Monthly Archives: January 2016

Fred Below: They Didn’t Teach Blues Music in School

SKF NOTE: This is another in my series of Modern Drummer backgrounder interviews. I wrote on the transcript that I edited this interview on June 11, 1981 for use in the Blues Drummers segment of my History of Rock Drumming. … Continue reading

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What Makes a Music Journalist Good?

SKF NOTE: Getting to know, to work with, great freelance writers and photographers was a favorite part of my work at Modern Drummer. As Managing Editor I was MD‘s chief liaison for work assignments with freelance writers and photographers. Last … Continue reading

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Hal Blaine: Spector Sessions Were Agony, Ecstasy and Magic

SKF NOTE: This Hal Blaine interview is another of my backgrounder interviews for my History of Rock Drumming feature series for Modern Drummer in the early 1980s. This interview is published here for the first time. All of these interviews can … Continue reading

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Jimi Hendrix Guitar String Ad 1968

SKF NOTE: Is it hard to believe in 2016 that guitar legend Jimi Hendrix was once almost an afterthought for a guitar string company? This tiny ad is from the September 5, 1968 Down Beat magazine. — end —

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The Mystery of Dave Tough’s Drum Pad

SKF NOTE: Life Beyond the Cymbals reader, John, wrote asking about “the tin can” in Dave Tough’s drum pad. “I wanted to ask about his practice pad. What’s with the soup can? Was to add resonance or some kind of … Continue reading

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Tony Williams: Little Short of Numbing

SKF NOTE: Leonard Feather give Kenny Dorham’s classic Una Mas album four of five stars in the March 12, 1964 Down Beat. “Young [Tony] Williams,” Mr. Feather writes, “has a dynamic strength and flowing beat that are, coming from one his … Continue reading

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Ed Shaughnessy: The Buddy Rich ‘Old Whip Cream Roll’

SKF NOTE: Yesterday I was using YouTube to find how-to videos for playing press rolls. I came across this Ed Shaughnessy lesson — which is great on a couple of levels. Thank you to the person who uploaded this video … Continue reading

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