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Beyond all

When you play something on an instrument you want to achieve something. It’s a natural thing because the instrument itself will never give you what you want. It will only be capable of compromise. Wait! By that I mean YOU have to do the compromise, both with your body and
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The discovery.

When I was expecting my first child, my mum told me something strange. “You’ll see, she said, you’re going to rediscover the world through her eyes. Everything will seem fresh and untouched because of her.” I wasn’t sure what she meant until I
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Telling the story.

I think that teaching is like telling a story. If someone wants to learn the double stroke roll on the drums or the I-IV-V on the piano, it is my job to make it comprehensible and easy to grasp. And I don’t know any better way to do that other than story telling. In our
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The list.

I shop for all sorts of things. Music equipment, music equipment and, of course, some music equipment. Some of those can be pretty expensive, like the music equipment. And I am not very smart about it when I buy. This is how it goes. I hear about the thing. I am then maybe
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Ceremony.

Humanity is a hard concept. I am not kidding. Learning to survive took thousand of years. We have no fur or scales for protection, no fangs or claws for attack. We can’t run fast, we can’t see far like the eagle, we don’t have the hearing or the sense of smell
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Longevity.

I just realize something: I’ve been playing the same kit for almost 40 years. I am talking about the red one I brought from France. Anybody that has taken lessons with me knows what I’m talking about. I love that drum set, it has been a faithful companion for many a gig and
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Preparation

I prepare my lessons. I now think long and hard about what my students will study. I’ve never been a cookie cutter kind of teacher, every one gets a tailored lesson, yes, just like it says in the pamphlet. But there are just about a thousand directions a player can go. It
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Listening over and over again.

Humanity used to listen to music once and then move on. The commoners would go to a concert or a ball room, enjoy the live musicians, and then return home where there was usually no music. If they wanted to relive the experience of music, they only had their memories, or they
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Progressive dynamics.

Among my beginners, I get two types: the loud ones and the quiet ones. Either type has its own pros and cons. The boldness of the loud ones makes them good performers, not afraid of the audience and eager to share their music with others. The quiet ones are exploring the delicate
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The world of music

I used to give lessons that were serious. I still do, when it is called for. Over the years, though, my teaching has been more fun for my students because they’ve been more fun for me. I’ve been adding many more things to lighten up the mood. Why? would you ask
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