T Bruce’s Free Drum Lessons & Gratis Daily Drumming Tips
A series of free daily drumming tips to help you rapidly improve your playing in ways you never imagined!
August 18: The most important technique in getting a great snare sound is the rimshot. I have painstakingly drawn, sketched, mapped out a couple of places where you ought to place the stick (no jokes please…I heard that!)
July 30, 2012: Forget about expensive Moon Gel for muffling cymbals/drums. Chewing gum works as well, feels organic, and tastes better! And is cheap as dirt.
July 13, 2012: Friday the 13th means whenplaying brushes turn your snares off, too!
* In-depth Insights & Gateways to Better Drumming
March 04, 2012: Open the door to folkloric musics and all sorts of bodily trauma. Investigate the upbeat….not the backbeat but the upbeat….
January 9, 2012: Insights into drumming in a free jazz or improvisational music context. Is there implicit drumming logic? Or do the sticks fall as they may?
March 31, 2011: A challenge to the Doctrine of the Thumb-First Finger Fulcrum. I took heat for this when I explored this notion in Modern Drummer magazine and Drums Etc magazine features. You wouldn’t believe. And as my colleague Kevin Crabb (scroll way down for link) points out, it’s but the tip of the iceberg. All I was trying to say with in MD and DE was that if you’ve got a lever (stick) and a pivot point/fulcrum limited to thumb and finger-1 and you exert pressure on that fulcrum: (1) you compromise the lever system, which relies on force exerted distant from the pivot point, and (2) you can get hurt
March 7 to March 27: Part II of an article offering a radical ray of hope: How Drummers Can Relieve Performance Anxiety, Panic, the Frights, and Build Self Esteem…the answer lies in the pulse, listening, feeling it….
* T Bruce Private Lessons
I am accepting a handful of students in the Ottawa, Canada area. The curriculum is atypical and drawn from classic techniques (I studied Gladstone…from a disciple, not from Billy…not that old!) mixed with modern. I’m into folkloric styles. We play a lot. We do repairs and remedial. We get sounds. Identify the implicit grid in reggae vs second line. We pause and I spin CDs. When I teach you, say, a Cuban songo, you learn what it is to play in-clave. I’d rather explore the upbeat lilt in The Roots’ “The Otherside” than what goes up & down in BS& T’s “Spinning Wheel”. You like country? Great. You like music. It’s all good. Rock is good, so is jazz…just ask Tony Williams (long distance charges may apply). Email: TBruceWittet@gmail.com
* Non T Bruce studies. Bruce recommends (via Skype to LA) Kevin Crabb
Kevin Crabb (yes, co-writer of the Modern Drummer column) is the last word in high-level drum technique, particularly fingers/hands/wrists/elbows/shoulders..the entire body as a lever system. A prized student of Richard Wilson and before that Murray Spivak (who taught the greats, incl. Vinnie C and Carlos V), Kevin can diagnose problems via Skype and prescribe remedies. www.kevincrabb.com