Monday, March 24, 2008

The Drum God's Clinic

When I think of drum clinics I typically think of a setting where some drum god comes to a local music store sponsored by a really expensive drum company. The drum god then wows the audience with an amazing solo. The drum god then talks about what it was like to play with so-and-so, how he constructed the drum part for such-and-such a song, and how much he likes his new expensive 27 ply birch/maple/zebra wood snare. Then the drum god leaves having imparted almost nothing more substantive than anecdotal apocrypha and advertising copy. To be quite honest, I am very weary of the drum god's clinic. As I mentioned in the last post, I have been invited to teach a clinic. I desperately do not want to be the drum god. More than anything else, I want to actually teach something.

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