Category Archives: percussion

Happy Easter

Firstly Happy Easter to everyone who reads this column.  This is  as special time of year for me.  However, my celebrations were rather curtailed today by a young drummer and his percussionist friend who introduced a new concept to the word ‘crucifixion’!  … Continue reading

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One Big Sky

At last, after recording, mixing and mastering the first piece of evidence for our existence is released!  You may remember my blogs in February from ICC Studios in Eastbourne where we were recording the ‘albumette’.  Well One Big Sky officially … Continue reading

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Return to the Studio: Day 2

I sit here thinking about Lionel Ritchie’s song “All Night Long.”  It’s after 3 a.m. on Sunday morning and we’ve just finished for the day. Something really special is beginning to grow. Despite setbacks, the creative energy of five musicians … Continue reading

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Return to the Studio: Day 1

8:45a.m.  After a traditional breakfast at The Compton Lounge, our favourite local cafe its off to start the serious stuff .. laying down the tracks to the click.  Fortunately we managed to get in last night to set up and … Continue reading

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Return to the Studio

It’s Thursday and we’re travelling 200 miles for a return to ICC Studios in Eastbourne to record a new album. Looking from this side is always exciting: potential, passion, intensity, critical appraisal, exhaustion, late nights, The Compton Lounge, making new friends, renewing … Continue reading

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Dynamic Drumming?

Running a drummer & percussionist’s information web site I get asked many questions, particularly about equipment, maintenance and how to choose the right gear.  One question I was asked recently was “How can I make my drumming more interesting?” Well, … Continue reading

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Creativity for Drummers & Percussionists

Sometimes, just ‘playing the beat’ is not enough. I try to think of a song as a ‘musical picture’.  Just as an artist paints a picture with many colours, and with many shades of the same colour, so it is … Continue reading

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