I know the feeling, when one of my favorite podcasts goes off the air for a few weeks...
Kevin Pereira. Tucker Max. TMBA. David Choe. Rational Funk. (Ok, that's youtube...)
Sure - I went to Asia again. Sure, I was busy. But that's no excuse.
Those guys were like an anchor for my week. Wednesday, there'd be DVDASA. Thursday, TMBA. And I want to be like that for you guys.
Anyway, let me just get this out of the way: unlike Choe (please bro), I'll always make time for you guys. Unless there comes a good reason for me to "hang it up". If that ever happens, I won't just disappear without a word, like Choe did. I'll let you know.
Until then, you can count on the lessons-of-the-week. Weekly, I hope. But I'd rather take a week-or-two off and still be able to shoot lessons than burn out and have none.
Anyway, if you're wondering what I've been up to all this time (and if you follow me on instagram you haven't had to wonder), I've been shedding my tail off. I'm scared. NAMM, and the BDK clinic is just around the corner.
I think I'll be cool...
Track-or-no, just playing, or talking and playing. The looming deadline usually inspires me to get in the game. But I have been shedding.
Oh - this week's lesson: it's a short one I shot in Japan. I've been experimenting a lot lately with the hat/tom crossover stuff, and feel like I'm starting to see the matrix.
Not unrelated, one thing I may speak about at DBK is Nick Smith, Justin Tyson, and the evolution of the "meta-phrase".
Here's why that's relevant: in today's lesson, I took one basic shape, and orchestrated it. Then I changed with the phrase length to make both 5-beat, and 6-beat cycles. You can play those with, or against a meter (e.g. the 5-note cycle against 6).
I was thinking I might deconstruct just 1-2 phrases Nick played over The Rise in 2015 at DBK, then show how you can start with a stupid-simple sticking and apply the same concept.
...if I get my act together. Either way, I promise it will be worthwhile!
Who's planning to be in LA for NAMM week in '17? Shout at me!
Back next week. OOH PS - I'm relaunching the course next week!! (no big deal, just your drum future!)
Talk soon, my dudes.