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The reason of diseases

There is a book out there. It was written by Groddeck, an unusual German psychoanalyst who lived at the time of Freud. The name of the book is: “The book of the it”. What a title, eh? Among other things, Groddeck shares his view on people being sick. Now, before anyone screams
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No rhythm.

There are all kinds of students, 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 have
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American

I was looking for a watch. I saw the brand Hamilton, supposedly a reputable American icon… but it’s made in Switzerland now. I got one, nonetheless. It ticks and tocks all right. But I can’t tell you what an American movement is like. I was looking for a pair or
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Teaching approach

There is not one way of teaching. There are not two either. There are a thousand ways of teaching piano or drums. And the fascinating part is this: I could adjust indefinitely according to the personality and wishes of the student. And I could adjust not only according to them,
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Brian Chippendale

I just saw a band called Lighting bolt. The drummer is Brian Chippendale. He has a very strong personality. To qualify it some more, I’d say he’s crazy. He plays loudly on one of these garbage drums made out of some rotting material. He is fast, obnoxious, he throws
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Planned determination

When a student comes for his first lesson, whether he is 8 years old or 88 years old, he is nothing but a big ball of determination. He grabs the drum sticks, or he sits at the piano with a clear gaze and a strong heart. Nothing can come between this person and his will to study
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The unsuspected power of the drummer

When I worked with the Cirque Plume, in Besancon, France, I was substituting for the regular drummer. I had to learn to juggle with 3 balls, to play the different instruments of a Samba Batucada (I’ll develop that on another blog, I promise) and to do some clowning.
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