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11s sticking

Wanted to share a quick little rhythmic somethin’-somethin’ with you here! This has been my recent default when sitting down at a pad to warmup. An 11-note sticking (22 in all, before repeating)… RLLRRLRLLRR LRRLLRLRRLL One way to think of it is as a...

Drummer’s Resource podcast interview!

I am super excited to share this recent podcast interview I did with Nick Ruffini of Drummer’s Resource. Nick is continually posting conversations with some of the most influential players on the planet. He contributes so much value to the drum community;...

Check Your Gig Triangle

Modern Drummer Magazine occasionally has the Education Team they’ve assembled weigh in on a variety of topics. Most recently: what advice each member would give to a student who’s considering pursuing a career in the music industry. Drummers Mike...

Antonio Sanchez on Having Superhero Technique

Antonio Sanchez. If you’re a drummer, you’ve likely heard of him. If you’re not, or somehow haven’t, you’ve still almost definitely heard him. From his solo jazz percussion composition work for the film Birdman . . . to his mind-blowing...

Setting Unrealistic Deadlines

Useful to all of us – whether in our musical lives, work and other professional endeavors, or day-to-day personal goals – is a principle called Parkinson’s Law. In a 1955 article in The Economist, C. Northcote Parkinson stated that: “Work expands so as to...

Musicians: Two Quick Questions

I’m working hard on a new service to offer to musicians who want to step things up and further develop their careers! Your help (by simply answering the two following related questions) will really assist me in making sure that I’m focusing on areas that...

TEDxYouth@Omaha

I wanted to share a recent performance and talk with you! “ROCK Unlocked: The 4 Keys To Your Future Success” was presented to several hundred high school students at TEDxYouthOmaha 2014. Watch the video below, check out my previous TEDxConcordiaUPortland...

Are You The Lion? Or The Gazelle?

A student came into his lesson last week wearing a shirt from his school’s track team. The back of it read: In case your browser has difficulty displaying the image, I’ve included it below. No problems viewing? Read it again anyway . . . Every morning in...

What Do You Listen To While Writing?

Do you listen to music while writing? I, for one, have a difficult time keeping my mind from dissecting the intricacies of any song that’s playing while I’m in the creative, yet focused, mode that I require while sitting down to write an article, formal...