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Neil Peart on the pursuit of excellence (DrumExpo 2014)

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Neil Peart on the pursuit of excellence (DrumExpo 2014)

Ever wondered what drives one of the greatest rock drummers of all time?  What keeps such a successful musician like Neil Peart motivated and pushing for excellence? As it turns out, it’s about always being a student of the craft.

“In 2007 I studied with Peter Erskine because I was doing a Buddy Rich tribute concert and I wanted to take my big band drumming up a level. I went over to Peter’s house with my sticks, feeling like a 13-year-old again. I was going in there to the master and I told him at the time, ‘As far as I’m concerned you’re a surgeon and I’m a butcher.’

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Music Education Helps Flourish the Brains of Children

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Music Education Helps Flourish the Brains of Children

It’s interesting how science is continuing to prove how music is a great benefit to our mental state.

According to The Journal of Neuroscience, “Children who completed 2 years of music education had a stronger brain mechanism linked to reading and language skills.” Children who are given music lessons have a better advantage to learn more quickly than their peers.

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Drummer Talk 228 – Playing Authentically

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Drummer Talk 228 – Playing Authentically

Troy unpacks what it really means to play “authentically” on today’s show. In the news, we discuss Tama’s new Silverstar drums, why a band in NJ did to get busted by the cops, AC/DC’s new record, the last mention of the Dave Lombardo saga, and what’s next for Radiohead.

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Bernard Purdie on recording with James Brown and others during his 50-year career.

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Bernard Purdie on recording with James Brown and others during his 50-year career.

In a recent interview with delawareonline.com, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, the world’s most recorded drummer, opened up about recording with the Godfather of Soul, James Brown.

He was a pain. P-a-i-n. But he knew what he wanted. He was very, very demanding. Basically, you take orders. Take them well. Shut up. And then leave

That’s some strong language coming from one of the nicest drummers on the planet!

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Drummer Talk 227 – 5 Tips for Getting Gigs That Have Nothing to Do with Chops!

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Drummer Talk 227 – 5 Tips for Getting Gigs That Have Nothing to Do with Chops!

On today’s episode, Dave and Troy discuss 5 tips for getting gigs that have nothing to do with chops.

We also answer a listener question about soundproofing, and hear from one of those “Supra” guys!

In the news, we check in on Benny Greb’s fundraiser, discuss a world record attempt, discover who’s filling in for Joey Kramer, listen to a crazy mash-up of drumming and throat singing, and look at the top five Dave Grohl beats.

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Drummer Talk 223 – The Art of Sitting In

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Drummer Talk 223 – The Art of Sitting In

It’s a special Saturday show today as Dave and Troy discuss the art of sitting in as well as unveil brand new ways you can help support Drummer Talk! In news, we discuss the 26th annual Guitar Center Drum-Off, Chad Channing’s plan for a Nirvana reunion, the Bonham memorial, and we pay tribute to the late Idris Muhammad.

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