Tempo memory can save your ass on the gig, I think.

July 7, 2011


Hi, dear readers. I’m fresh back from the High Sierra Music Festival where I played no less than five sets with a host of very awesome musicians including ALO, Tim and Nicki Bluhm, Scott Law, Josh Clark, Sean Leahy and a dead-ringer Mick Jagger look-alike. I had to learn a varied lot of new material […]

Effortless Mastery, Interlocking Moeller Strokes

June 28, 2011


Thank you to all the new subscribers and others who visited this blog last week! I hope you all keep dropping by to keep up on the project and talk drums. Although I plan on doing a whole blog entry on drummer jokes soon, I heard one this last weekend that I’m eager to share:¬†What’s […]

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The Four Elements of Drum Learning

June 5, 2011


At the end of my last post about polyrhythms I mentioned four elements of drumming. These are areas that seem to be getting a “workout” as I practice drums and especially any material that is new to me. While I don’t claim these to be utterly conclusive, I have not found any other areas to […]

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This Is Your Brain on Polyrhythms

May 25, 2011


Lately I’ve been studying polyrhythms for the drum set with one of the foremost teachers on the subject- Peter Magadini. A polyrhythm is defined as two corresponding, simultaneous but loosely related rhythms based on a mixture of subdivisions such as even (8th notes, 16ths) and odd (triplets, quintuplets, septuplets, etc.). Thinking contrapuntally, all contrapuntal rhythms […]

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Hello, my name is Dave Brogan, and I’m a drummer.

May 18, 2011


Welcome to my brand new blog. After sifting through dozens of very unsexy, unfunky page styles I finally settled on this one. It’s called “Inuit Types.” I picked it because I liked the name. Reminds me of “Inca Roads,” the great Zappa song. (Did – a – vehicle, didavehicle-didavehicle?) I am creating a self-designed program […]

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