I'm a drummer - it's a lesser known Stopforth fact I play weekly in our church band and on the very odd occasion when I get some spare time - not having a kit at home limits my opportunities to practice and play. Considering I've been playing some time now I'm a pretty average drummer. I don't think I'm terrible, but certainly could've done better with the time I've had (although, couldn't we all?)
So lately I've been hungry to learn some new percussive skills and I turned to YouTube for my answers - I have not been disappointed. YouTube is a veritable treasure trove of content for anything, but specifically for tips and hints about those elusive things you can't find anywhere else. It's the Long Tail of citizen education!
In my travels, I discovered this amazing video. You probably won't recognise these names, but Steve Gadd, Dave Weckl and Vinnie Colaiuta are unsung heroes of the drumming world. They're those sickeningly talented humans who call themselves 'session musicians' - guys who are so good they don't belong in just one band, but are so in demand they get paid a fortune to record and album, or tour with a solo artist like Sting or Paul Simon for some time. They're not like the drummer of Korn or the Dave Matthews Band who you know and love - these are faces often hidden to us ordinary folks (and that's not just because of the shocking 80's hair).
Watch and enjoy these true gods of the percussive art on one stage together. Regardless of whether you play and instrument, or even like music or not, this is something to behold. Enjoy
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