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Songs of Fascination 1: "White Elephant" by Asaf Sirkis and The Inner Noise

  • Posted on: 28 December 2015
  • By: sheldonkreger

Songs of Fascination Series

This series is an exploration of songs which at once caught my attention, and never let go. These are the songs I listen to on repeat; that I tear apart phrase by phrase; that I memorize line by line. If you are curious about my taste in music, this is the series you are looking for.

White Elephant

"White Elephant" is a very unique jazz fusion tune. Featuring Steve Lodder on church organ and Mike Outram on guitar, this is a trio lineup unlike anything I have ever heard.

Resonant Snare Drum Head Tuning

  • Posted on: 10 August 2014
  • By: sheldonkreger

I'm using a 6.5 x 14 Ludwig Supraphonic on my kit, and lately it's been feeling a bit flat. I can't get it to resonate the way I want it to. I can get a good 'crack' out of it. However, I don't get any of those whirling high's that I love.

After experimenting with tuning the batter snare drum head WAY up, I had almost given up. I blamed it on old heads. However, it turns out that all I needed to do was tune the resonant head higher. It was like magic!

Warming Up Before Grabbing Your Sticks

  • Posted on: 14 June 2014
  • By: sheldonkreger

Have you ever wanted a fast and effective way to get your body loose before you start playing? I know that my playing feels much better when my body is nimble and ready to respond.

You might not know, but my *other* hobby is Olympic-style weightlifting. That means my body HURTS all the time. It's a constant battle to keep it relaxed. In my sport, if you're not getting looser, you're getting tighter.

Dealing with Genetic Restrictions

  • Posted on: 4 June 2014
  • By: sheldonkreger

Lately, I've been thinking a lot about genetic restrictions and the impact that has my practice routines.

I know Thomas Lang explains "Creative Coordination" that he doesn't believe in "talent" . . . but that hard work will pay off for just about anybody. That's why he's reached such a level - through focused practice for many years.

However, people do have (at least) physical restrictions which prevent them from doing certain things. Or, it makes it a lot harder to master something, because progress is much slower than it can be for other people.

Progress is Not Linear

  • Posted on: 15 April 2014
  • By: sheldonkreger

Something strange happened tonight.

Last week I decided that I would start a loading phase at the gym. This means training heavy 10+ hours per week (and lots of added recovery time, extra sleep and so on). Therefore, I was only drumming for about an hour each evening. I didn't bother warming up, I just jumped into reading the Gary Chester book with a system I came up with. I'd also spend 10 or 20 minutes on improvising over the Thomas Lang Cooridnation Matrix ostinatos I already know.

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