Thursday, August 5, 2010

Buddy Rich and One Handed Drum Roll!!

I have got to tell you a story my teacher once told me about Buddy Rich and his One Handed Drum Roll.

So my teach, who is the resident drum hero of Phoenix AZ was telling me about the time he had sat next to Buddy and asked him to show him his one handed roll. You may have heard the stories of how he would be in the middle of a solo, playing a long roll, and then, out of nowhere a hand with a towel wipes his forehead. Its his own hand and he keep the roll as smooth as butter!!

Well my teacher sat next to him and asked to see it. He told me "he proceeded to play a back and forth motion in traditional grip and it was as smooth as any roll I ever heard". With One Hand!!! As smooth as some of the other big boys with 2 hands!!!!

Just a great story...

Monday, August 2, 2010

Here's how Music Students get better grades!!!

Here's how it works. In our early years our brain is growing rapidly and it is when we are young that we learn the easiest. That’s not to say that you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but a puppy is much easier to train. Music education has shown to be a positive influence in many ways, and one of the most important of these areas is spatial reasoning. Spatial reasoning is our ability to think of things in a 3D way. For example, most people have had to move things around their own house. If you can picture how your living room looks before moving that furniture then you are using spatial reasoning. Playing chess requires deep spatial reasoning and so does allot of advanced mathematics. Even just parking your car requires a certain amount of spatial reasoning.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Music students get better grades!!!

It is really no surprise that music students would get better grades than students that take no music courses.  We as a society have made correlations to this fact for centuries.