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Glenn Kotche’s Top 5 Tips for Drummers (Music Radar)

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Glenn Kotche’s Top 5 Tips for Drummers (Music Radar)

Music Radar recently sat down with Wilco’s very own Glenn Kotche and discussed his top 5 tips for drummers.

5. Be someone who other’s want to work and play with.

“There are so many amazing and interesting drummers out there who either don’t work or don’t work nearly as much as they should just because they’re either a pain, a downer or just a head-case.:

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Drummer Talk Play-Along 3 – Egg Nog (93 BPM)

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Drummer Talk Play-Along 3 – Egg Nog (93 BPM)

The first Tuesday of every month, we’ll be bringing you a new, original play-along track for your playing and practice enjoyment. Each track features a high-quality, stereo mix minus drums.

We get into the holiday spirit with December’s Play-Along, a cool, R&B flavored track that should be enjoyed next to the fireplace with a tall glass of your favorite egg nog. Remember to keep it funky, but make sure to leave room for the percussion.

We’d love to hear your performances and we’ll even feature them on the podcast! Simply upload them to Soundcloud or Youtube and send us a link via Twitter, Facebook, or at drummertalk.org.

Peter Erskine’s take on ‘Whiplash’

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Peter Erskine’s take on ‘Whiplash’

We’ve chatted a lot about the new movie, Whiplash, here at Drummer Talk and how it paints a somewhat terrifying view of intense music programs. We’ve even discussed its realism, but when Peter Erskine chimes in on the subject, we’re going to pay extra close attention.

I’m disappointed that any viewer of the film will not see the joy of music-making that’s almost always a part of large-ensemble rehearsals and performances. Musicians make music because they LOVE music. None of that is really apparent in the film, in my opinion.

Also: if someone wants to test my ability to play a tempo: give me 4 beats, not just two — YOU don’t even know the tempo with that kind of a count-off, Mr. Band Director.

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Drummer Talk Play-Along 2 – Chunky Salad (95 BPM)

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Drummer Talk Play-Along 2 – Chunky Salad (95 BPM)

The first Tuesday of every month, we’ll be bringing you a new, original play-along track for your playing and practice enjoyment. Each track features a high-quality, stereo mix minus drums.

This month’s Play-Along is a salad bowl of influences and instruments! From chunky guitars to marimba to pizzicato strings! Be on the watch out for the tempo slowdown (ritardando) at the end of the “B” section.

We’d love to hear your performances and we’ll even feature them on the podcast! Simply upload them to Soundcloud or Youtube and send us a link via Twitter, Facebook, or at drummertalk.org.

Drummer Talk 232 – Tips and Exercises for Faster Hands

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Drummer Talk 232 – Tips and Exercises for Faster Hands

We discuss some tips and exercises for helping to increase hand speed.  In the news, we talk about the Drummers Journal contest, Chad Smith’s advice to Katy Perry, Larry Mullen Jr’s  accounting snafu, how Lars was almost fired form Metallica, Tré Cool’s nuptials, and what it was like for Phil Collins to become a front man.

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