So proud to have been featured
on the cover of Drums Etc!
A true master would never call themselves a master, but rather an eternal student of the instrument. This is why I feel it’s important to always be studying,
learning, and taking lessons to learn a new aspect of the craft and add to our personal expression on the instrument. I have taken piano lessons for many years for this reason, as learning another instrument can help your drumming by working on your ear and widening your listening skills. Bass guitar, singing, dancing, martial arts etc., any lessons in these areas will improve your drumming! (Many years ago, I had fun taking 7 months of tap dancing lessons for this reason).
I am currently studying Indian rhythms on the Tabla. The Indian rhythmic tradition goes back many hundreds of years and has much to offer and to be applied on the drumset. This is just starting to be tapped into by various drummers much like Cuban rhythms were being applied to the drumset in the 1940’s and 50’s.
I believe it’s also important to work on yourself as a person just as much as working on the instrument itself; ‘The Kind Of Person You Are, Is The Kind Of Artist You Will Be’. Billy Cobham has said to ‘Think of the Drums as a Character Mirror’. Who you are as a person will come out on the instrument, and shape the stories you tell on the drums.
HERE ARE MY MAIN TEACHERS AND MENTORS:
INDIAN RHYTHMS / TABLA
Studying the Tabla and the spoken rhythms has had a profound effect on my playing, phrasing, rhythmic sense, memory, rhythmic vocabulary, and also on myself as a person, which is the tradition of teaching in this culture. I recommend checking out this area of drum history to any student of the drumset!
I had the opportunity to study with Jim for a few years, and this had a huge impact on me, not only as a drummer but as a person. (Ask any of Jim’s past
students to hear this same thing).
He is the Yoda of drum teachers! In my time with Jim, I started to see the incredible depth that the drumset has in the tonal qualities of the drums and cymbals, the ability to leave space, and swing time pulse which is the backbone of any groove. I am always indebted to Jim for this.
Having lessons with Jim was life changing! Jim revolutionized my technique and concept of it, and I was honored to have the opportunity to learn the Moeller technique from him. This opened the doors to Speed, Control, Power, and Endurance. Also, Jim was a link to the history of the instrument itself, and I will always remember his incredible stories!
Check out Jim’s CD ‘Songs, Stories, and Solos’ the hear some of these:
Dom has been my mentor for many years now. I admire his passion, intensity, communication, and of course his amazing drumming!
Dom gave me a solid foundation in my drumming in which to build a lifetime of ‘Relaxed Intensity’ to give to my instrument. He also taught me that ‘The Kind Of Person You Are Is The Kind Of Drummer You Will Be’, so work equally on yourself as a person as you do on your drumming.