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February 7, 2017

We just recorded another drum cover with one of my students. She did a great job! Just about a year ago we recorded relatively easy song by Coldplay. She improved quite a bit since than. What is interesting about this performance is that we tried to practice it pretty...

September 23, 2016

Welcome to another video! Thomas decided to do a drum cover of Green Day's "Last of the American Girls". Even though the song is not very complicated, there are some nice beats, fills, and flams used. For the most part the main verse groove stays the same, and the chor...

September 20, 2016

Brian, one of my percussion students, had an upcoming birthday a few weeks ago. I asked him:

"What gift would you like to get for your birthday?"

He thought for a half a minute, and answered:

"I don't know. I think I got everything" :)

What can I say, I have the most fun j...

October 27, 2015

 

Here is our next project: Murdoch decided to work on the song "Kill the King" by Megadeth. The process of learning and recording was really interesting. The song is pretty straight forward, but the tempo is quite fast. There is a bit of unusual phrasing where the groo...

October 27, 2015

Just got a fun quote from Ryan, my 7 y.o. percussion student:

"My grandma just had her 70th birthday, and she looks very young and healthy, because she drinks a lot of coffee and soda!".

Well, what can I say? My students entertain me every day!

July 26, 2015

Well, it’s time to announce the winner (please check a previous student completion blog article published on June 5). To tell the truth, my job was quite difficult as all the students did a great job preparing and recording the project. Everyone had a nice stage presen...

July 6, 2015

Welcome to another performance! Murdoch loves playing double bass drum pedals and decided to work on a song “Shepherd of Fire” by Avenged Sevenfold. Even though the composition is relatively straight forward, the bass drum part is quite challenging. The song begins wit...

June 6, 2015

 

Welcome to our student competition! For this fun project, four of our students (Kris, Liam, Louisa, and Nathan) decided to learn and make a video recording of a song “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” by Green Day. This project was a lot of fun, considering that all four pa...

February 25, 2015

A lot of my students (and their parents) ask me what kind of hearing protection is best to use while practicing drums. Let’s explore this topic. We have two choices: earplugs or earmuffs. Personally, I use earplugs when I perform with a band and earmuffs during practic...

January 21, 2015

I just saw the new movie "Whiplash". To tell the truth, I have mixed feeling about it. There is a good review by the great drummer Peter Erskine:

http://www.kcet.org/arts/artbound/counties/los-angeles/drummer-peter-erskine-on-whiplash-film.html

 

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