Frank Marino, Carl Smelser, Christine Stevens. (3/10/13) Christine Stevens is an internationally acclaimed speaker, author, and music therapist. Her company is UpBeat Drum Circles. The Rhythm of Radiance Sutra Jam and Drum Circle took place at The Seaside Center for Spiritual Living in Encinitas, Calif. My wife, Nadia, and I had a relaxing, joyful, fun, exhilarating and life affirming 2 hours of powerful drumming and more. The 40+ people attending all agreed Christine Stevens is the Greatest! Frank Marino is also an inspiring gentleman who instructs Yoga in Newport Beach.
I am looking forward to the Drum Circle with Karen Fazio. Please come if you can to:
Awakenings Center for Conscious Living
25260 La Paz Rd Laguna Hills, CA
When: Wednesday, March 13th– 7-9PM
Candace Hansen and I got to work together today sorting out jazz, latin and funk charts. In a two hour lesson we discussed tempos, jazz ride technique, dynamics, Segno signs-Codas-1st/2cd endings, Bossa Nova, half-time, cut-time, moeller method, triplets and more. She is a quick study. I am always impressed with her enthusiasm to help other people. Her drums have a beautiful sparkle finish and reflect the owner’s personality. Carl Smelser.
I have used this rug for over 12 years. It is thin, compact and easily rolls up into about a two foot long roll that fits easily into the Akona Scuba wheeled duffle I use for a hardware bag. I never go to a gig without my Drumat. The permanently attached strap perfectly secures the mat for transport. After a thousand gigs, rehearsals and student lessons both of my Drumats work great. Check out their website: drumat.com. Carl Smelser
I have used the Tama Camco chain drive bass drum pedal exclusively for over 30 years. I still have the four original pedals I bought from West Coast Drum around 1980. The pedals have been used for thousands of gigs, rehearsals, student lessons, practice and recordings without one parts failure ever! The feel is great, the design and materials are perfect and kick every other pedal’s ass! Thank you to the fine engineers at Tama.
Website: stickhammock.com Designed by top touring drummer Steve Di Stanislao (David Crosby, Kenny Loggins, David Gilmour), the Stick Hammock is a durable and portable tray meant to put sticks within easy reach. The stand, which is made of aircraft-grade aluminum, folds up for easy transport and can be set at any height between 23″ and 40″. The top is made from ballistic nylon and includes a pocket in the center panel to hold sticks in place. (Steve is the nicest person, great musician and now brilliant inventor–Thank you Steve, Carl Smelser.
My Yamaha 6 1/2 X 14 Concert Steel Snare drum. Beaded shell, not seamless, is my favorite rock/pop/funk snare. Remo Emperor coated batter, Remo Ambassador snare side, 12-16 or 20 strand Purecussion classic wires and Yamaha all aluminum die cast rims give me an incredible sound. For a retro sound I use Canopus snare wires, Ludwig Silver dot/clear batter, Ludwig snare side head and Yamaha original steel triple flanged rims. I am strictly a 6 1/2 X 14 metal snare drum guy!
My original Yamaha Manu Katche 6 1/2 X 14 Brass Snare. Seamless shell with aluminum die cast rims.
I use Remo Fiberskyn Diplomat or Ambassador batter, Remo Ambassador snare side, Puresound 12 or 16 strand classic wires. I installed Yamaha’s top line throw-off. Original throw-off is always defective. I use this drum for Jazz. I am strictly a 6 1/2 X 14 metal snare drum guy!
Stanton Moore is a breath of fresh air. His instructional dvd’s put a BIG smile on my face. It is hypnotic to watch him play. Second Line Drumming, Metal, Latin, Blues, Jazz, DixieLand, All Kinds of Rock, Rudimental Marching, Funk–are ingeniously blended by this very clever and gifted musician. He also is a master of awesome drum sounds. His advice regarding live miking was invaluable. Make a point of seeing his drum clinic. Stanton will re-charge your batteries like a bolt of lightning! See his website: stantonmoore.com
“PROMARK” HOT RODS
“MUSSER” M-7 BLUE YARN/FIBERGLASS HANDLE MALLETS
“VIC FIRTH” TIM GENIS GEN-1 PERSIMMON ROLLER MALLETS
“REGAL TIP” BLASTICKS 531R HICKORY WOOD HANDLE
“REGAL TIP” BRUSHES 550W HICKORY WOOD HANDLE
“REGAL TIP” JEFF HAMILTON HICKORY STICKS
“REGAL TIP” 8A HICKORY STICKS
“A.L. REAMER” BOOKSPAN PERSIMMON STICKS
“VIC FIRTH” RALPH HARDIMON HICKORY STICKS
“VIC FIRTH” TIM GENIS STG PERSIMMON STICKS
“VIC FIRTH” WB JAZZ BRUSHES
I now own the most beautiful cymbals in the world. Jeff Hamilton introduced me to the happiest experience of cymbal sounds ever. The HAMMERTONE series was developed by Jeff and it is phenomenal. The 14″ hi hats sound amazing. The 20″ ride is perfect with vocalists and the design/engineering of the cymbal is brilliant. The 22″ ride with rivets is smooth, musical and pure heaven. The 22″ China with rivets is the only china I’ve ever owned. The China is expressive and powerful, but has just the right character of tone to add musically to my situation. Thank you Mr. Jeff Hamilton!