Photo by Scott Pickering

Friday, November 30, 2012

Worship Musician Magazine Article

The recent issue of Worship Musician contains an article based on writings from Percussion For Worship (unpublished book).

You can read the article on line.  Hit the link below and flip to page 48 to read "Tambourine Tips: Random and Useful" in the November / December issue.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Triangle Vibrato

        Here's one of my Percussion How To videos

 A short tutorial on triangle vibrato

Monday, November 19, 2012

Tycoon Rhythm Rack

In the "Why didn't I think of that?" category...
The Rhythm Rack from Tycoon Percussion!

Here's a photo that I snapped at PASIC earlier this month. 
I was so impressed by The Rhythm Rack! 
Not only can you mount blocks, bells, etc...but you can play them without picking up a stick.  The circular paddles operate mallets that strike the instruments.  You can easily move from congas to cowbell and back using only your hands to play all the sounds.  
Check out the website  (link below) for more info on The Rhythm Rack and other great gear from Tycoon Percussion.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Set Up Of The Month November 2012

Mike Smith sent these photos recently.  The percussion playing of Mike has accompanied James Ingram, Gladys Knight, Marilyn McCoo, Macie Gray, and many more artists. 
The top set up is from a Kirk Whalum show.


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Monday, November 5, 2012

PASIC 2012

It was the return of the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) to the Lone Star State last week.  Attendees to the world's largest gathering of drummers enjoyed Austin's warm temperatures and dozens of concerts and clinics. 

The event is always inspiring (and humbling) as I listen to some of the "greats" perform.  I really dug Keith Terry's body percussion presentation and the father-son duo of Richie and Roland Gajate-Garcia.  Another highlight was the Roland V-Drums National Championships which included performances by Johnny Rabb and Thomas Lang.  The V-Drums are amazing! 

As a member of the Interactive Drumming Committee, I facilitated a Flash Jam on Friday morning.  What a blast!  Drums and Boomwhackers were jamming for about ten minutes outside the exhibit hall.  I looked over and saw my friend, Rich Redmond (Jason Aldean band) joining in the action.
You can get lost in the moment checking out gear at the Exhibit Hall.  Check out this photo of Neil Grover and me at the Grover Pro Percussion booth. 

Grover instruments have been a part of "my sound" for over two decades!

Several months ago, Grover released the Roll Ring.  Wow!  With the Roll Ring, you can lay down a confident thumb roll on the tambourine (with no saliva).