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Should never break cymbals?

Most long term professionals rarely if ever break cymbals is correct (pretty quick google will tell you it's not unheard of. Buddy Rich for example was pretty bad for it apparently), but I think a variety of things factor into this. Every older Zildjian I've ever seen has been thick as hell, so thick they're borderline unbreakable, so that cymbal...


Meinl 14” Classics Custom Dark Hi Hat Cymbals Review

Taking into account both quality and price, these are by far some of the best hi hats available on the drum market. These cymbals deliver an incredible sound that is dark, warm and explosive. They have a refined tone and powerful character due to the extra hammering on the quality B10 bronze alloy. These hi hats are super responsive and have a..


The Inventors of Jazz the Buddy Bolden Band 

Whether or not the cornetist Buddy Bolden invented jazz (Jelly Roll Morton is one of the best known other claimants to the title), he certainly created the enduring archetype of the jazz musician as doomed romantic hero when he suffered a mental breakdown in 1907, at the age of 30, and spent his remaining years in a Louisiana asylum. The...


Never Too Late To Learn An Instrument

If you have the urge to make music but never had lessons as a kid — or quit before you got any good — don't despair. Sure, most professional musicians started when they were young. But neuroscientists and music teachers alike say it's never too late. And it turns out, the biggest hurdles aren't stiff hands or an aging brain. For adults, the.


Unity In Music 

Repetition is an important part of music. Sounds and combinations of sounds are repeated to give unity to music. A composer of music is an artist, as is a good performer. But there are some important differences between music and the other arts, which are intended to be seen...


Reflecting on the Passing of Neil Peart and the Music

As I sit here grappling with the sad passing of Neil Peart, for good reason commonly referred to as the legendary drummer and lyricist for the Canadian rock trio Rush, I'm less grief-stricken than I initially was and have become more reflective. Along with millions of other fans worldwide I cried hard in the first few hours after hearing the news of his death. It hurts bad, but the tears have subsided.


Jimmy Cobb Was A Giant Of Jazz

Jimmy Cobb's playing on several of Miles Davis' most popular and influential records— as well as his work with many other legendary Jazz artists, including John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Bill Evans, Wes Montgomery, Sarah Vaughan, Kenny Dorham, Wayne Shorter, Wynton Kelly, Hubert Laws, Art Pepper and more— made him one of the most.


3 Famous Rockstars that Died On Thier Own Vomit

Jimi Hendrix, Known for playing "The Star-Spangled Banner" on the guitar with his teeth and setting the instrument ablaze, Hendrix was one of the first to use wild amplifier feedback to his advantage. Though different accounts exist, most agree that on Sept. 18th, 1970, he died in bed after drinking wine and consum


Bram Vanhove Session Drummer

Bram Vanhove is a well known Belgian session drummer.He lives in Antwerp Belgium and Studied Jazz drumming in college. He gotten endorsements from Tama Drums and Sabian Cymbals. Today he’s the drummer of Coely, blackwave., Dvtch Norris and Collective Conscience. That’s quite a resume if you ask me. He calls himself a freak looking up the gear of his idols to order the exact same material. He says being a session musician is sometimes pretty hard because you have to know how far you can go.


Charlie Parker has a cymbal thrown at him

0ne night in 1937, a teenage musician called Charlie Parker joined a queue of players waiting to jam onstage at Kansas City's Reno Club. It was a special occasion. A star guest in the rhythm section was Jo Jones, drummer for Count Basie's Orchestra, one of the biggest swing bands in the US.