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Memory

Steve Gadd, says composer extraorinaire Paul Simon, has a particularity: while he improvises he can recall a pattern that he just played and play it again exactly the same. It sounds like an obvious thing to do, but when you have the technique that he has, it becomes a very
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Printing it in the flesh 2

We don’t want the teacher to get annoyed. But if the student has been told to slow down and he doesn’t: what to do? Well, I can explain it to you on the blog, or you can take lessons with me and I can show you in real time the solution to that sticky problem. Moving
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Print it in the flesh 1

While the student is trying to do a difficult exercise on the instrument, music teacher will often fall back on this advice: Slow down. And, while the advice is great and most of the time exactly what is needed, it is not sometimes possible for the student to follow it. For one
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Receiving

I had many blogs on the subject of listening. You can go through some of them if you wish. Let’s put it in a social contest. I have learnt that when someone tells you his problems, it doesn’t mean he wants you to fix them. He might just want to say out loud what is
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‘Tis the season

Change is in the air. The light has changed. The brightness of summer has faded to a warm auburn color. Rain is here. And staying. But people’s lives is also subject to change. A lot of changes. A lot of dramatic changes for some. I know a few people that are struggling.
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Promo video

The family band I share with my children made had a busy summer. I am very excited to show you the promo video we have. We are looking for gigs! Pass it around!
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Don’t play bored! 3

Oh, ok, so now we’re ready to listen. Good! Sit down. Alrighty then. Same groove, same bass drum. Now. Try to make that bass drum blend. Yes: blend. Put it at the correct spot and the correct volume. Got it! Now play just that. Doesn’t it feel good? Look at the
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Don’t play bored! 2

I’ll try to help you. Let’s take a groove. A simple groove. No. Not a groove on the drums. You don’t get to play yet. Let’s put that groove on the bass. Or the guitar, or the piano. It’s a groove. A repetitive rhythmic pattern that loops. Ok. Now
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Don’t play bored! 1

Here comes this player. He’s a guy. It’s always a man. The male hormone. It’s strong. It’s unstoppable. And there he goes. He sits down at the kit. He grabs the sticks. Give him a few notes of bass or guitar or whatever and he’s going to throw the
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