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Last night Letterman wrapped up his second “Drum Solo Week.” Television has had a huge impact on how drum solos have evolved and been perceived by the public, so it’s cool to see Letterman continuing the tradition.

Below are the solos from this past Mon-Thurs. Although Copeland is probably my favorite drummer of the bunch, I think I liked his solo the least.

I’ve been listening to a lot of Radiohead lately, and my buddy Bryan just posted this video on my FB page. Very funny.

Another MONO case product review over at my Tumblr page

Those of you who regularly play in church and “worship music” settings will appreciate these video demonstrations for all the “drum parts” for the new Hillsong album. I put quotes on “drum parts” because that concept is hard to pin down. What all is part of “the drum part” for a song? If you play one of these songs at your church, do you have to do everything exactly the way this drummer does? Is it only the grooves that should be copied exactly, or should fills be copied also?

My general rule (which I’ve mentioned before at clinics and on this blog) is to SERVE THE SONG. Much of what the Hillsong drummer plays follows this rule, but I feel like some of it doesn’t. I’m interested in some feedback on this. As you watch the videos, consider which “drum parts” are serving the song and which are not, and get back to me in the comment section with some specifics.

HT: Skogerboe


I just posted a video/description of my Go Fish rig over at my Tumblr page. Check it out.

This 20-min video is super inspiring on multiple levels and well worth your time to view it…

A few thoughts I had while viewing:

1. Just take out the word “classical” and leave it as simply MUSIC. It seems like classical music snobs are always thinking that the concepts of sadness and resolution only exist in the classical genre. I’m not saying Zander is one of these snobs, but just for your own benefit as a viewer, every time he says “classical music” you can just imagine that he’s talking about music generally.

2. This guy’s passion as a teacher is what I aim for. People are paying attention and listening to his playing not only because he’s herding them well but also because his affection for what he’s doing is so contagious.

3. Seems like “sparkly eyes” in people with whom you come into contact are a good thing to shoot for in every aspect of life, not just a teacher/student relationship.

4. Why do classical piano players monkey with the time THAT much? I mean, I get it with the whole expressive acellerandos and whatever, but the pulse on his full Chopin performance is ALL OVER THE MAP. Does it really need to be? Sheesh.

5. Zander’s description of music’s power to affect change within one’s emotions is exactly what I’m getting at in my post about music as a weapon. Imagine evoking memories of a lost loved one when you weren’t intending to and when it wasn’t helpful. Music has that power, so we as musicians MUST know how to use it.

HT: Erik Anderson

Hey hey, blog readers. High-five for yesterday’s Tony Williams video, right? ¬†Sheesh. I love that guy so much.

Personal bulletin: I’ve been posting some of my personal favorite tracks I’ve played on over at my Tumblr page this past week. I’m going to link to these posts directly as a way to beef up my Google Docs EPK, but I thought some of the blog readers might enjoy them. Check it out and look these artists up on iTunes if you dig it!

On another personal note, check out this picture of the Glo Kit on the road with Go Fish. I am having a blast on this gig, and the Glo-ies are totally in their element. These drums are the talk of the show every night! Way to go Keith and everybody else on the RD crew!

Tony’s full Zildjian Day performance from 1985 in Dallas. The word is that this video normally appears on Youtube for only a short while before it’s taken down for copyright violation or whatever. WATCH IT.

HT: Stanoch

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