Drum! magazine is closing

As you read this, Drum!magazine is preparing to shut down. One of the longest-running drum publications will be closing its doors after a run of twenty-eight years. Originally spawned from Drums and Drumming, Drum! magazine was launched under the publishing direction of Phil Hood, his wife Connie, and editor Andy Doerschuk in September 1991. I wrote […]

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 […]

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 […]

Liberty Drums Jazz/Bop Series Kit Test Drive – A Very Satisfying Ride Indeed

Hi, and thanks for stopping by. I haven’t had much up lately, been way too busy, but this read will more than make up for the gap. Yes it will. First, the usual disclaimer: I don’t do product reviews as a general rule here, simply because that’s not what this li’l blog is about. What […]

Periscope for Drummers – Some Thoughts and Stuff

  A few months ago, a good friend of mine showed me an app at lunch that I didn’t quite know what to make of. Periscope is sweeping the world, literally, letting you broadcast live and pick up followers for your broadcasts. I could see the immediate potential and applications… but is it all it’s […]

Leonice Shinneman, In Need of Our Drumming Community Help After a Car Accident

“Watching the waves from a ship to and from Japan and looking out of the car window on multiple trips across the USA in my childhood, gave me the space to study time itself, and the complexity and harmonics of rhythm, order and chaos.   Subdividing and predicting the instant objects would pass, or their […]

Lacuna Coil’s “Our Truth”: My Musical and Drumming Anthem for 2016

  Somewhere around 2007, I discovered a MySpace profile of a drummer with a song running on the home page. It was “Our Truth,” by Lacuna Coil. I was unfamiliar with the group or their music, but this song immediately resonated right to my core, and it remains one of my favorites.     As […]

2nd YouTube Video, The Elements of Rhythm, Vol. I, Introduction to Binary Rhythm Pattern Theory

Hey there, here’s a little something more that I’m pretty sure will turn your rhythmic world upside-down if you’ll give me about six minutes of your viewing time… In 1982, the some lessons I took with Terry Bozzio exploded in my head and lit a fire that never went out. It led me to figuring […]

My First YouTube Video About My Books, The Elements of Rhythm, Volumes I & II

Whew! Okay, lemme tell ya up front: THIS was some work! And for those of you who’ve already done it, my hat is off to you. For those thinking about making a drum video of sorts, I figure it might be helpful to tell you a little about the process I experienced in hopes that […]

Help Make Bernard Purdie’s Drumming Life Documentary Happen!

Just got a tweet from a film company producing a documentary on Bernard Purdie. They are really close to fully funding and only have a few days.     I met Bernard in a hallway at NAMM 2014 and got to shake his hand. We talked briefly about his hometown, Elkton, Maryland, where I grew up […]

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