Product Demo: Nicky Moon Custom Cup Chimes

In building a new percussion set up for a groove program to be named later, I asked cymbalsmith Nicky Moon to make some cup chimes for me. We corresponded a bit about what I wanted them to do, and Nicky NAILED it. This was the first time I have ever hired a custom shop to do something like this and was very pleasantly surprised. You can learn more about his artistry here:

**NOTE I have NOT been paid to post this, I paid for the chimes arms-length and am sharing what I learned with you, because that's what teachers do!**

The Soloist & The Audience

There is a massive difference between playing in an ensemble, wether it is an orchestra or a rock band, and performing a solo piece in front of a live audience.

The soloist has no safety net whatsoever. There is only him or her and the audience. It is one of the purest forms of communication. Whatever that soloist is thinking, it travels directly through the instrument and into the audience’s ears. No filters. No editors, or managers, or artifice of any kind.

Supporting grooveKSQ Just Got Easier!

We have been working hard behind the scenes to build grooveKSQ into a community partner that will provide percussion and arts education programming and performances for a long time to come. Our ability to do that, however, depends on financial support from the community, in addition to revenue generated from teaching individual and group lessons.

Finally, we can announce that grooveKSQ has entered into a fiscal sponsorship agreement with Fractured Atlas, which is one of the largest non-profit support organizations in the United States. What that means to you is that you can now make donations to grooveKSQ that are fully tax deductible.

Below is a video detailing our mission statement. Please take a look and then consider making a tax deductible donation to grooveKSQ. Many, many thanks for your support!!

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The Importance of Repetition With Purpose

The Importance of Repetition With Purpose

When you are pursuing any amount of technical ability on a musical instrument, there is no substitute for hard work. Hard work, though isn’t enough. Once you identify the skills you want to work on, you have to develop those skills through repetition.

After all, drumming has a huge physical component to it: the mechanics of the player’s hands, arms and fingers, posture, relaxation, grip…the list goes on and on. Those aspects of a student’s playing are refined through repetition, which is a decidedly unglamorous thing to talk about, but it is indeed the key to greatness.

To Master Control, Be Consistent

Anyone can play a ton of notes. The difference between being an apprentice and a master is CONTROL. Control is developed through consistent (i.e. every day) practice. There is no substitute. Playing with control is what separates the elite players from everyone else.

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