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This drummer's journey with other drummers.

Archive for the ‘Lecture’ Category

Oh Yeah, The Blog!

December 16, 2015

In my wildest dreams it simply never occurred to me that it would be seen by ANYONE, at all.

Searching for Chobi

April 3, 2012

Every so often I go on a journey, and search for Chobi. Chobi is a rhythm, often spoken of, and almost never agreed upon by any two sources.  There seem to be almost as many “real” Chobi as there are drummers. And, there are perfectly natural reasons for that. To the best of my knowledge, […]

Separation of Senses

January 21, 2010

“Separation of Senses” is essentially the ability to play different rhythm parts with the left and the right hand simultaneously.  When done confidently it gives a very distinctive feel to a rhythm, and really brings out a lot of dynamics in a groove.  Middle eastern doumbek playing is literally filled with this and it is […]

Beginning Workshop: November 22, 2009

December 11, 2009

On Saturday, November 22, I taught my first ever workshop. I was very fortunate to be able to use a friend’s amazing backyard as the workshop space, and it could not have been more conducive.   She is a tattoo artist, and just about as earthy and funky as it is possible to be without being […]

The Renovation Project: Part IV

November 25, 2009

Phase VIII (Paint and Clear Coats) Knowing how often I take this doumbek to gigs, and how often those gigs are outdoors, I went with exterior paints for my colors. I chose a textured paint in gunmetal dark grey for the exterior.  The textured paints are much thicker than normal and have a coagulent in […]