Category Archives: SKF Blog

Freddie Gruber on Record

SKF NOTE: The late drummer Freddie Gruber is known by many drummers, including me, as an exemplary teacher. Other drummers, however, say Freddie is full of hot air, a charlatan, who has somehow put a spell on Neil Peart, Buddy … Continue reading

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New Pics of Frankie Dunlop with Monk

SKF NOTE: Antoine Sanfuentes recently posted on his Facebook page some cool pictures of Frankie Dunlop onstage at The Five Spot with Thelonious Monk. Here’s one of the batch. This morning I’m unable to find the rest, but I’ll keep … Continue reading

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How Freddie Gruber Helped Me

SKF NOTE: I’ve mentioned before in my writings that Freddie Gruber, when I interviewed him, helped me overcome a bad drumming habit I had developed. A few people have asked me to talk about how Freddie helped me. I’ll do … Continue reading

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Haunted for 52 Years by NRBQ

SKF NOTE: How some music sticks with me, even when I’ve not heard it in decades, I find curious. Two days ago I bought the digital format of NRBQ’s first album. I owned a vinyl copy of the album when … Continue reading

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Yo-Yo Ma – Several Different Ways to Practice

Life’s Work: An Interview with Yo-Yo Maby Alison BeardFrom the Harvard Business Review Magazine (June 2016) Q. Did that involve a lot of practice on top of your natural talent? Yo-Yo Ma. What allowed me to practice very little was … Continue reading

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