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Adaptability

POSTED ON January 9th  - POSTED IN Daniel Glass Blog

In addition to Royal Crown Revue, Daniel played with a diverse array of artists including Brian Setzer (pictured), Bette Midler, Liza Minelli, and Gene Simmons of KISS.

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Rhythmic Phrasing

POSTED ON December 30th  - POSTED IN Wisdom

Drummers have to think about the rhythmic phrasing that we are going to play on the snare drum in the same way that other musicians are going to think about it. And that means we have to stress short notes and long notes in different ways.

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Daniel Glass Podcast 003 – My Favorite Concerts, Part 1

POSTED ON December 28th  - POSTED IN podcasts

 

OVERVIEW:

In this podcast, Daniel shares a series of important concerts that impacted his life growing up in Hawaii, and discusses how these events influenced his path as a professional musician.

 

SHOW NOTES:

Resources, references and links featured in the podcast.

Arlo Guthrie, performing “The Motorcycle Song” in the early 1970s. This song is emblematic of Guthrie’s folksy, storytelling style – sometimes silly, but masterfully woven together. Great for a young kid with his ears wide open.

Joan Baez, “Farewell Angelina.” This song got a lot of airplay in my childhood home.

John Denver, around the time I saw him in the mid-’70s. The band includes legendary drummer Hal Blaine.

The Fleetwood Mac “Rumors” tour from 1977 was an extraordinary experience that opened my eyes to what a “serious” rock concert was all about.

Boston, on the 1979 “Don’t Look Back” tour. It was my first stadium concert, and it was JUST.LIKE.THIS!!

Journey, tearing up the stage in 1980. This song (“People and Places,” from the Departure album), wasn’t a huge hit, but I loved it and was thrilled to hear it live. Kind of crazy to think that I would end up writing a book with Journey drummer Steve Smith some 32 years later!

Ted Nugent with Carmine Appice in 1982. Love or hate his politics, in the 1970s and ’80s Nugent “brought it” as hard as any rocker on the planet.

Santana in 1979, playing their exquisite version of the Zombies’ “She’s Not There.” This was the lineup I experienced, and they did NOT disappoint.

My experience of seeing the Dave Brubeck Quartet in the early 1980s looked a lot like this. It was an elegant marriage of jazz and symphony orchestra, expressed here in the song “Unsquare Dance” (from 1961’s “Time Further Out”).

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The Police, in 1983 on the Synchronicity tour. The power of a band at its peak.

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The Influence of Radio

POSTED ON December 22nd  - POSTED IN Daniel Glass Blog, Wisdom

I’ve always loved music. When I was a kid, my parents refused to buy a television – they were sort of taking a stand against letting their children’s minds be rotted by television – so my sister and I became radio fanatics. We listened to the radio from morning till night, and really listened, perhaps more so than our peers. I think that set the course for my life as a musician, in terms of the way I thought about and understood music.

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(photo: Jeremy Sibson)

Daniel Glass Podcast 001 – Understanding “Deliberate Practice”

POSTED ON December 17th  - POSTED IN podcasts

OVERVIEW:

In this podcast, Daniel explores “deliberate practice,” and shows how a deeper understanding of this concept can help us to perform at levels we thought were reserved for “masters.”

 

SHOW NOTES:

Resources, references and links featured in the podcast.

Freddie Gruber – The Yoda of Drumming?

Kenny Werner’s “Effortless Mastery”
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“Talent is Overrated” by Geoff Colvin
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James Clear Article #1 – Learning vs. Practicing

James Clear Article #2 – How Experts Practice Better Than the Rest

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Legendary basketball coach Phil Jackson based his “Triangle Offense” on this 1962 book by Fred “Tex” Winter. Read an excellent NY Times piece about Jackson, Winter and the history of the triangle offense HERE.

The 1966 film “The Universal Mind of Bill Evans,” introduced by Steve Allen.

Drumming That Swings

POSTED ON December 3rd  - POSTED IN Daniel Glass Blog, Swing Era, Wisdom

The ability to swing comes from an attitude that you bring to your playing. It’s a relaxed precision, a confidence, and a swagger and that allows the music you make – whatever the style – to flow effortlessly and get the audience MOVING.

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Bonham and the Quarter Note Pulse

POSTED ON October 30th  - POSTED IN Drum History, Wisdom

So, if you know me at all, you probably know that one of my favorite concepts to talk about as an educator is the QUARTER NOTE PULSE. This clip provides a fine example of how the approach toward “swinging” four quarter notes begun in the 1920s and ’30s was still going strong into the modern rock era.

Here’s Led Zeppelin playing “How Many More Times” in 1969. Note John Bonham’s RH on the ride cymbal. His technique (what I refer to as “throw-up”) belies an upbringing based in jazz studies and the influence of swinging drummers like Gene Krupa, Max Roach and Earl Palmer (remember, there was no such thing as a “rock drummer” or “rock technique” when Bonham was a lad in mid-fifties England). Even when the band fully kicks in to the groove, Bonham’s approach is still coming from a “swung 8th” perspective. It’s an important distinction to make, because the jazz/swing quarter note underpinning is what makes so much of 1950s and ’60s rock’n’roll so memorable.

The upshot is this: If you love Bonham, then do some research and learn what influenced him. You’ll discover some intricacies in rock you never realized, and will improve your playing as a result!

For a deeper discussion of my approach to this topic, check out the recent FREE LIVE LESSON I recently recorded with the good folks at Drumeo: http://bit.ly/1WLRukC

History of the Drumset – Part 12 – Double Bass

POSTED ON October 26th  - POSTED IN Daniel Glass Blog, Drum History

While it may seem like double bass is a rather new invention, it’s origins can be traced back to Louie Bellson. Bellson wrote and debuted the first piece to feature double bass in the early ’50s when he was with Duke Ellington’s orchestra!

For double extra credit, what was the name of that piece?

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