Category: drumming tips

All you can do in one day – if you are Vinnie!

 

We all know, Vinnie Colaiuta is a scary monster on the drums. There is no doubt that he is amongst the very greatest of all time – and this recent session-video gives an insightful impression of his true mastership. Vinnie is tracking for Brian Eisenberg Jazz Orchestra , playing elegantly relaxed, tasteful, musical and overall impressive beyond belief.. He recorded the whole album within one day – and at 2:24 introduced this hilarious (but also helpful) brushes-to-sticks-move. His black shirt helps to “support the illusion” in forefield. Damn.


Here is the full Vinnie-in-the-studio-video from Brian Eisenberg.

Groove Workshop: Michael Bland in the studio with Vulfpeck.


 
During the last weeks a youtube clip of american funk combo Vulfpeck drew a lot of attention from the drumming community. Firstly, because the Michigan based band once more demonstrates their exceptional feel, tightness and funkyness, what, in my eyes, makes them one of the most interestings acts of these days; but also because of their guest drummer`s extraordinary performance: Michael Bland, mostly known for his long year engagement with Prince & The New Power Generation, nails the supposedly simple and “unclicked” groove for their new track “Hero Town” in such a relaxed and yet impressive way, that it brings a smile to every dedicated groove connoisseur. “Deep pocket drumming” at it`s finest – including Michael`s rather unusual stick-holding-technique. I wrote an exclusive workshop for bonedo drums with examples of some of Bland`s typical grooves and fills as well as a transcription and re-recording of the eight bar drum-solo. Check it out on bonedo drums!

Drumtrainer Berlin is online

 

since a couple of weeks drumtrainer berlin is online. at drumtrainer.online there is tips & tricks & performances by many outstanding drummers – and i am happy to be one of them. i recorded a three-part lesson on concepts interpretating musical phrases at the drumtrainer studio (german language only). you can watch the course-teaser for free, all course-modules are available for just a few bucks – if you are a member (from € 1.- / month). come on and explore the all new drumtrainer online and find out about the fine national (rubow, pfennig, lehrmann and many others) and international drummers  (carlock, lewis, robinson …) sharing their knowledge.

the pathfinder

it seems, whatever jojo mayer touches, turnes into something beautiful, spectacular and highly aesthetic. his film “changing time” turns out to be one of the best music-documentaries out there, giving insight to personal history, creative thinking  just as everyday life moments of one of the most proficient ad innovative drumming musicians on our planet. an absolute must watch!

the invincible

with the drumKAT, u.s.-american manufacturer kat inc. / alternate mode developed  the probably best and most complex percussive midi controller ever built. it is a dinosaur, but one that even today still knows how to impress. i wrote a little “secret tip electronics” on bonedo.de featuring my very own drumKAT, version 3.8  – unfortunately german language only.
https://www.bonedo.de/artikel/einzelansicht/elektronik-drums-geheimtipp-1-alternate-mode-drumkat-38.html

electronic drumming 4.0

with sensory percussion, new york / los angeles based drumtech-company sunhouse have started a true revolution. their unseen sensor-technology  in combination with their software application enables the modern drummer to enter a whole new world with a sensory-percussionized acoustic kit – including all new and creative possibilities to manipulate sounds. i was lucky enough to get a four-sensor-complete-kit, which i recently introduced, explained and reviewed on bonedo.de in word, pic & video
(only in german language).

the drummer makes the tempo

in the past years i have been in regular contact with andrew robertson from the centre of digital music at london’s queen mary university. he has been working on his vision of a device to make ableton live follow the tempo provided by a live drummer. he later came up with “b-keeper” a maxforlive device, which did quiet a good job. and now, this has turned into “beat seeker”, a handy and simple to use piece of magic. just switch between variable and fixed tempo using a midi controller or footswitch. this maxforlive device is fantastic for everyone who wants to free himself from having to play to a clicktrack, as soon as a sequencer running.

more about beat seeker on ableton.com