In my 12 years or so playing the drums (I have lost count actually), Vic Firth sticks have always been THE most consistent, durable, and balanced drum sticks I have ever used. I have detoured at various times to try sticks from other companies, but those do not give me the high quality that I am accustomed to with Vic Firth sticks.
This 17-part video inspired me so much and taught me about working hard for your passion, staying true to your core vision, always learning, always improving, and keeping up high standards of customer service.
I hope this video inspires you too and to play the best drum sticks in the world, VIC FIRTH.
Dang this is way cool!! The manufacturer of this product “Big Fat Snare Drum” just added me on Twitter. The product is an attachment drum head that you can place on top of your regular drum head to obtain a lower pitched, drier snare drum sound reminiscent of many of the classic 70’s recordings.
As usual, Tommy Igoe (Groove Essentials / Great Hands For A Lifetime), one of my favourite drummers and drumset educators, presents his thoughts as it is, no-holds-barred and from the heart,
His thoughts on the importance of drummers being able to sight-read in today’s music business are especially eye-opening (face-slapping too!). This is a video that I will watch and re-watch, and thereafter reflect deeply on my approach to teaching the drumset in the 21st century.
Secondly, the truth for us is…If we drummers of today do not have a basic recording setup at home or in the studio, we are operating on a dinosaur mode of operation. I feel that Tommy hit the nail on the head on this one. I have had so many benefits come my way because of my ability to have a space and the equipment to record my drums for independent artists.
This is a killer early 60’s instrumental tune for drums by the legendary UK guitar outfit, The Shadows. Drummer on this is Tony Meehan, if I am not wrong. Either him or Brian Bennett. Just check out the independence between his ride cymbal and snare/toms. I have to play this with The High Rollers and I am already owned!
Nobody tells the story of the evolution of the drumset better than Daniel Glass. Check out his fantastic info-tainment DVD, A Century Project, that deals with the 100-year story of the drumset, and his work with the Royal Crown Revue Band.
I came across this solo clip two days ago and was immediately taken by the musicality, creative use of double stroke and flam rudiments, and the way he tied the solo together with this fusion-based groove. I showed this video in two of my classes and both students were very inspired.