Monthly Archives: May 2017

Artimus Pyle: Copying Other Drummers’ Licks is the Hardest

SKF NOTE: In this excerpt from Artimus Pyle’s June 23, 1982 interview for Modern Drummer, Artimus talks about how hard it was having to learn Bob Burns‘s Lynyrd Skynyrd drum parts note for note. But it was also helpful. The … Continue reading

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Buddy Rich Taking Care to Be Even More Precise (1978)

SKF NOTE: A March 28, 1978 Down Beat news item capturing one reporter’s eyewitness (and earwitness) account of Buddy Rich and his band at NYC’s The Bottom Line. Buddy packed the place with “patrons…young and old, …mostly drummers. “And Rich … Continue reading

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Frankie Dunlop: Playing With Monk Was The Greatest Challenge Of My Melodic Drumming

SKF NOTE: This excerpt begins right where my earlier excerpt, Frankie Dunlop: Monk’s Lesson on Slow vs Fast Playing, ends. Here Frankie talks more about developing his melodic drumming with Monk. This segment ends with Frankie citing his greatest drumming … Continue reading

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Dave Getz: We Were Like a Punk Band

SKF NOTE: When my neighbor, Ed Matthews, told me Columbia Records was breaking up Big Brother and the Holding Company, and putting singer Janis Joplin in front of a horn band — I was visibly and vocally disappointed. Mr. Mathews … Continue reading

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Hal Blaine’s ‘Staying In Tune’ Unplugged

SKF NOTE: Boy, finding a stack of Hal Blaine‘s replies for his Modern Drummer “Staying In Tune” column brings back memories. I’m posting one page of Hal’s replies here. From strictly an editing perspective Hal’s typed replies meant lots of work. … Continue reading

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Haskell W. Harr’s Letter: I Am Like Father Time (1983)

SKF NOTE: Haskell W. Harr is one of the renowned historical drum instructors. At age 89, Mr. Harr wrote this letter to Modern Drummer to thank us for publishing a story about him and his legacy to drumming. Mr. Harr, as … Continue reading

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The Worst That Can Be Said About a Musician

SKF NOTE: “The rhythm section, as a section, was unrecognizable to me.” That was part of Cannonball Adderley‘s response to Down Beat columnist Leonard Feather during  November 2, 1967 Down Beat “Blindfold Test.” A montly Down Beat tradition, Mr. Feather would … Continue reading

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