Tag Archives: Buddy Rich

Buddy Rich: Navigating Strange Drumsets

SKF NOTE: Following up a clip posted where guitarist Les Paul is telling a club audience of the time Buddy Rich told Les he, Buddy, was going to get a guitar, become a folksinger, and give up drums. Here’s another … Continue reading

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Beyond Traditional Grip

SKF NOTE: I grew up believing traditional grip was the gold standard of drumset players. There was a best way, if not the right way, for drummers to hold drumsticks: traditional grip. Traditional grip functioned like a fine-tuned machine. Not … Continue reading

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Buddy Rich – Folk Singer?

SKF NOTE: I knew there was a time in Buddy Rich’s life when he stopped playing drums, and tried to make it as a singer and dancer. But listening just now to Les Paul tell a story of Buddy Rich … Continue reading

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Between Beginner and Buddy Rich

SKF NOTE: This 1958 photo of Chico Hamilton brings back memories of a turning point in my learning to be a jazz drummer. The first two jazz drummers I noticed, who really grabbed my attention, were Gene Krupa and Buddy … Continue reading

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Peart’s ‘Big Lesson’ About Understanding Jazz Drumming

SKF NOTE: Neil Peart‘s travelogues — books written about his travels touring with and without Rush — are always good reading. Neil writes well, and his travel books’ format are such that each chapter holds up on its own. When … Continue reading

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Drum Photos as Drum Lessons

SKF NOTE: A great 1968 photo of Buddy Rich. I’ve said it before, but photos like this one were drum lessons in themselves. Especially pre-internet and when opportunities to see Buddy and other great drummers live or on tv were … Continue reading

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Buddy Rich: A Great Psychologist Who Knew How to Inspire People

SKF NOTE: One more reflection on Buddy Rich from a musician who knew and worked with Buddy. Thank you, Charles Owens. Buddy Rich: “I was mystified by Buddy’s drum technique. He could play a 9-stroke roll on his snare drum … Continue reading

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