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Bleeding hands

These are the hands of a drummer after a concert. Now, before I get some comments saying that not all drummer’s hands are like that. I need to say, yes, I know. This is an extreme case, and that’s why it ends up on this page. But the point that I will still make is
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Violent art

I like this picture because the guy before the drummer is a warrior, and that suggest that, in the end, humanity will find a way to channel its violence into art. I do think that the first drummer was that hairy man of the early time who, after he defeated his enemy, used some
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Typical five piece drum kit

This is a typical 5 piece drum set. I mention it for beginners who might not know that this is a very common, if not the most common configuration for drummers. Meaning, if you think of buying a drum set to start your percussive journey, go for a 5 piece drum set. It is a
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Broken drum stick

I remember when I broke my first drum stick. I was absolutely devastated. I thought I will never be able to play the drums anymore. But that was nothing compared to the despair I experience when I broke a drum head, the high tom drum head, to be precise. It was during a rehearsal
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No one can afford music! No one!

The tittle caught your eyes? Did it? Is that why you’re reading this blog? You think I can’t back it up? And if I can back it up, it doesn’t make sense that a music teacher would say that. All right, enough with the intro. I’ll explain. Music is a luxury.
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From the top. Part 3: the big tackle!

So, to sum it up, the problem is studying a piece by playing it from the top only every time. No good! Little progress, big frustrations, exit door to quitting playing music. Like I said: no good. No good at all. On the previous post, we saw the road map solution. If you
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From the top! Part 2: What to do about it!

Ok, so, we’ve diagnosed the problem: learning a piece by starting from the beginning is not necessarily a good idea. The progress is slow, the feeling is not satisfying, the going is tough. But, you might intervene, there are no other ways to go about it! We have to be a
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From the top! Part 1: The problem.

I’ll give you a sure way to mess up your practice and get discourage: take it from the top! So, you have this song, this exercise, this page to play. And, as is logical, you put your hands on your instrument and you start to play it. You know, you do that just to get the
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A difficult gig!

I need once to sing the despair of musicians. If you are new to this craft, you need to be informed: all musicians are nerds. Yes, even Bruno Mars, Eminem or Diamond Dave Lee Roth. We are all convinced that we can prepare life. And the way we prepare our lives will make us
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Musicality 1: life experience.

A french comedian joked that it takes 5 minutes to make a bad actor and 5 years to make a bad musician. And it is not far from the truth, if you look at Music from the angle of technique. But, if one wants to understand how Billie Holiday became successful, one has to look at
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