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.

Purposeful Porpoise: The Water Games

  • Posted on: 20 July 2015
  • By: sheldonkreger

It is rare today to hear a group of top level musicians performing at their peak. In a world where music is created to be disposed of like a TV commercial, I find it harder and harder to hear true musicianship shine through. Supergroup albums give us the opportunity to really hear what the best musicians do when they aren't working for somebody else - and it's important that we pay attention at every chance we get.

Rimshot-Locs Review

  • Posted on: 18 July 2015
  • By: sheldonkreger

Because I play a wide variety of musical styles, I need to have different tools for different jobs. When I play jazz, I need thin, washy cymbals that perform well at low volumes. My drums are smaller, and I use coated drum heads. However, when I play progressive rock, I use somewhat heavier cymbals, bigger sticks, double ply drum heads, and a larger drum set.

It's Tough to Part Ways with Gear

  • Posted on: 28 June 2015
  • By: sheldonkreger

I recently sold off my long-treasured collection of Paiste Twenty cymbals. I kept going back and forth, back and forth. I posted them at too high a price a few times. I posted them for a fair price and then took them down. Finally, I had to just take a trip to Guitar Center and sell them on the spot. And, when I left the store, the cash in my pocket felt great. But, I was also sad to lose my precious cymbals.

So, why did I let them go? It wasn't about the money, that's for sure.

I don't like letting gear sit around - especially rare, pro quality gear. It just doesn't feel right. Somebody should be playing it! And, since I've purchased my collection of Paiste Traditionals and Signature Dark Energy, I have not had any reason to play on my Twenty series.

It's funny, because I actually did the same thing with my old paintball gun this week, a fishbone-style ICD Bushmaster. It needed a home where somebody would love it!

Off Beat with Michael Aubrecht

  • Posted on: 21 June 2015
  • By: sheldonkreger

From time to time I find other great drum websites across the web. Michael Aubrecht, author of "Fundamentals of Drumming for Kids", has established a fantastic drum blog which I think readers of ProDrumBlog will enjoy.

Michael's blog focuses primarily on conceptual issues for drummers, such as time, creativity, and tasteful playing. However, there are also posts featuring interesting drum fills and conversations about his favorite drummers. Each post is well-thought and definitely worth a read.

Because he is such an experienced instructor, Michael's posts are highly informed and educational. You can tell that he is very passionate about drumming and music in general. You can visit his site at

Cajon Method by Paul Jennings

  • Posted on: 14 June 2015
  • By: sheldonkreger

Originating from the coast of Peru in the early 1800's, the cajon has become a key percussive instrument in many styles of music. Drummers today know that playing the drum set isn't their only job - they also need to have mastery of instruments like the cajon. Its part of being a well-rounded musician.

The new book "Cajon Method" by Paul Jennings is an excellent choice for drummers interested in learning the cajon. The book is split into three sections:

1. The Basics
2. Grooves
3. Advanced Techniques

Paul Jennings

Kiss Drum Play-Along

  • Posted on: 14 June 2015
  • By: sheldonkreger

Kiss fans and drummers alike are rejoicing the release of "Kiss Drum Play-Along" from Hal Leonard publishing. Featuring 8 of the greatest hits from the band, you will be sure to find many of your favorite songs in this fantastic collection.

One of the best ways to explore a new genre of music is to pick up some drum play-along tracks, hit the practice room, and jam through the songs. Hal Leonard has made it easier than ever to find music in your favorite styles to give you the chance to practice without having to get your whole band over for rehearsal.

Hal Leonard