Tag Archives: Teaching

Barry Keane: Teaching Drums the Way I Wanted to Be Taught

SKF NOTE: Barry Keane is among the most successful drummers I know, with a long career as a studio drummer, and a touring gig with one of the world’s great songwriters, Gordon Lightfoot, that has lasted, so far, over 40 … Continue reading

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Keith Copeland: Latin Drummers to Study

SKF NOTE: This excerpt is Keith Copeland’s expanded answer to my question: Let’s consider somebody who wants to study the great jazz drummers, but so far his only listening/playing experience has been in rock. He has no idea where to … Continue reading

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Audio: Freddie Gruber: Teaching Saved My Life

SKF NOTE: Excerpt #6 from Freddie Gruber’s interview with Scott K Fish circa 1983.

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Freddie Gruber: Criteria for Taking on a New Student

SKF NOTE: Excerpt #5 from my interview with Freddie Gruber circa 1983.

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Give the Student Something Positive to Remember About Drumming

SKF NOTE: Thinking the last few days about my boring first drum teacher. A nearby music store employee, I don’t remember his name, but he and I were sitting in a closet size room with a drum pad. “You need to … Continue reading

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Freddie Gruber: Never Just Go ‘Tap, Tap, Tap.’ Sing!

SKF NOTE: Excerpt #2 from my interview with Freddie Gruber in Buddy Rich’s NYC apartment circa 1983-84. Freddie was speaking about “legitimate” percussionists he’d studied with: Morris Goldenberg, Fred Albright, and Henry Adler. I asked if any of what he learned … Continue reading

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Freddie Gruber: Finding Out How a Drum Student Hears

SKF NOTE: Excerpted from my interview with Freddie Gruber in late 1983 or early 1984. I don’t know how much of this excerpt is in that MD Focus on Teachers interview, but this excerpt differs in one respect. These are … Continue reading

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