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Drumlessonsnmore a drumming blog for drummers and those who love drums. My website offers some basic lessons in a fun way, advice and tips for young drummers. You can read up on the most relevant drumming histories and look-up the wide array of percussion instruments that we use around the world today. Sit back and pick from the best books on musical instruments in the market from my sheet music page, follow percussion news and get your weekly drumming community updates here in the new posts every Friday. If you’re planning to purchase, please look up Drum Shop, and you may ask questions on anything on the contact page which I shall do my best to answer.
Present day trends seem to suggest that, drums play as much a role in overall music production as Alexander Graham Bell’s first analog telephone set plays in the modern office. However, this website will offer you what is most useful to know, and also help you to understand the inner workings of most of those modern electronic beat production Apps we use nowadays and hence bring you up to speed with them.
Apart from taking a conventional approach to training starting drummers, who soon rapidly find their own rhythm, I also use my own publications to help teach.
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The finest artists from all over the world are invited to present and perform at PASIC. The program showcases all areas of percussion, including: drumset, marching, keyboard, symphonic, world, recreational, education, music technology, new music, and health & wellness.
Drum Fest is held on one Sunday every year to encourage families and friends to come out and support their local drumming community. Having spectators is a huge part of what makes Drum Fest a great success. This year Drum Fest will be held on Sunday September 22nd. Events will start promptly at 3pm and continue until the last beat is struck.
Drum Fest is an all ages and skill level event. Last year there were drummers as young as 9 years of age up to 60 years of age! With more than 11 exciting drumming events to compete in, you may want to enter them all. And dont forget, Drum Fest is FREE to enter and FREE to watch!
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The Passing of Nashville Session Drummer, Tommy Wells
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Written by Bart Elliott
Tommy Wells June 18, 1951 – Sept. 24, 2013
An iconic Nashville session drummer, Tommy Wells, died Tuesday night, September 24, from a brain aneurysm; he was 62. Working on a recording project in Indiana, Wells was found in his hotel room — assumed to have suffered from a heart attack or stroke, dying in sleep.
Like many young drummers, Tommy started out banging on pots and pans — then a WWII Rolling Bomber drumset. At age 11, he received his first ‘modern day’ drumset was a Christmas present.
By the time Wells was in high school, he was working professionally with pianist/arranger Bill Kennaugh, Bill Doggett, and saxophonist Candy Johnson.
In 1969, Tommy attended Berklee College of Music in Boston to study with Fred Buda and Alan Dawson. In December of that same year, Tommy returned to Detroit to work as a studio musician at GM Recording, Pampa, United, Golden World, The Funk Factory and Motown, as well as doing recording sessions at studios in L.A., Minneapolis, Miami, New York, Orlando, and Nashville.
Throughout his tenue in Detroit, Tommy performed and recorded with the rock group Dust and rock/R&B horn band,First Gear, featuring Larnelle Harris.
In January 1977, Tommy made the move to Nashville, TN to tour and record with Gene Cotton and American Ace, followed by rock group RPM. What followed was a 35-year career as a full-time studio drummer / session musician.
Tommy Wells performed and/or recorded with the likes of Ricky Van Shelton, Foster and Lloyd, Michael Martin Murphy, Ray Stevens, Don McLean, Gene Cotton, RPM, Jo-el Sonnier, Holly Dunn, The Statler Brothers, Roy Clark, Jonathon Edwards, Jimmy Hall, Charlie Daniels, Poter Wagoner, Lynn Anderson, Charley Pride, Dan Seals, B.J. Thomas, Riders in the Sky and Kathy Mattea, and numerous others.
Besides working with Jimmy Hall and The Prisoners of Love for the past 30 years, Wells was more recently involved with recording and playing with award winning Western Swing artist, Carolyn Martin.
Tommy’s televised appearances include Nashville Now, Music City Tonight, Midnight Special, Carson, Dinah Shore, and was regularly seen on Prime Time Country. Besides other TV credits, Wells can be heard on a long list of commercial jingles from the past three decades.
As an educator, Tommy, along with Nashville legend, Jerry Kroon, taught a class entitled Studio Drummer’s Workshop, with such alumni as Billy Mason, Rich Redmond and Chris Brown.
Tommy Wells is survived by his wife, Carolyn, and son Dylan; funeral services will be private.
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Hannah Ford Vater Drumsticks
At drumstutor students will use a Yamaha rydeen drum kit shown as below:
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What kind of drum kit should I buy? How much money should I spend on my first drum kit? Where can I buy it? These are the most common questions asked by students.
Most of the musical instrument shops in Dhaka will have a locally made drum kit originally from an Indian manufacturer called Bappy. It is available in most of the Indian market and all its neighbouring countries because the drum kits are affordable for all and range approximately from 10,000 to 15,000 Takas only (roughly $200USDs, cheap right?). If you are interested in drums you should go for a strong and durable drum kit. Unless you want to order one by mail and have it shipped over, most of the retailers will be able to order one for you. All expert drummers will advise you to buy a drum kit that starts from a USD 1000$ to USD 2000$ range whether you are purchasing in the United States or from Europe.
Omni Music has a good collection of the Indonesian made Yamaha Rydeen collection like the one shown above and other Yamaha drums. They are called stage-custom kits, and are strong beginner level kits. They are within the 1000$ to 3000$ range, depending on the items and accessories you buy. These are some of the drum kits they have:
A professional kit in the 3000$ range excluding cymbals.
Drum kits typically imported by shops are Pearl and Tama 5-piece kits, usually available with zildjian cymbals, sabian and sometimes paiste.
In spite of declines in the level of popularity enjoyed by traditional musical instruments due to advancements in beat-making software development, drums like Tama and Mapex have somehow managed to remain relevant because of the unique sounds they create.
Tama drums are manufactured by Hoshino Gakki in Japan. Hoshino Gakki started manufacturing these drum sets in 1965, and since then Tama has remained the brand name for their line of drum sets. Even though Tama is a more recent addition to the market, it has already been proved to be very effective drum set and innovative in differentiating their drum sets from the competition.
Innovation in the Tama drums and hardware, such as the floating drum mounting system, called the star cast system, allows the tom toms to resonate more freely and easily. This is possible because the tom tom supports do not intrude into the drum as it helps to hold the drum in place at the upper rim. And precisely because of this reason, a better sound can be produced on the tom toms. Pretty neat indeed! isn’t it! Tama is also well known it’s super heavy duty hardware on its drum sets. They also have some innovations when it comes to cymbal stands and snare stands.
There are several types of tama drums in the market today that include Star classic bubinga elite and EFX, Star classic bubinga/bubinga EFX, Star classic bubinga omni-tune, Star classic maple, and Star classic performer B/B and B/B EFX. These drums are mainly made of wood and not really very difficult to play.
Known for their excellent value, durability and quality, Tama drumsets are used by famous luminaries as Stewart Copeland of The Police and Lars Ulrich of Metallica.
drums is one of the younger drum companies in the industry,which started its operation back in 1989 under the KHS Musical Instrument Company in Taiwan, but have quickly managed to build a reputation for quality sounding drums such as the Mapex Voyager, Horizon, the Mapex Meridian Birch, the Maple, the Saturn and Orion kits.
Some of the striking features of this drum manufacturing company is that its drums are actually handicrafted by hundreds of dedicated employees who skillfully apply their talent and expertise to their craft (hard to believe. isn’t it?), and it produces drums for drummers at all levels of the game. So, while its Mapex Voyager and Horizon lines are targeted more at entry level drummers, they offer the Mapex Meridian Birch and Maple lines for the intermediate drummers Similarly, for the professionals, they have the Saturn and Orion kits.
Today Mapex drums are one of the biggest names in drums manufacturing world. With your Mapex drum set, be it mapex voyager, mapex horizon or mapex meridian, your talents and personality will be faithfully delivered to your audience, whether you’re playing to a crowd of five or fifty thousands.
Mapex, is now easily available in Asia. Some of the more impressive models of Mapex Drums are:
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