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Bill Bruford

We recently caught up with Bill Bruford and threw a few interesting questions his way. What resulted was a facinating look into the mind of a British Drumming legend! What''s the job of a drummer in a band? Well it depends on the band and what it wants to do. At the basic level its

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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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Nicko McBrain

The Mighty Nicko McBrain Early in 1981, a youthful and acned Mike Ellis arrived at a north Wales venue to be greeted by a monstrous Sonor kit already set up on stage and realised his diminutive Ludwig 4 piece Super Classic was going to be convincingly dwarfed during the opening set. After setting

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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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Interview with Ian Matthews, Kasabian

“Rock compares to jazz like killing someone with a baseball bat vs. putting a pillow over their mouth”. Ian Matthews has both ways down like few others. Coming from a jazz background he swapped the thin sticks for some proper wood and has been the power house behind British Indie Rock band Kasabian for the

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Brian Downey

Brian Downey, London, March 2007 There’s little doubt that Thin Lizzy had an enormous impact on the world during the 1970’s and 1980’s and few rock aficionados could have failed to have been impressed with the drumming therein courtesy of Dublin drum legend, Brian Downey. The day after storms tore across England in

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New lightweight line in Samba drums hits U.K. shores

Percussion specialists Soar Valley Music are pleased to introduce the latest range of Brazilian Samba drums into the U.K. – the ‘Light’ series from the manufacturers of the renowned Contemporânea brand of drums.   Popular with music classrooms and community Samba bands alike, Contemporânea Samba drums have a reputation for quality and sturdiness; essential for

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