One of the things I’m most excited about having worked on in 2016 is my teaching work. This year I filmed training videos for the Songs for Seeds franchise and created the new Latin Ensemble and Latin Jam at Hoboken’s Drum Den. In 2017, I hope to build on these programs and continue to inspire my students and peers alike.
On a more somber note, we lost so many pillars of our musical community in 2016, including two of my musical idols, David Bowie and Prince. I want to take a moment to remember those who have passed and to acknowledge that we who attempt to follow in their footsteps have gained so much from their contributions.
Here’s to 2017. May it bring joy, laughter, and much music.
A little while back, I did a session for producer Jim Bond of KicksandSnares.com. While the tracks are still being mixed and mastered for his site, I thought I’d finally put some of the tracks together into a little preview.
After two years with our noses to the grind stone, Music School Online is a real thing! The site is online and open to the public. We have over 400 tutorials (including a few by yours truly) on guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, voice, and even a full music theory course. Please check out the site and use our 14-day free trial or sign up for a monthly membership for as little as $9.99/month. Tell your friends!
If you haven’t yet picked up Modern Drummer‘s February issue, get to your local news stand now! “Why?” you ask. Because yours truly has his first-ever published review in the magazine. Originally written as a companion to Dylan‘s cajon review last month, the review focuses on DG DeGregorio‘s educational materials on cajon technique and repertoire as taught by master percussionists Marco Fadda and Paquito Gonzalez.
This fall, Dylan and I had the pleasure of product-testing four DeGregorio cajons. Dylan wrote a review of them for Modern Drummer, and we made a video demonstrating their sound. I was mentioned in the review and got to contribute my own cajon playing to the music for the video. It is pretty clear that we liked these cajons because by the end of the process each of us had one of our own. I really love my job!
Pick up the December issue of Modern Drummer to read the full review, and watch the video below.