Tud McGrearunchth’s “Louder Faster Better” • Drum Instruction

Happy Sunday everyone! We thought it would be a good idea to lighten things up with some classic drummer humor. This video speaks to the tried and true drummer stereotype that louder, faster equals better. All kidding aside, why do you think this stereotype exists? Name ONE factor that you think contributes most to this frustrating but humorous stereotype. Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Thanks to Payton MacDonald for the tip.

Originally posted on DrummChattr.com on January 23, 2011.

Maintaining Balance

How do you maintain balance between being a full-time musician/student and living life? We can never be “done” preparing music, and there is literally always something more to be done, to learn, to study, or to listen to. That being said, how do you keep your life balanced? Accountants, Engineers, laborers, and other professions clock out, finish projects, and simply go home. But, as musicians, nothing is ever finished. I think that makes it one of the toughest professions to balance, especially those musicians who have families too. I highly respect those who maintain life balance and still excel in the arts, and would love to hear how they manage their time and their lives.

How do you handle this struggle? Do you have any “tricks” or regular practices that help? Share your thoughts, struggles, and questions in the comments.

Originally posted on DrummChattr.com on January 23, 2011 by Shane Griffin.

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Renegades play “Pan in A Minor”

Panorama, the National Steel Drum Festival in Trinidad and Tobago, is in full swing. The panorama groups have been preparing for the competition which happens every year on the Saturday before Lent. The groups are made up of 100 performers. For full coverage of the 2011 Panorama Festival, visit Pan on the Net’s website.

One of my all time favorite tunes from Panorama is Lord Kitchener’s Pan in A Minor. This award winning 1987 performance is by the Renegades Steel Drum Orchestra directed by Jit Samaroo. The Renegades, and Jit’s arrangements, are know for there tight engine room (rhythm section) and use of unison hits throughout the arrangement.

Is this the first Panorama video you have ever watched? What is your favorite Panorama tune or arranger? Leave a comment below and let us know.

Originally posted on DrumChattr on January 21, 2011 by Dave Gerhart.

Vadrum Meets Barber of Seville

It’s been awhile since we featured any Drum Set here on DrumChattr. Today is Vadrum. He has several videos that are similar to this. By that I mean, shredding over classical music. Check him out on YouTube.

What’s your favorite Vadrum video? Maybe not to this extent, but have you ever had students just “rock out” to music that was seemingly unrelated? Talk about it in the comments below.

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