Monthly Archives: October 2014

Mel Lewis on Calf Skin Drum Heads

Mel Lewis on Calf Skin Drum Heads SKF NOTE: This is from an interview with Mel Lewis in his New York City apartment on September 8, 1977. An edited version appeared as Mel’s first Modern Drummer feature interview. Mel, a … Continue reading

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Freddie Gruber: How A Drum Student Hears Pt. 2

I posted Part 1 of my exchange with Freddie Gruber here. During our interview, however, I stopped our hypothetical conversation and asked Freddie to use me as a real-life example. So this second part of our interview began after Freddie … Continue reading

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Technology Helps Aspiring Visually Impaired Musicians

New program aids visually impaired drummer Hannah Sparling, hsparling@newarkadvocate.com NEWARK – Before, 13-year-old Josh Shady had to tote around binders full of large-print music. If a song fit on one page for his classmates, Josh, who is visually impaired, would … Continue reading

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Freddie Gruber: Finding Out How a Drum Student Hears

SKF NOTE: Excerpted from my interview with Freddie Gruber in late 1983 or early 1984. I don’t know how much of this excerpt is in that MD Focus on Teachers interview, but this excerpt differs in one respect. These are … Continue reading

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Alan Dawson: My Best Drum Set

SKF NOTE: This exchange is from my interview with Alan Dawson for Modern Drummer’s January 1986 10th Anniversary Issue. Our interview covered much more ground than I could use in the MD piece. It’s fun to be able to share … Continue reading

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