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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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Drummer Talk 231 – How to Ease the Pain of Loading In and Setting Up

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Drummer Talk 231 – How to Ease the Pain of Loading In and Setting Up

On today’s episode, Dave and Troy discuss tips on how you can make your load in and set up as painless as possible. In the news, we chat about the 11 things that are more important than talent, a latest top 10 drummers list, Ringo’s new digs, and the latest on the Bun E. Carlos/Cheap Trick lawsuit. Plus, we taste test Joey Kramer’s Rockin’ and Roastin’ coffee!

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