Endorsements: the Myths, the Facts…the Good and the Bad

Ahhh…the all-elusive “endorsement” deal. It’s like a magical Unicorn; impossible to harness. But when you DO, riches and fame beyond your dreams will be at your feet… Wait…What???!!?

The P.O.P. Approach to being a Well-Rounded Musician

What truly makes someone a well-rounded musician? Is it more practice time? Consider the P.O.P. Principle and its hypothesis of combining three very elementary concepts to create a unified harmony that will take your musicianship to a whole new level.

Thinking/Playing Music “Outside the Box”

Some like to describe themselves or their music as being “outside the box.” Should this title be worn as a badge of honor, or is it something to shy away from? Ironically, being outside the box usually only happens after spending a whole lot of time inside the box.

The Percussionist’s Dilemma: Do It All, or Focus on One “Strength?”

“Jack of all trades, master of none…” Sometimes as percussionists we can really feel this way. After all, there are literally hundreds if not thousands of different percussion instruments to master. So do we try to do it all, or find some middle ground?

Musical Benefits of the “Freehand Technique” a.k.a. the One-Handed Roll

The “Freehand Technique” (a.k.a. the “One-Handed Roll”): Utilizing the rim of the drum as your fulcrum, enabling you to play complex rhythms with one hand, opening up a completely new world of possibilities both rhythmically and musically. Not only did I learn the technique for myself, but I learned that it is a very teachable technique and is really a viable tool that every drummer/percussionist should have in his arsenal.

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