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My Drum Lesson with Fred Gruber (1982)

SKF NOTE: Yesterday, while searching through a stack of my interview transcripts, I came upon this transcript from a long interview I did with Fred Gruber for Modern Drummer in 1982. We were sitting at the kitchen table in Buddy … Continue reading

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Life Lesson – Warped Drum Sticks

SKF NOTE: He always seemed bored. Customers milled about the music store, excited to see actual music equipment they knew only from seeing their favorite bands on tv, or from magazine or newspaper advertisements. Real Kustom amps covered in red, … Continue reading

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A Most Difficult Thing to Do

SKF NOTE: Playing straight time well, with good tone and feeling is good advice for drummers too. Donald Byrd once said, “After all these years of playing, I’ve come to the conclusion that one of the most difficult things to … Continue reading

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Was Morello Faster Than Buddy?

SKF NOTE: A DrumForum.org thread started in April 2010 is generating new interest. The original post subject line is: Was Morello Faster Than Buddy Rich? I was reminded of four blog posts posted here in 2014 with Joe Morello talking … Continue reading

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A Drummer’s One Unique Idea

SKF NOTE: One of the first instructions to new drum students from teachers is: “Here’s how to hold the sticks.” Once upon a time “how to hold the sticks” meant traditional grip. I suspect matched grip has caught up with … Continue reading

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