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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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A lot of 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 progress.  That’s why they have come to my studio:  to get a
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Vinnie Colaiuta

Vinnie Colaiuta is regarded as one of the best drummers of our times and with reasons! This guy actually played on a heavy metal album with Megadeth and a week later recorded a jazz big band album with Paul Anka.  Very few in the drumming world are able to change their hat and
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Challenges of learning a new instrument

Sheet music
One of the obvious challenge of learning any new instrument is discipline. A typical scenario goes like this: We watch a marvelous drummer or piano player, we are in awe at the mastery of the player, the flow, the command he has over his craft. We mull that bit for awhile inside
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No rhythm.

A dancing bear
There are all kinds of students. Sometimes you get the novice, sometimes you get the pro. You never know what’s in the box of chocolate. But, the ones that are truly fascinating (the students, not the chocolates), are the ones who claim to have no rhythm. What is a drum teacher
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A bass guitar
Something I pondered. 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. I would have preferred if it was American though. I got it before I
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Teaching approach

Sol Garnier teaching drums
There is not one way of teaching. There are not two ways either. I think there are a thousand ways of teaching piano or drums. To me, the fascinating part is this: trying to adjust according to the personality and wishes of the student. And I want to adjust so that we meet, so
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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. I would even say he’s crazy. Good crazy. Great crazy. He plays loudly on one of these garbage drums made out of some rotten material. He is fast, obnoxious, he throws
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Planned determination

A man playing a piano on fire
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 him and his will to study music.
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