Led Zeppelin Rock & Roll Drum Intro

How many bands? How many times? How many variations of this intro have been played incorrectly? Sometimes you nailed it. Sometimes you created, not a train wrecked, but a slight derailment. Well, now you can learn it properly the way John Bonham intended…

The trick is that this intro is a tribute to the quintessential rock & roll groove, and it all starts on the ‘&’ of 3. So, once you know that, you just sing the phrase to yourself and you’re in! Have all the band members listen to this version, and everyone will come in and land safely on the 1!

Portable SPD-30 Setup

Nearly every week I get emails with questions regarding the ultra-portable Roland Octapad SPD-30 setup that I use. So, I have put together the following instructions to show you how I have mounted the SPD-30 with hi-hat and cymbal pads to help you form ideas for your own setups.

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Roll It Ups Drumstick Bags

Coming to you straight out of Knoxville, the Roll It Ups Stick Bag is an ultra-portable alternative to the standard drumstick bags you see at your local music shop. The cool thing is, they are all handmade by Flea Puckett in Knoxville, TN and easily available at etsy.com, which is a great site for finding handmade items that you won’t find in a mega-retail shop.

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Terri Lyne Carrington Mosaic Project

I first saw Terri Lyne Carrington play live many years ago with Al Jarreau in New York City. The one word that comes to mind from her performance is “monster”. And, on her latest release “Mosaic”, she has assembled a monstrous all-star, all-female band. It’s a dream team consisting of Cassandra Wilson, Dianne Reeves, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Esperanza Spalding, Geri Allen, Gretchen Parlato, Helen Sung, Ingrid Jensen, Nona Hendryx, Patrice Rushen, Sheila E, and Tineke Postma.

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The Laptop Drummer

Octapad SPD-30

DJ’s do it. Keyboardists have been doing it for a while now. Guitarists have joined the parade. And now drummers have joined the ranks of this revolutionary instrument… The Laptop. I can’t think of too many shows that I have been to lately where you didn’t see a shiny MacBook Pro as part of the stage landscape. Laptops have become standard gear.

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