soul more than I expected, and I’d like to share some thoughts about that …   In 1970, and I was … Continue reading Returning to Roots: Black Sabbath’s First Album and Its Truthful Content

Virgil Donati, Camille Bigeault, Gretsch Drums, Austin Texas… and a Muscle car named Em

  Howdy, gang! Well here we go with some updates about this and that, wherein I get off my overworked ass and propel ink thusly forward …   Virgil Donati I wrote the cover story for the July 2017 issue of DRUM! magazine, featuring the incomparable Virgil Donati. What an amazing drummer all the way … Continue reading Virgil Donati, Camille Bigeault, Gretsch Drums, Austin Texas… and a Muscle car named Em

Exploring Grooves In 7

Hiya… here’s another Periscope broadcast with some elaboration. Hope you’re enjoying this little experiment… Short version: grooves in 7 in various musical styles have some things in common that I focus on when I play.  – subdividing into groups of 2’s and 3’s – singing the sound of the pulsations once the counting is mastered … Continue reading Exploring Grooves In 7

5/4 Samba Groove and Improv – Periscope broadcast

Howdy, thanks for stopping by again to see what’s cookin’ behind my kit. I’m thoroughly enjoying making the on-the-spot Periscope videos and then presenting them here with some further explanation, and I hope what I’m sharing is helpful.   I love playing sambas in 5, and I’ll tell you a little about how to make … Continue reading 5/4 Samba Groove and Improv – Periscope broadcast

Exercises for Well Developed Hands – Periscope broadcast

Howdy again, fellow keepers of the drumming flame. I’m gonna put up one more recent Periscope video with comment here, as I think this little experiment is actually working out pretty well. I like being able to discuss things a bit more, and, it gives you a much better idea of what’s being offered if … Continue reading Exercises for Well Developed Hands – Periscope broadcast

A Texas Blues Shuffle Lesson via Periscope

  Hello again from the low-tech drumming cave I call home in Los Angeles. In our last adventure, I posted two Periscope links from some broadcasts I’d done recently, and they seemed to work okay. Yay for links! For our next leap into percussive abandon, we’re gonna take a look-see at another Periscope shout out … Continue reading A Texas Blues Shuffle Lesson via Periscope

My First Periscope Link Test: 5-note, and 5-note/7-note Explorations

Howdy hi-tech neighbors! If you saw the short blog post I wrote a month or so ago, I shared some information about Periscope and what drummers could do with it. Well, upon further exploration, I found a simple link to the broadcasts that you can copy and paste into WordPress. I like this because some … Continue reading My First Periscope Link Test: 5-note, and 5-note/7-note Explorations

NAMM 2017 Periscope Broadcasting Thursday-Sunday

Howdy, gang, a short post here. If you go to Periscope and follow me on @DaldridgeDrums, I’ll be putting up clips here and there throughout the event. I’ll let you know if I see something truly interesting and unique. I’m especially interested in Zildjian’s new line of dry K’s. I’ll let ya know what else … Continue reading NAMM 2017 Periscope Broadcasting Thursday-Sunday