Tag Archives: Louie Bellson

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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Louie Bellson: The Finger Method of Drumming

SKF NOTE: I found this incomplete column posted awhile ago on The Great Drummers Group Facebook page. When I went back weeks later to find it again so I could credit the original poster, I could not find it. If … Continue reading

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My Drum Lesson with Max Collie & the Rhythm Aces

I lived in Davenport, Iowa from 1971-73, earning a living drumming and singing with the Millard Cowan Trio, first at the Holiday Inn in Bettendorf, Iowa, and later, at Millard’s own Davenport club, The Steamboat Lounge. Davenport hosts the annual … Continue reading

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Joe Morello on Buddy Rich Part 3

SKF NOTE: Revisiting the transcript of my early 1980’s interview with Joe Morello. Joe Morello said things about Buddy Rich which were new to me. Joe’s remarks were instructive and/or funny. I am posting the remarks separately, by subject. Here … Continue reading

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Joe Morello on Buddy Rich Part 1

SKF NOTE: Revisiting the transcript of my 1979 interview with Joe Morello today. Five or six times Joe Morello said some things about Buddy Rich which were new to me. I also found Joe’s remarks instructive and/or funny. So, I … Continue reading

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Harvey Siders: Long Drum Solos Bore Me

SKF NOTE: Here I’ve excerpted remarks about drum solos from a 1973 roundtable discussion Down Beat Contributing Editor Harvey Siders had with five drummers: Willie Bobo, Louie Bellson, Larry Bunker, Shelly Manne, and Donald Bailey. None of these wonderful players … Continue reading

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