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Professional

Following on the previous post titled “Advanced”, here is now a description of what a Professional player is. A Professional, or a “pro”, as they are called, must be prepared for anything. Anything! It means that, for reading, he must be able to read the
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Advanced level

People I teach want to know where they stand. They want to know if they would be considered beginners, intermediate, advanced players. That’s for the easy ones to classify. A lot of them have a foot in one area while being more proficient in others. It is usually a mixed
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The vibe (Part 2)

Jim Chapin, famous for his wonderful book: “Advanced Techniques for the Modern Drummer”, had to tour the country to demonstrate that the exercises he had written could be played. People would marvel while he would show how to develop independence of the limbs.
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The vibe

I was reading a comic book called “Y: last man standing” (Here, huge spoiler alert, I’m about to make a big revelation. Do not continue if you intend to read this wonderful series) So, let me start again, since I’ve just been rudely interrupted by myself.
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The anti compass

This is what is becoming a typical situation: Little Jimmy is doing too much video games. He has been glued to the screen for 6 years now. It is painful to get him away from it, so much so that if he had a beard, it would be velcroed to the TV. And, here we are, Mr Sol, in your
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Controlling violence

What are the effects of music on a child? How can they benefit him or her?   I think it depends on the child, first of all. I think that every instrument has different qualities appealing to different personalities. A violin player or a piano player will want to lead. A
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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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