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The weird alchemy of learning

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I am practicing the piano again. I must be doing about two hours minimum per day. I know, I know it is nowhere near enough, that I should be  doing around 5 to 8 hours per day. After all, my kids are now out of the house, my job is not too demanding and I’ve got a nice
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Comparing beauties.

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Nowadays we listen to music without the musicians present. Whether it in our car, in our earbuds, through the speakers of our sound systems or through the radio by the time we are actually hearing the notes, the musicians who produced them are doing something else, like working
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The unsuspected

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I love Victor Borge. He’s a piano player that had a whole show as a comedy, only the main subject was always the piano. Here, I’ll share a video. You’ll see, it’s irresistible: The page turner is his son, by the way. They were touring together and bringing
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Bonkers trivia.

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Did you know that in the mid 1920’s a drummer named Billy Gladstone invented an instrument called the (You might want to sit down for this one.) Bock-a-da-Bock. Now, right there, Google is going to bar my post from appearing in emails or my business page. Cause, see, the
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Drummers, here’s a suggestion on what to listen to.

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Drums are an instrument like no other. The guys who drive them are accused of being too loud, or too fast, or play too much. So many “Too’s”! Well, I know why: it’s because they don’t listen. They have only the faintest idea of what the rest of the
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The poor sorry drummer.

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Did you know that Drums were one of the last recorded instrument? I don’t mean by that that during a session the drums will go last, I mean it historically. And hysterically, too. Haha! Let’s laugh, so haha! Moving on. Why? Well, why, do you think? Because they were
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What is pushing behind.

Today I’ll talk about a subject that young drummers wonder about as they try to break through into the scene and make a name for themselves. Because the daunting question most of them have when confronted with an original song is: “What should I play?”
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Loneliness

And here we are, struggling with a new variant of the Covid-19, this one spreading like wild fires. It has engulfed all of our lives once again. We are not as afraid as we were two years ago but we don’t feel very safe either. More than that, many people are sheltering and
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At the beginning.

When I get a brand new beginner on drums I tell her to grab her stick the way she prefers and then try to hit the hi hat or the snare. I do not give more direction than that. I let them find their marks with their grip. I know they usually are eager to get started with the fun
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