A great man (I think it was Mr Miyagi from The Karate Kid) once said:

"There is no such thing as a bad student. Only a bad teacher".

Wise words.

And some that really make sense to me, having been involved in drum and music

education professionally for the past 10 years. In that time I have been extremely

fortunate to have met some truly inspirational teachers and I would like to dedicate

this blog/magazine - (you could call it either a blogazine or a blagazine, depending

on if you think I know what I'm talking about!) - to those drummers who have really

made a difference in the world of drums and drum education.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

# 1,000,001

There are about a million resources, (books, DVD's, websites, magazines), already about drums and drumming and learning to play the drums.
So how is this one different?
Well, because I am hoping this book will approach things from a new and different perspective.

I have been playing the drums for over 25 years and have taught the drums for the past 10 years; without actually having much guidance myself in either drumming or as an educator, I feel that I have quite a unique view on things.

I am an active player, an experienced teacher and still a student of the drums.

-          As many great drummers have said before, you can never stop learning.
This is very true…

The reason I started to write my ideas and thoughts down was because I think that there is too much confusion about what is right and what is wrong when playing the drums…  In my opinion, the whole point has been missed by most - the point being:

Drumming is an art form

There are traditional ways of thinking and approaching things and there are innovative ways.  The innovators are the people who break the traditional mould.
That is what I am hoping to do.

I am also hoping to interview many of the worlds most innovative drummers and get to know how they managed to achieve what they have so far & get some insight into their life as a drummer.  I am hoping to share exclusive answers to questions you ask.  And I am hoping to speak with the drummers who you admire the most.

I want to improve the way drums are taught and the way drums are learnt.  I hope to explore new ideas and help both students and teachers to understand and improve the way they interact with each other.

In my opinion, a good drum teacher is someone who can let their students keep their individuality and help them to play the drums the way that suits them and not get so hung-up on what is “technically correct” and definitely not to copy or play like anyone else.

I get very annoyed by anyone who says that they know best; especially teachers.

Lesson number 1:  Nobody knows best.  There are only ideas.  Some of these ideas work.  Some don’t.  But the ideas themselves are subjective anyway.  And so they should be!  As I said before, drumming is an art form and so there is no right and wrong.

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