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Archive for June, 2012

Grace Notes and Flams and Drags, Oh My!

Hearing weird words like “Grace Notes” and “Flams” and “Drags” could be enough to scare anyone away from drumming much like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz was scared by “Lions” and “Tigers” and “Bears.” Don’t be afraid, though, because we’re going to pull back the curtain and show you the magic behind playing grace […]


HonkyPox Vaccine Discovered at Jazz Alley in Seattle

Have you ever had HonkyPox?  Do you have an over bite while you dance? Have you ever clapped on 1 and 3 instead of 2 and 4 while listening to music?  When you dance, do you wiggle your thumbs like you’re hitch hiking?  If you’ve ever done any of these things then you have suffered […]


4 Limbs and 2 Eyes – How to Read Music While Playing the Drums

How the heck is a drummer supposed to read music with both eyes while concentrating on playing the drums with all 4 limbs?  You’re playing the hi-hat cymbals with your right hand, the snare drum with your left, the hi-hat pedal with your left foot and the bass drum with your right. You’re responsible for […]


1 Week, 3 Gigs, 2135 People, Pancakes and Eagles

This has been one of the most fun and rewarding weeks of my part-time drumming career. I haven’t had this much fun since I was a full-time musician living in Los Angeles and travelling the United States.  The past week, I was able to play in 3 very different environments with 3 different bands for […]


The Magic of Song Sketches

It seems impossible that I could learn 40 songs in 2 days.  If you were to listen to the songs straight through, it would amount to over 2 and a half hours of music.  Think about what it would take to not just listen to the songs but to know them well enough to rehearse […]