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Archive for the ‘Lecture’ Category

Drilling Down to the Good Stuff

January 21, 2016

Drills are the practice of working on getting a particular tone, or working on a hand position, or focusing on a counting drill of some sort. When I am doing Drills I focus on these three ideas:   1) Stay Relaxed. It is very important to focus on proper technique. That includes posture, hand position, […]

A Practice By Any Other Name

January 19, 2016

So, what are the best practices for practice? This is a very, very interesting question. I think the best thing to do is to define what exactly we are talking about.   Practice: prac·tice (ˈpraktəs) As a noun: 1) The actual application or use of an idea, belief, or method as opposed to theories about […]

The Quest for Soot

January 7, 2016

Soot is fun, but it is also a bit of a quest. Many of you have already checked out “Searching for Chobi“, which touches on how interesting, difficult, and frustrating hunting down rhythms and their origins can be. Soot is very, very much that way. I first heard Soot on an album more than a […]

Allah is in the Room

December 25, 2015

The Hayallah is a classic 8/4 rhythm that probably originates in Persia. There is a lot of contemporary speculation about the exact origin of this rhythm, (and well, any rhythm to be honest…) but it is basically agreed that Hayallah was orginally used in Sufi rituals and meditations. You can decide for yourself if that […]

The Sacred Space of the Stage

December 19, 2015

I firmly believe that the stage is a sacred space, where artists share their emotions, their passion, their work, and their very humanity with the audience, and strive for connection, acceptance, and understanding. Our “Western Culture” hates those who are “not normal”, so every artist (EVERY artist) has had to deal with the shame of […]