Why Every Drummer Should Study the Past
I never dreamed that I would have as many students as I do these days. And I couldn’t love it more. But there are times when you get the same question over and over. Anytime this happens it lets me know that I need to address it in a more general and public way. One of the questions I get all of the time goes something like this: “Why do I need to learn all of these old songs?” For starters, watch this short lesson and download the sheet music. This music was made 30 years ago. And it still blows my mind every time I hear the songs.
I have always put a stress and emphasis on learning the history of this instrument. Where it came from, how it’s evolved, and the player’s that came before us. That involves learning a lot of older music in a variety of genres. Classic rock, early jazz, blues. I simply don’t care what kind of music it is. I just want to know one thing when I’m listening to it…why? Why did that drummer approach the song the way they did? Who were their influences? Who did they influence after them?
Bottom line…we don’t learn classic rock songs to feel old. We learn them so that when we can digest the fantastic drummers that came before us.
I recently went to The Nashville Drum Show with a buddy of mine. We had a great time. And we got to attend a clinic by Bun E. Carlos (Cheap Trick). His whole clinic was like a history lesson on early rock drumming. What particular drummer’s did, why they did it, and how he incorporated it into his playing to help form the parts for the mega hits he helped make with Cheap Trick. He could only do what he did on those recordings because of the history he knew.
So the next time you hear a classic rock song, don’t tune it out. Turn it up. And LISTEN!
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October 1st @ 11:30 am – #106 The Flam – All Levels
October 2nd @ 1:00 pm – #108 Flamming It Up Pt.1 – Intermediate
October 2nd @ 5:00 pm – #480 Mozambique Bell Pattern #3 – Intermediate
October 7th @ 10:00 am – #109 Flamming It Up Pt.2 – Advanced
October 8th @ 11:30 am – #481 Funk Workout #2 – Intermediate
October 9th @ 1:00 pm – #107 Flam with the Rhythmic Scale – All Levels
October 9th @ 5:00 pm – #482 Funk Workout #3 – Intermediate
October 14th @ 10:00 am – #483 Moveable Parts Study 1 – Beginner
October 14th @ 8:00 pm – #484 The Role of a Drummer in a Rehearsal – All Levels
October 14th @ 8:30 pm – Student Reviews
October 15th @ 11:30 am – #485 Mozambique: Adding the Feet – Intermediate
October 16th @ 1:00 pm – #486 Moveable Parts Study 2 – Intermediate
October 16th @ 5:00 pm – #487 Hi-Hat Foot Workout – All Levels
October 21st @ 10:00 am – #488 3 Camps Breakdown – Beginner
October 21st @ 8:00 pm – #489 Hand & Foot Timing Studies 3 – All Levels
October 21st @ 8:30 pm – Student Reviews
October 22nd @ 11:30 am – #490 3 Camps on the Drumset – Beginner
October 23rd @ 1:00 pm – #491 Counting Basic Subdivisions – All Levels
October 23rd @ 5:00 pm – #492 Moveable Parts Study 3 – Advanced
October 28th @ 10:00 am – #493 Mozambique: Full Groove – Advanced
October 28th @ 8:00 pm – #494 “Teen Spirit” Nirvana
October 28th @ 8:30 pm – Student Reviews