Many many thanks to all the guys who came to this past Saturday’s clinic.  I had a ton of fun and the event felt like a success.  For those of you who couldn’t make it, here’s what we did…

I started out our time together by stating a recent revelation I’ve had about music and it’s importance.  The revelation is this: music is NOT important.  Rather, the connection between human beings that music makes possible, and the emotional influence that music has… these are the things that are important.  In other words, it’s not the music you make that matters, but the RESULTS of that music.  I’ll write a full blog post on this soon.

After that short introduction, everybody grabbed donuts and coffee and we spent the next 30 minutes or so just wandering around the room checking out the killer gear that was there.  Keith Anderson from Risen Drums and Eddie Clift from Paiste Cymbals had a lot of great equipment, and though things got a little loud, everybody was able to try out the stuff first-hand.  I had three kits there: the Glo Kit, the blue sparkles, and the new Mahogany studio kit.  Eddie brought more than a dozen cymbals, including some of the Twenty Series, the new Twenty Masters rides, the reissue 602 set, and a few Dark Energy models.  Best of all, Eddie showed up with a Spirit of 2002 Paiste snare, which is about as rare as any snare drum you can think of.  It was a major geek fest, but I for one really enjoyed it.

One of the reasons I had so much gear there was to give the guys a chance to compare and contrast a bunch of equipment that all sounds “good,” but not all the same.  This is a common misunderstanding for musicians… that something can sound “good” but still not be a good fit for a song.  Again, watch for a full post on this topic in the coming weeks.

The rest of the time was spent with some extensive Q&A.  I didn’t intend to take that much time for questions, but the guys were bringing up great topics and there was a lot of dialogue.  I really enjoyed that part and plan on making a long Q&A time a staple for future gatherings.  We discussed playing to the essence of the song, playing with/without drum shields, how to build a good monitor mix, the benefits of playing to a click, and how to respond to the unique audio environments that churches often bring to the table.

So it was great.  I really enjoyed myself, and I’m pumped to plan another one for next year.  In fact, I’m thinking about making more of a day out it, and maybe inviting some friends of mine to give presentations of their own and stuff like that.  This is totally going to be an annual event, so I’ll nail down a Saturday morning in March 2012 and everybody needs to be there!

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