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TIP Newsletter February 2010

TIP Newsletter February 2010

Hi everyone!  I’d like to start this newsletter out by welcoming two more international names to the TIP advisory board.  Two of Germany’s biggest names in drumming have agreed to come on board to help us help you.

Udo Dahmen, brings his expertise to the TIP.  Not only is Udo a fine and busy session player, but he is also the director of the Popakdemie Baden –Wuttemberg which is the biggest program for popular music studies in Germany. He is also a frequently published author and president of Percussion Creativ, Germany, Austria and Switzerland’s drum and percussion association as well as vice president of the German music council.

Claus Hessler currently teaches at the University for Music and Performing arts in Frankfurt, as well as two other conservatories in Germany.  As an endorser for Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks, Mapex Drums and Remo Drumheads his teaching and workshop activities have taken him through most parts of Europe and recently also to Taiwan and the Far East. He is also a member of the leading board of Percussion Creativ. Last year, his first and long awaited educational book Open-Handed Playing vol. I (co-written with his mentor Dom Famularo, including a foreword by Billy Cobham) was released worldwide.

On April 11th, Hudson Music, the TIP and Drummers’ Collective will jointly present a day long teaching seminar.  The event will be held at the Drummers’ Collective in New York City and starts at 9am. The event will consist of 30 to 50 minute interactive sessions with a host of teachers including Tommy Igoe, Dom Famularo, Jeff Salem, Pete Retzlaff, Jason Gianni, Joe Bergamini and more.  I’ll be on hand to talk about drumming and teaching and all attendees will go home with a books and DVDs to check out.  We’ll be serving lunch and after the event we’re heading to a local club for a chance to hang out and hear some music.  Keep an eye out for more details, or you can contact me for more details.

We also have an article by Jeff Salem about working with a metronome, Wes Crawford writes about soloing and out feature teacher spotlight on California’s Rob Ferrell.

See you in the forums!

Mike

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