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  • How Stop Drum, Hi Hat and Auxiliary Pedals From Moving

    I've been a semi pro drummer for over 30 years now. How time flies! I've played bars, clubs, weddings, parties, coffee houses, medium to large stages and everything in between. I've been to places where I could barely fit my drum set and other stages where I could fit a Neil Peart size kit. In my early days of drumming, playing 4 to 5 gigs per week in Los Angeles, being 20 something years old, I learned that out of all the stuff I had to pack 9 times out of 10 I'd forget my carpet. I had a dedicated carpet for my drums which wasn't too terribly large but I'd still inevitably forget it. I'd get the gig and either find a door mat or chefs mat to use. If I couldn't find something to use I'd end up yelling at my bass player to hold my bass drum with his foot.
  • Easy Ukulele Songs For Beginners

    When playing ukulele as a beginner we recommend you start off with 3 basic chords. Once you learn the chord progressions switching between those you can add the fourth later. The 3 super simple basic chords are Am, C, F, and these three chords make up hundreds of popular ukulele songs.
  • Marijuana is Still Leading Cause of Drum Circles

    Researchers believe this study will provide a deeper understanding into how marijuana may act as a gateway to instruments like bongos and cow
  • Daisy Rock Guitar Packages by Benson Music Shop

    Daisy Rock guitar packages by Benson Music Shop are the perfect gift for your daughter.
  • KickStrap is an Essential Stick Bag Must Have for Jeff Randall

    Nashville pro drummer Jeff Randall's 10 Things to Have in Your Stick Bag

     

  • Art Blakey - The Musical Drummer

    As a bandleader and drummer, Blakey always played in the most musical way. He always served the song. Wynton Marsalis said, "On the 8th day, God created Art Blakey."
  • Why Did You Start to Play Music?

    When I was five years old my uncle would rehearse his band in the living room of our house. My uncle was a guitar player but when the band would come over the drums were my focus! The bass drum would just hit me right in the heart. I can still remember the “thump” it would create in my chest.
  • Swing, Bop and Jazz Drummers Timeline

    It's good to know your history. As an artist you want to push "the boundaries" but how can you push boundaries if you don't know what and who defined them previously? Every generation pushes and hopefully expands and adds to what came before. Following is a list and timeline of Swing, Be Bop and Jazz drummers.
  • Tommy Rickard

    Tommy Rickard is a working drummer, singer and songwriter who got his start in the S.F. Bay Area in the ‘80s. After playing punk shows in high school, he joined Vain, landed a record contract and began touring. After few years with Vain, he went on to play with Eric Martin, Ronnie Montrose, Linda Perry and many others.
  • John Anthony Turner

    John Anthony Turner John Anthony Turner is an extraordinary drummer with intense focus and rock solid groove. I had the opportunity to see John pla...
  • Ronald "Dardenboy" Darden - Drummer

    “Chris Coleman said, “I never play for competition. I play because I love to play”. That really blew my mind because I had never heard a kid talk like that.”

  • Tammy Mitchell-Woods

    "When I was having so much trouble breathing the doctors were telling us if we can't get this under control it could go south really quickly and we are actually talking about my funeral.."

    I don't think it's ever that I don't want to play. (laughs…)  since I was 12 I can't think of a time where I really don't want to play. But sometimes my breathing is so bad that I really can't play even if I want to and lupus also wipes out my energy. I call it chemo-tired.  It’s kind of like the worst flu you’ve ever had but it never goes away. To get motivated to go up and sweat it out for an hour and a half is a hard thing to do. I think, “Do I have enough energy to do it?”