Off The Record: Paul Barry

He has toured the World. His music has been featured in commercials, TV and film. A multi instrumentalist. An active and motivated guy on the local scene both with his teaching and playing. He has also earwormed me with his guilty pleasure song. Ladies & Gentlemen… Paul Barry. Favourite food? – Indian Favourite film? – That’s…

Common Drummer Mistakes: Part 5 – Attributing Special Powers To Great Drummers

5. Attributing mystical powers to great drummers. ‘Lazy people are going East, the hard workers are going West. You’re going further and further apart every day’ – Kenny Aronoff ‘I auditioned for the number one student orchestra in the USA… First year, completely flubbed my audition for Vic Firth. Second Year I come back, failed…

New Year, New Practise Routine

Some quotes/mantras that have encouraged me to turn my practise routine upside down and re evaluate everything i’m doing…. “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” – Henry Ford “By changing nothing, nothing changes.” – Tony Robbins “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority,…

‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’ Justin Timberlake – Full Song Transcription and Video Lesson

You are probably wondering why my last 3 blog posts have been Justin Timberlake related…. No, i’m not President of the Justin Timberlake fan club. But these are the songs i’ve most recently had to learn. The chart is somewhere between the actual recording and my interpretation of how to best play the tune with…

How To Network Like A Pro

Don’t network. Honestly… don’t. ‘Networking’ sounds like you’re walking around Wall Street in 1991 with an enormous cell phone. I would eliminate the word from your vocabulary. Build real relationships with people. Don’t treat them as a stepping stone to personal glory. Can we replace ‘network’ with ‘friends’? ‘It’s not what you know, It’s who…

Playing with Click Tracks

The age old debate! Discussion can get heated around this topic. Camp A will argue that a click ‘sterilises’ the music. Makes it too robotic and doesn’t leave enough room to breathe and develop organically. Camp B will argue that ‘you’re either in time or out of time’. It makes things sound tighter, more professional.…

Crazy weekend!

A break from the run of Q & A’s with my friends. This is actually a more standard blog/diary type entry… I remember Tommy Igoe bringing up in his ‘Groove Essentials’ book/dvd series that NOW is the time to practise, because when things take off you won’t have time. I just had THAT weekend. I’m…

Off The Record: Glen Child

Glen first came on my radar about 7 years ago when i started gigging heavily around Auckland. Who was this mythical timekeeper i kept hearing about? His name was spoken in hushed tones followed by ‘perfect…’, ‘impeccable…’ and other intimidating adjectives. So let’s find out what makes Glen tick! Favourite food? – Thai Favourite film?…