Tag: Drum lessons

  • What is important in music?

    Music is a very abstract art. Once the notes have disappeared we’re left with just the memory. Yet, we, as musicians, sweat out the details. That’s because we try to make the listener’s memories last forever. We think that if we craft the notes with more thoughts behind them, we will have a better chance…

  • What’s in a musical performance?

    We are today in the digital world and we might think that music is produced by machines. Therefore, the reasoning goes, the skills necessary to play an instrument are getting rarer and rarer. I, for one, don’t think so since I’ve got a full schedule. Plus, we still have to this day a ton of…

  • Entertainment in or out.

    We are always battling this notion theses days: should we be entertained from the outside in or the inside out. Did you see that? I just opened with a mysterious sentence. I hope you’re intrigued enough to stay with me for the explanation. Being entertained from the outside in is pretty simple and easy: TV,…

  • Technological headaches.

    Being a musician these days is not an analog job anymore, especially if you’re have an instrument that can only play music from the 1900 on like the drum set. If you’re in that category, you’re going to have to deal wit some kind of machine. Oh, I am not complaining, it could be worse,…

  • To be respected in music.

    I talk with other drum and piano teachers regularly and I am always surprised that their experience of being a private music teacher is so different than mine. Their grief runs like a laundry list of what we all imagine are the typical obstacles of doing that job. I’ll give you a few of them:…

  • Every day music.

    I must be nuts. Every day for the last 40 years, I’ve been thinking mainly about one thing: music. That’s not only a long time, but it’s crazy. Now, let’s tame that statement a bit, shall we? I’ve crossed different eras in my journey, some intense some not so intense. There were some times when…

  • The famous exercises in drum or piano.

    There are some exercises that have gained fame and fortune in the studies of instruments. There are so well-known that it’s a matter of minutes before drummers or pianists talk about them. They usually have names that the common mortal wouldn’t understand and that mystery itself envelops the exercise of an even more attractive aura.…

  • Beginning on the piano.

    There are a thousand ways to be interested in studying an instrument, but I am pretty sure it almost always start because we love the sound of it. When you listen to music, are you drawn to the voice or the bass, the drums or the piano? The piano, you say? Keep reading. Piano is…

  • The fight to build.

    In my line of business, which is teaching music lesson privately, we are always striving to build a clientele. The numbers go up when the season is good, and down when the season is bad. I could agree with that statement if I thought it was the whole picture. Unfortunately, it is not. There are…

  • Listening to intentions.

    Sometimes digital music is disappointing because we cannot hear the artist intentions behind the notes. Machines are great, don’t get me wrong, but they are, almost by definition, devoid of emotions, which, at least for me, is the reason why I listen to music in the first place. Hearing the sorrow of Billie Holiday when…