Review

Antoine Fafard: Proto Mundi Featuring Simon Phillips - Full Session Video

  • Posted on: 19 November 2017
  • By: sheldonkreger

Composer, bassist, and producer Antoine Fafard recently released a new solo project entitled "Proto Mundi." There is a CD, but also a video of the entire album performed in-studio by Simon Phillips (see below). It features:

- Antoine Fafard, bass and guitars
- Gary Husband, keys
- Jerry Goodman, violin
- Simon Phillips, drums

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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.

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

Author: 
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.

Author: 
Hal Leonard

Slayer Drum Play-Along

  • Posted on: 14 June 2015
  • By: sheldonkreger

Are you looking for an exciting way to build your double bass chops? Tired of just doing boring exercises and racing your metronome? Look no further than the Slayer Drum Play-Along by Hal Leonard Publishing.

We all know that there is a time and a place for technique work. But, the bottom line is that we need to ROCK. We need to rock HARD. And, if we can't do that, then there is really no reason to be fooling around with technique in the first place. Getting hands-on experience with classic metal songs is one of the best ways to tie the pieces together.

Author: 
Hal Leonard

The View from the Back of the Band - The Life and Music of Mel Lewis

  • Posted on: 9 March 2015
  • By: sheldonkreger

While history holds a seemingly endless list of great drummers, any person interested in the history of jazz drumming will appreciate the life story of Mel Lewis. Having performed on a whopping 630 recordings, it's almost impossible that you've never heard his playing.

This fantastic book by Chris Smith is a heartfelt look at the life and career of the great Mel Lewis. In fact, the book itself is as wide in scope as Lewis's career; and it traverses depth comparable to Lewis's playing. It is an extremely extensive Mel Lewis biography which will leave no reader unsatisfied.

Author: 
Chris Smith

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