IF you could have a drum lesson or two with a famous drummer, living or dead, who would it be and why?
Yes, he's a sweetheart. Many moons ago he dropped into a drum shop I worked in while touring with Tony Bennett. He saw me diddling away on a pad with sticks and came over and asked if I'd applied any of my rudimental chops to the brushes. I said I had but that I'd be honoured if he'd demonstrate a little of what he meant. He grabbed a set of brushes and gave me (and eventually everyone in the shop as they gathered around) a 20 minute lesson on his approach to rudiments using brushes. Then he went down to our book shop, found some copies of his book and signed some for us. Fantastic guy and really giving of his time and knowledge.Good timing for this thread.
Last weekend, I had a short lesson from Clayton Cameron. I've had lessons from other pros but I got just about as much out of our few minutes together than I have in other lessons.
A little background: I met Clayton a few months ago at a club in Minneapolis. We talked for a little bit about brushes (of course), his background, etc. I also asked him about a couple things in his book, which I brought. After the show, he took me aside and showed me a Latin pattern that I told him I was having issues with. He could not have been more polite. He signed the book and a drumhead for me too.
Fast forward to last weekend when I went to go see the Count Basie Orchestra where Clayton Cameron was sitting in. I met him at the stage after the show. He remembered our meeting and discussing his book. I asked him if I could demonstrate the pattern that I had been working on. (Yes, I took my brushes in case this actually happened.) First, he took me backstage, then he said we could just do it at the hotel room. I actually gave him a ride to the hotel!!
Once we got there. He grabbed a newspaper off of a table and we did the lesson right there on the Wall Street Journal. He said the pattern sounded good but he gave me a few pointers to smooth it out and make faster tempos easier. Again, he could not have been a nicer guy.
Same here. I'll list them for fun:I've studied with many
some amazing lessons.... some not so good
the best players are not always the best teachers
I'd list who I studied with but recently I was accused of name dropping by some tool on here ....Same here. I'll list them for fun:
Jim Chapin (had a lesson in his backyard, only one though)
Screw 'em. Get dropping. Inquiring minds want to know (and pick your brain...)I'd list who I studied with but recently I was accused of name dropping by some tool on here ....
you are lucky to have studied with Joe
he was a one of a kind and I wish I had the opportunity to