A few months ago the drumming instruction site Drumeo posted a great playlist of YouTube videos explaining all 40 drum rudiments. I thought this was a great way to learn them, so I created this PDF that you can import into iBooks on your iPhone/iPad, Mac or Android device. It has all 40 rudiments and the links to each video just in case you need to refresh your memory. If you have YouTube installed on your device, the videos will open directly in the YouTube app.
I think there is at least one time in every musician’s life when they are completed fixated on one player or another. You study their style, set up your gear like them, and try your best to mimic their grooves, solos and fills. Sometimes, you can even obsess over them. (Sidenote: A letter to Neil Peart when I was about 15 years old actually did get a reply from the man himself! This was way before email of course).
I love the internet “tubes”. These “tubes” sometimes put us in touch with interesting people we otherwise may never meet. Diego Stocco is one of those people for me. Diego is a sound designer, which is an area of music I enjoy exploring. Diego creates sound(s) for many applications including video games, movies, and sample libraries. I stumbled upon his Vimeo profile a while back, and I was fascinated by his work. Check it out when you get a chance. With titles like “Bedside Table Bass” and “Drying Rack”… you are sure to find something out of the ordinary.
After having to learn nearly 60 new songs in the past few months, I decided to try to simplify the process by using my MacBook to help organize and learn the material. By playing around with iTunes and Adobe Illustrator, I came up with a helpful PDF file and some iTunes tips for the working musician. I hope this helps you in your quest for music. It has worked well for me so far.
For those of you that thought the high school marching band wasn’t very cool… check out Ivan Pacheco ripping it up on a snare drum. During this video he displays amazing chops, and breaks into some nice grooves. He actually takes it to another level.
I’m not just saying this because I was in the Amityville H.S. marching band either! 😉