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HEY BLOG READERSSSS!!!!! That was written in all caps for extra emphasis.
The situation is this: I’m heading out for a North American tour over September and the first part of October. I will be in a bunch of cities across the great nation of the USA, and I will have some free time each day. I often use my free time on the road to read books and ride my skateboard, but I think this Fall I’m going to try some travelling drum lessons, so to speak.
If you want to get in on it, here’s what to do…
1. Click the link above and check out the tour for your city.
2. If we’re coming to your city, check the date and see if it’s such that you could free up a 30-min or 60-min time slot in the morning or early afternoon.
3. If the first two steps find you still wanting to get in on a drum lesson, then message me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can set it up.
The lessons will be whatever we want them to be. Q&A, rudiment stuff, listening/analysis stuff, conceptual stuff, jazz, rock, pop… whatever. We probably won’t be able to sit at an actual kit, but we can use a practice pad or a snare or both. That said, we will hang at the venues and we can definitely use the kit I’m touring with if the situation allows for noise on the stage at the time.
The rates won’t be steep… I’m not doing it for the money. I’m not teaching at all right now and I kinda miss it. Plus, I’m loving the opportunity that the road gives me to meet new people and build new relationships.
So hit me up if you want to make it happen! BOOSH.
Legendary bassist Ricky Minor fronts and directs the Tonight Show band. I was fortunate enough to meet and talk with Ricky for a while a few days ago when the band I’m touring with right now played on Leno.
First of all, the Tonight Show band is DOPE. The one and only Teddy Campbell throwing down on drums, and all kinds of awesome from the other players. They played out a 9-min version of “What Is Hip” right before our segment on the show and it just smoked.
But more to the point, Ricky Minor is a DEEP dude. Very kind, very giving, and very wise. He came right up to us as soon as he could to introduce himself, and took at least 15 min to share with us about how important gratitude is in life. The moment that stuck out to me most came shortly before showtime, when he was jumping and loosening up behind the curtain before going out to play. Our monitor engineer asked him if he was getting pumped and getting ready, and he replied: “Man, you gotta STAY ready. If you’re always ready then you never have to get ready.”
And there it is.
This list is pretty interesting. A fb friend of mine noted that there are no session drummers on this list. That is true, but there are also no bar band or cover band drummers either, so I’m not sure what his point was.
Music is music. Money is money. As noted in the video I posted last night, the two are somewhat related as regards economics, but they are still different things.
As a sort of follow-up post to my entitlement thoughts from a few months ago, I want to share this video that my friend Tristan Carnahan recently made as a submission to the Rode Microphones Rockumentary contest. I’m pumped that Tristan thought to use me for his subject, and also pumped about how it turned out.
Also, check out the appearance of the stained glass RD kit that I had for a little while. Miss those drums. So beautiful.