Tag: Drumset

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Teaching Tips – You’re The Student

A studio I teach at has a policy where if I can’t make a lesson, if at all possible that lesson gets subbed by another teacher who works at the store. It’s not an uncommon thing, and besides some of the details of how the policy is applied at this particular studio, I like the…




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Technology and Teaching – Groove Scribe

Groove Scribe is an online transcription and composition tool for drumset brought to us by Mike Johnston and the great people over at Mikeslessons.com. It combines the worlds of a WYSIWYG interface, drum tab, and western musical notation. It easily allows a user to write, listen to and share a groove. This is a great…




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Teaching Tips – A Child’s First Lesson

Not too long ago, the illustrious Drew Weber posted the very first article in the column “Teaching Tips” about starting off and teaching your first lesson. In (or around, I forget) 1996, Drew was actually my first drum instructor, and I was on the receiving end of the lesson he described.  I can tell you…




Percussion In Pop Culture – Whiplash/Birdman

Whiplash is a new movie about a young drummer who dreams about becoming one of the jazz greats and an abusive teacher that believes praise weakens and discipline strengthens. The performances of Miles Teller as student Andrew Neyman and J.K. Simmons as teacher Terence Fletcher are powerful and honestly some of the best I’ve seen…