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How Long Until I’m Good?

Last week I talked about one of the most common questions I’m asked as a drum instructor, “How long does he/she (or, do I) need to take lessons?” Today, I wanted to tackle another similar question I often get. Like the first, this one also relates to many endeavors in...

Never. Stop. Learning.

I’m currently in the Atlanta airport, en route to Puerto Rico. This is the third annual trip I’ve made to the island, to attend La Fiesta de Santiago Apostol in the town of Loiza, and to learn more about the traditional percussion rhythms of Bomba and Plena. Before I...

The First Questions for Career Creatives

Want to make a full-time career out of your music, art or other creative interests? Part of my reason for blogging is to encourage you to do so, and show you how! But first, let me try to talk you out of it. Before stepping out on that long, difficult road, seriously...

Benjamin Franklin’s Advice for Drumming and Life!

What? Benjamin Franklin? He was a drummer? Well . . . no. But he did utter some words that can really benefit those of us who ARE! The following is a collection of valuable quotes from Franklin on the topic of time. I’m not the one to say how you should...

Tuning and Calibration: for music and life

Read (even if you aren’t a musician) and retweet! It was a Saturday afternoon in Minneapolis. Charlie Waymire and I were in a studio at college, tuning up his monster double-bass drumset for his band’s recording session later that day. Or maybe should I...

One helluva butt whoopin’

There’s nothing like stacking yourself up next to a heavyweight to remind you where you’re at on the totem pole! Over the years, I have had several opportunities to study and/or make music with some of the world’s best musicians. In many of those...