Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Wise words from Dave Grohl

I just thought I'd post these comments on American Idol by Dave Grohl. Although the language is strong, it pretty much sums up how I feel about the "world of music as talent contest" mentality that these shows represent......

    “I think people should feel encouraged to be themselves. That’s what bums me out about those shows where people are judged so harshly by fucking musicians that hardly even play an instrument on their own fucking albums. It makes me really mad.”

    He added: “I swear to God, if my daughter walked up onstage and sang her heart out and some fucking billionaire looked at her and said, ‘No, I’m sorry you’re not any good,’ I’d fucking throttle that person, I swear to God. Who the fuck are you to say what’s good or bad?”

    Grohl also reckons the shows homogenise music so that “everyone sounds like fucking Christina Aguilera.” The Foo Fighters singer added: “The next time someone says you’re not a good singer say: ‘Fuck You’. I interviewed Neil Young and he said in his band someone said to him: ‘The band’s really great, but honestly you shouldn’t be the singer.’ If Neil Young had listened to that person then we wouldn’t have had any Neil Young.” (NME)

Thank you Mr. Grohl!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Simon Phillips

Here's a short couple of exercises from drumming great Simon Phillips.
Even though they are designed for 2 bass drums you can easily try the examples with the left foot on H.H.

I love Phillips' post-Cobham very muscular style of playing although it often makes me feel like my drumming is the equivalent of a 5 year old girl at a tea party!