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My series of reposting old blog entries lands on a timely subject this week. I don’t have any tours lined up any time soon, and my plan for at least the first half of 2014 is to dive head first back into my private lessons. I have a brand new (almost completed) teaching studio at the Risen Drums shop, I have a bunch of free time, and I have an itch to get teaching again.

Over the years I’ve had learning experiences sourced from a bunch of different dudes as well as the opportunity to be a teacher to a lot of different students. This post about what makes an effective teacher comes from those experiences.

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L to R: Jace McDonald, Myself, Arturo Gil, Andrew Shreve

L to R: Jace McDonald, Myself, Arturo Gil, Andrew Shreve

A couple months ago the Sara B tour had a day off in the Los Angeles area, and my drum tech Kris and I were able to take a trip to the Paiste North America offices. Their space has been located in a suburb called Brea for the past 32 years – the same warehouse and office the entire time. It’s smaller than you might expect, but wow are there a lot of cymbals.

The warehouse workbench... still the same since the 80's when that vintage Stewart Copland poster wasn't vintage.

The warehouse workbench… still the same since the 80’s when that vintage Stewart Copland poster wasn’t vintage.

Dozens of rows like this. Cymbal heaven.

Dozens of rows like this. Cymbal heaven.

My favorite part of the trip was sitting at the kit that they have ┬áin the warehouse while Andrew (the primary artist relations rep) pulled any cymbal off the shelf that I wanted to check out. 24″ Masters Deep Ride, 22″ Masters Dark Ride, any and all 602’s, Traditionals, Signatures… everything. I played on models that I’d never even seen in person for almost 2 hours.

22" Masters Dark ride and some 15" Modern Essentials 602 hats.

22″ Masters Dark ride and some 15″ Modern Essentials 602 hats.

24" ride attack. Near to far: 24" Masters Deep ride, 24" 2002 Rev Al ride, 24" 602 Medium ride.

24″ ride attack. Near to far: 24″ Masters Deep ride, 24″ 2002 Rev Al ride, 24″ 602 Medium ride.

Me and Andrew. Whose shirt is cooler?

Me and Andrew. Whose shirt is cooler?

The cymbal demo jam session focused most on the new 602 Modern Essentials line. The only models from that line that I’ve heard are the two I own: the 16″ crash (which I use as a hihat top) and the 22″ ride. I was able to play every cymbal in the series. The 18″ crash is great… the 20″ crash is AMAZING. The 20″ ride was ok but not as cool as the 22″ that I have, so I’m glad I chose the one I did. Both 14″ and 15″ hats sound fantastic and are very versatile, but I would probably choose the 15’s to purchase someday.

The incredible new 602 Modern Essentials line.

The incredible new 602 Modern Essentials line.

We also got to see the warranty-return bin – literally hundreds of cracked cymbals just sitting in a pile that will soon be shipped back to Switzerland to be melted down and recast.

Fallen soldiers.

Fallen soldiers. Marilyn Manson drummer Jason Sutter owned the front right one.

Basically it was the best tour day off ever. Huge thanks to Paiste for everything they do for me, and for making such great sounding cymbals.

Many of my regular readers probably know that Carter Beauford isn’t a dude I normally list as an influence. He’s certainly a famous drummer, and deservedly so. I think other players have simply spoken to me in a more lasting way. That’s all I’m saying.

But let’s just acknowledge that the dude can THROW DOWN. It’s difficult to find anyone that plays more TIGHTLY than Carter, and this concept for a drumcam angle is just too rad to pass up.

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