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How to address the challenges of learning a new instrument? Getting the right gear. Part 2 (The drum set)

For the drums,  it’s a bit different than for the piano (See part 1).  But not for the worse.  Hold on! Read on! Come on! So many drummers do not pursue their passion because they can’t fit a full drum set in their apartment. First of,  a full drum set cam be muffled.
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How to address the challenges of learning a new instrument? Getting the right gear. Part 1 (piano

After having made up your mind and decided that you will pursue piano or drums,  after taking a few lessons and are strengthen in your determination,  you still don’t have an instrument.  Sometimes,  you don’t even have the room in your home to welcome a drum set or a
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These are my favorite drummers and this is why.

I’ll give you the first three,  starting with the third one. Manu Katché is French.  He’s the only one that achieve long lasting international stardom among the drummers who comes from my country. He was the main drummer on the seminal Peter Gabriel album
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What are the best pianos for practice and for performance, and why is there a difference?

The difference would be in the sound, the budget and the taste. Any good old piano,  upright,  grand or electronic (with 88 weighted keys) will do for practice. I have plenty of students that do just that and it works great. But I advise a good grand piano for performance if you
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People with no rhythm

There are all kinds of students. And, from the novice to the pro, I seem to get the whole catalog. But, the ones that are truly fascinating, are the ones who claim to have no rhythm. These are the special cases. What is a drum teacher to do with someone who says: “Look, I
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Bitterness

I am about to touch on a taboo subject. Something that musicians do not talk about usually. A lot of my colleagues, drum teachers or gigging drummers practice that taboo on a regular basis. The course of their life goes something like this. At two, while listening to music, their
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How long does it take to learn piano or drums and why?

3 months.  Maybe 6 months. On drums,  within the first 4 lessons,  one should be able to play along a bunch of songs. On piano,  depending on the style of music,  a month of moderate practice would give the player the chord progression of a few tunes, maybe even the basis of
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Career

A lot od aspiring professionals come to see me.  They usually are people who have been on the scene for awhile.  They have tried different ways to break through,  they haven’t been able to make satisfying progressed.  That’s why they have come to my studio,  to get a
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Teaching

When I started teaching, I went with the guide lines my teachers gave me.  Everyone had the same kind of lesson. But, as I encountered more and more different students, a cookie cutter method showed it’s limits.  It got me thinking that there was not one way of teaching.
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