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Fred Below: I’m Thinking Melodically All the Time

SKF NOTE: Fred Below had been an inspiration to me for many years. I was surprised, because it was not typical of blues drummers, to hear Fred Below outline his extensive musical background and his influence in shaping the forms … Continue reading

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Teena Lyle: Genderless Hands

SKF NOTE: Great advice from percussionist Teena Lyle, now on her third tour with Van Morrison. #WCW: Van Morrison’s Touring Percussionist Teena Lyle December 5, 2018 Q. Any advice for girls contemplating getting started and making it in this arena? … Continue reading

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Taking a Chance on Fish

Taking a chance on Fish Scott K. Fish, Special to the Piscataquis Observer • November 30, 2018 Looking back almost 40 years I can’t imagine not crossing paths with Ron Spagnardi, founder and publisher of Modern Drummer magazine. We were … Continue reading

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Barry Keane — Studio Drumming in Toronto 1981

SKF NOTE: Modern Drummer’s first decade was a time for discovery. Never before in my lifetime, and I think the same is true of most MD readers, had we so much indepth access to great drummers. And pro drummers never … Continue reading

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Imprisoned by Ding-Dinga-Ding-Dinga

SKF NOTE: Ed Soph’s video clip above brought back my long, long struggle with the ding-dinga-ding-dinga ride cymbal beat. Soph demonstrates that beat and then says, “We all know that a ride pattern is not this, even though there are … Continue reading

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Neil Peart: A Musician is a Guy Who Gets Up in the Morning and Goes to Work

SKF NOTE: Here’s the back story for this interview excerpt. I remember the room Neil, Claudia Fish, and I were in for this interview. But I can’t connect it to a place (New York City?) or to the published interview. … Continue reading

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The Strange 1972 TV Appearance of Buddy Rich

SKF NOTE: Starting with the album cover, continuing with the opening sound of Buddy Rich’s sticks on his hi-hat cymbal bell(s) on Side 1 Track 1’s “Space Shuttle,” Buddy’s 1972 “Stick It” album is excellent. I bought the album when … Continue reading

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