Talk for 2 minutes about sheep farming… GO!

BEFORE YOU READ THIS ARTICLE… If you want to get the most out of this article, and you’re alone, then actually time yourself and try to talk about sheep farming for 2 minutes as if an audience of people were in front of you.  Your aim is to keep them entertained and keep going without stumbling too much, getting stuck or giving up.  It doesn’t have to be accurate, just give it your best shot… ready - GO! That’s what it’s like being in the middle of a song when the band leader Read more [...]

Lessons from the road…

I've been recording every gig on this tour and listening to the recording on the journey to the next gig. I always find that when I'm disciplined enough to do this regularly I learn a lot about how I can improve my playing.  While you're actually playing the gig there are so many things to think about and it's very difficult to know if how it feels or sounds in your head is how it feels and sounds to the audience.  Recording the gig is a great way to know... I want to talk about three particular Read more [...]

Play like John Bonham!

Out of the thousands of drummers that have graced the earth there are only a few with a sound so distinctive that you can recognise them instantly. Out of those few you can probably count on one hand the ones that non-drummers will have heard of. We're pretty much talking Ringo, Keith Moon, Phil Collins, Stewart Copland and John Bonham.All the rest of them are drummer's drummers. I love Vinnie Coliuta, Dave Weckl, Omar Hakim, etc. etc. but they're pretty much outside the radar of non-drummers. Read more [...]