If Ever Again I Have Drum Students

SKF NOTE: If ever again I have drum students I know what I will do. At least in part.

Each lesson will end with me handing the student personally selected music. It might be one of Little Walter‘s Chess records, Count Basie Live at Birdland, Taj Mahal’s The Natch’l Blues or Max Roach’s Drums Unlimited.

Sometimes the personally selected music will have no drummers. Andres Segovia. Bill Evans.

Sometimes the personally selected music will include Latin percussion, like Patato, Conga Kings, and Jerry Gonzalez.

And sometimes the personally selected music will include electronics like Bill Laswell and Jeff Oster.

What all the personally selected music will have in common?

1. It is worth listening to.

2. I will give it to the student with no comment other than, “Here. Listen to this before your next lesson. We can talk about it then.”

scottkfish_drumsticks3. At the next lesson if the student wants to talk about what he or she has heard – we’ll do that. If they don’t want to talk about it – that’s fine.

Of course, I will like it if every student loves every piece of personally selected music I give them. But when a student says, “That was awful”? That’s okay. If they hate it today — who is to say they won’t love it up the road?

The most important part of the lesson is: the student will have heard lots of music he or she probably will never hear anywhere else.

If ever again I have drum students.

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