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Drummer Woody Woodmansey

Woody today Take me back to Driffield, how on earth did you get into drumming in Driffield? I was still at school and had four mates who always hung about together, we did sports and football - we were like a gang. We used to play football on a Thursday night in one

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Drummer Pete York

Pete York phoned from his home in a snowy Germany and I got the chance to use my new-fangled phone pick up to record his every word. I’d just returned from skiing in Italy and as typical Englishmen our talk immediately turned to the weather. So how is it in Germany? "We had a lot

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Drummer Henry Spinetti

Henry Spinetti Henry Spinetti has had a glittering career which shows no sign of slowing down. So far he’s played among others with Joan Armatrading, Eric Clapton, Roger Daltrey, Leo Sayer, Bob Dylan, Joe Egan, Paul McCartney, Procol Harum, Pete Townshend, Cliff Richard and Katie Melua. I happily spoke to Henry (with a

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Drummer Jon Hiseman

Jon Hiseman. Photo James Cumpsty I went over to Jon Hiseman’s place to interview him a few weeks after he’d returned from a lengthy German concert tour and a couple of months after his biography, “Playing The Band” had been published. To begin at the beginning, I picked up from your biography that

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Drummer Nick Mason

Nick Mason You’ll be surprised to know it’s not every day I go to meet anybody who owns a £30,000,000 Ferrari 250 GTO and 40 other ‘serious’ cars, but most people may well be surprised to know he’s a drummer! [The internet can’t make its mind up on this car’s value but it’s

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Mapex Saturn V Tour Edition Drum kit

The new Mapex Saturn V Tour Edition kit was launched at the beginning of 2017. The review kit we were sent was a fairly standard three piece set up in black strata pearl finish. The sizes were a 22/16 kick, 12 by 8 rack tom and a 16 by 16 floor tom, and you can

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Six-Stroke Roll In A Rhythm

Lesson - Nathan Wallington  Hi, I’m Nathan Wallington and welcome to my first lesson on mikedolbear.com.  I often get asked about how you can develop rhythms to make them more interesting and intricate, and today we’re going to look at just that using the classic six-stroke roll. The sticking we’ll be using for the six-stroke

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Lesson – Chris Whitehouse – Fives

Hi guys! Welcome back. This lesson is focussed on a popular five note sticking - RLRLL - and phrased through sixteenth note triplets. In a bar of 4/4 each beat is divided into 6 giving us 24 beats. That means that we have room for 4 cycles of the sticking and leaves us with 4

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Interview with Larry Aberman

Born to a musician mother, Larry Aberman was always surrounded by music but struggled to find an instrument he was passionate about. It wasn’t until his brothers band left a drum kit in the house that he discovered the sticks for himself at the age of ten. The upbringing in this musical household, the environment

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Cherisse Osei – Tour Videos

Cherisse Osei – Tour Videos Percussionist and drummer Cherisse Osei, is currently rehearsing with Simple Minds for their Acoustic European Tour starting in the next few weeks. Being a great friend of the site (a few years back she did a tour diary for us when she was playing with Mika), Cherisse is

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