Tag Archives: Hal Blaine

Hal Blaine: Drum Fills Come From Within

SKF NOTE: Hal Blaine’s thoughts on drum fills. From a Hal Blaine letter written about 35-years ago. Good advice that still holds true. Fills…come from within. Somehow the [brain] puts it all together. It takes the song you’re working on, … 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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Armin Steiner: Recording Motown in L.A.

SKF NOTE: My Carol Kaye transcript, and other of my backgrounder interviews, prompted questioning from some readers about West coast musicians recording early Motown records. Several musicians and other music industry people told me some (many?) of those Motown recordings … Continue reading

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Carol Kaye: I Never Really Wanted to Do Studio Work

SKF NOTE: In the early 1980s, when I spoke with musician Carol Kaye, I felt incredibly fortunate. I still feel that way. I was working to put together a history of rock drummers that, at times, was tough to piece … Continue reading

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Hal Blaine: Spector Sessions Were Agony, Ecstasy and Magic

SKF NOTE: This Hal Blaine interview is another of my backgrounder interviews for my History of Rock Drumming feature series for Modern Drummer in the early 1980s. This interview is published here for the first time. All of these interviews can … Continue reading

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Hal Blaine: You Gotta Watch, Learn, Listen

SKF NOTE: Hal Blaine was a great friend to Modern Drummer magazine while I was on staff. It would not surprise me to know Hal is still a great friend to MD. In the early 1980’s, when I was writing The History … Continue reading

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Sharkey Hall: Third Man on Call in the Studios

SKF NOTE: This short interview with Ed Sharkey Hall is another of background info gathering session for my History of Rock Drumming series. Read my first posting of background info for the series. I wouldn’t swear to it in a … Continue reading

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