I was so pumped today: March 1, 2013, the day I finally post something to my blog (I signed up for this in late 2011?…). It was going to be this heavy meditation on how no human family is perfect and harmonious, and how that somehow relates to our quests as drummers for the perfect cymbal configuration and/or drum tuning relationship (I know, I know…). It was somewhat inspired by something Tony Williams said in the following video (at about 5:45 in Pt. III). And then, upon watching it again as a refresher, I realized that I had gotten his words completely wrong, which would have my arguments really, uh, dumb.
So, I will still post something(!), but it won’t be about cymbal/drum/familial relationships. Instead, I will simply suggest you watch all three parts of this drum clinic, because it’s pretty badass, and by that I mean inspiring/educational. His explanation of how to hold the sticks (about 6:40 in Pt. II) was particularly mind-blowing. Not because I was holding the sticks wrong, but because until I heard it, I could never really describe the technique clearly to others myself. Thanks to drummer Ken Harper for hipping me to this, to tedsirota for posting it, and to Tony for kicking butt.