Video debuts on T Bruce free tips, drum lessons, lots of commentary and soon reviews!

It had to happen. Free instructional drum video footage and demonstrations by yours truly. It’s taken me a month to learn 3 video-editing programs, get stuff together I’ve seen in studios for years but never had time task about!

So here we have an introductory video. NOTE: It is simply a test. I’ve heard it ’til I’m blue in the face on my own speakers and others. I know the relative levels of voice vs drum performance are skewed in favor of the drums. I need a mixer–hell, I need a proper sound card, period. No point me owning good microphones without a way of using discrete ones for voice and for kit.

But since time waits for no one, I reckoned it was time to get some footage up and running and correct mistakes later. It’s been a month since I’ve posted.

This is the sort of video you might expect from me in future–in style but not in substance.  Take a close look at that set up, which you’ll hear me refer to as “non-denominational”. I’ll probably never use the same configuration again although I will, indeed, put the Satoyama snare drum and various others components to good use.

Next up are video product reviews: a combination of text articles and video demonstrations. I will adhere to the gold review standards, the benchmarks set by the magazine I grew up with, Modern Drummer. I will be truthful. Look into my eyes. You can see I’m not lying (Split Enz or was it Crowded House?).

In future, I want you to hear truly new drums — gear others haven’t reviewed already…in addition to vintage items you might be bidding on eBay for — in the sort of detail and uttered with the same candor you’ve come to expect from the 50-odd reviews already published on this website.

Accordingly, next we have a real coup:  a review of the new Yamaha series, the Live Custom, oak drums that are monsters and all that entails, but that play so quietly you could….well, you’ll see.

Thanks for staying with me as I go through house cleaning on this website. And on these videos. Let’s take ourselves seriously while we have a little fun with this, new video series.

Here’s t’ae us

W’as like us

That’s the Scottish phrase indelibly ingrained etched into my vocabulary and consciousness by another mentor, my first musical encourager, and a true Glaswegian who emerged from the coal mines, Thomas H Southgate Sr, the late “Bada”. You will here the Scottish influence in my playing…and I wish the precision.