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Author: Gary Benson
Resources during Corona Virus: New NAMM Foundation Webinar: Making Music Online – How-To’s for Private and Group Lessons: The one-hour webinar presented by The NAMM Foundation invites educators to, “discover online group lessons and therapeutic music-making for children and adults, and business models to move in-store music lessons online to keep students connected and making music.
Benson Music Shop now carries sE Electronics microphones. Our best seller is the V Pack Drum Mic Kits – Available for Arena, Venue and Club Kits. sE Electronics is a family owned business. Check out this video on how they craft their microphones.
Does KickStrap work? Check out this review of Kickstrap for drummers. Drum sliding problems? Hi hat sliding? Auxiliary pedal or double bass pedal sliding? Stop the creep with KickStrap from drums. Check out this review of KickStrap.
…after I was a little older and focused enough to always remember my carpet I found that with my vintage Slingerland drum kit the kick drum spurs were thin and didn’t do a great job at holding my kick drums.
I don’t know why we think that’s the approach. That made me think, I had this girl come in, years ago, back in Dallas, and I sat her down at a pad and I knew at the end of the lesson she was never going to come back. I wasn’t sure if she would even keep playing drums! I showed her some paradiddles and it defeated her. All she wanted to do, I think, was to play some kind of an AC/DC song or something.
The backbone of this started with you two getting this vision together and then you decided, okay, we’re going to make a studio that we can get some great sound out of. First thing is we have to build a drum booth that is amazing. And Gary brought in his equipment that he had already bought.
I’m here with Andy Graham, an amazing musician, inventor, and performer from Northern California. He is known for his World fusion solo performances where he plays drums while playing the aboriginal didgeridoo using a special rack system he invented himself. I first met Andy at a drumming class where the teacher asked him to come in as a guest artist and play his didgeridoo. I was stunned at his abilities. I’ve since become friends with Andy and have followed his music and inventions throughout several years. He holds several patents a new electric percussion instrument called the Slapstick (aka:Slaperoo). He has recently invented the Green Machine, a cocktail drum kit with a working hi-hat. I’m very excited to talk with Andy Graham, find out the latest and also hope to glean some insight from his inventive and musical mind.
Nick Hayes is a professional touring drummer with the Eric Gales Band. Nick’s drumming career started at a young age when drumming gravitated to him as opposed to him gravitating to the drums. Nick has a keen ability to take life as it comes and keep an open heart to learning. He notices the subtle aspects of life, taking a perspective that comes from selfless observation as opposed to ego driven views.
I would say I was 17. It was my first professional gig. I was like, this is different. I’ve played stuff with my high school and school band in Jr. High 7th grade. But then I started playing with musicians out in clubs. Clubs that I wasn’t old enough to be in but the way I carried myself, I didn’t say nothing nor did I care.