Monthly Archives: July 2010

The joy of Bellydancing

Last night I made it back to Bellydancing class. I had to go after skipping a couple of them because I got some special duds that took time, trouble and money to get: a stretchy brown hip scarf with long … Continue reading

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Carnegie Hall and the P-Word

There is a popular,  often quoted story that a violinist named Jascha Heifitz was hailed by a man on the street in New York, who asked him “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?”  Without breaking stride, Heifitz allegedly  replied … Continue reading

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The Metronome Gospel According to Rock Drumming Underground

I found a very informative article on drumming with a metronome by Dave Atkinson of Rock Drumming Underground. The whole article “Learn How To Play Drums With a Metronome” can be found at www.rockdrummingsytem.com.underground/drum-articles. “The Metronome is one of the … Continue reading

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Why I Keep on Drumming

A long time ago at summer camp I was taught the following little song-ditty at the tender age of 12: ” All things shall per-ish, from under the sky. Music A-lone shall live, Music  a-lone shall live, Music a-lone shall … Continue reading

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When the Drum Master came to town

When the Congolese Master Drumming and Dancer teacher began to come to our area to teach, it was  like the Pope dropping in to do Sunday mass at a small  neighborhood church.   I was well acquainted with the difference … Continue reading

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Drumming Nowhereland Remix

My mother died in 2006. It was a shock, a relief and another limbo all rolled into one.  I was busy staying in my skin around the new year, when I got a phone call out of the blue, asking … Continue reading

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Get Thee to a Drum Camp

When I started taking care of my mother, my life as I had known it,  particularly the drumming, ceased to exist. But my love of percussion did not die, and began to resurface in an unexpected form: I signed up … Continue reading

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Drumming Nowhereland

When I first began going to West African Djembe drumming classes, I encountered other students who would come to class with recording equipment and attempt to write down the rhythm patterns on paper. Their fussing around with all that was … Continue reading

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Djembe SOLOS 4/4 Instructional Cd

Over a year ago I stumbled across an instructional drumming cd   called “Djembe Fundamentals”.  A drumming class friend of mine from Santa Cruz loaned it to me. I listened to the cd , and was stunned to find out that … Continue reading

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