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Dan Guest Update October 2017

Dan, what have you been up to in 2017?

I toured Australia from June to July with The Bay City Rollers. After the Australian Tour, I've had a few weeks at home full of practice and teaching. I'm currently on a UK Tour with The Rollers, which spans the length and breadth of the Country. Whilst I'm on the road, I teach two or three Skype lessons per day, from my Hotel Room or Dressing Room, to keep my students progressing in my absence. I also answer queries and solve problems for students, via email, whilst I'm away. I have regular updates from students, who are keen to let me know what progress they have made. Some of them even send me videos of them completing exercises that have set them, so I can email over there next sheet to work on. It works really well and I'm pleased that I can keep in touch with my students and still be so connected with their progress, even though I'm away touring.
 
Do you have any lesson vacancies in 2017?
 
I'll be on tour the rest of the year, but will be filling my January 2018 with teaching, so if there are any advanced players who want one off lessons or just a few lessons, I'm happy to help them out. 
 
How can potential students get in touch with you?
 
Please visit my new website to contact me.
 
 
By Julian Marsden
4th Oct, 4:29pm
Remo Presents DrummerNight Manchester Central Saturday 23rd September 2017

REMO PRESENTS DRUMMERNIGHT

Remo present DrummerNight, in association with the major drum and cymbal companies, a benefit show in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.  It will be held at Manchester Central on the 23rd September 2017 as part of The UK Drum Show.

Latest addition is the amazing Gary Wallis (Tom Jones, Mike & the Mechanics, Pink Floyd).  The Line-up is almost complete with a couple more names to be added close to the event.  DrummerNight will gather together legendary and amazing drummers to support Teenage Cancer Trust for one special night with no less than 16 drummers taking the stage with an all-star line-up of musicians.

The world-class players will be supported by a band of leading musicians, with Karl Brazil (Robbie Williams, James Blunt, Feeder) acting as Musical Director for the evening.    The show will be MC’d by John Thomson, (drummer, comedian and actor, best known for his roles in The Fast Show, Men Behaving Badly and Cold Feet).

In addition to Karl Brazil & John Thomson the show will include Joe Donovan (The Blossoms), Mike Dolbear, Andy Gangadeen (Chase & Status, The Bays), Thomas Lang, Jamie Morrison (Stereophonics), Al Murray, Alexis Nunez (The Kooks), Simon Phillips, John “JR” Robinson, Ralph Salmins (The Water Boys), Jeremy Stacey (King Crimson), Gary Wallis (Tom Jones, Mike & the Mechanics, Pink Floyd).  and Steve White.  Plus one more names will be announced before the event depending on commitments.  

Drum wise, the night promises to be a Drummer’s Night of the year !  Check out Simon Hanson of Squeeze on YouTube  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eblVTktgdR4

The event is supported by the drum companies:  British Drum Company, DW, Gretsch, Mapex, Pearl, Sakae, Sonor, Tama, Yamaha and the cymbal companies Istanbul, Paiste, Sabian, Zildjian, plus Innovative Percussion and Vic Firth, as well as The UK Drum Show for one night in support of Teenage Cancer Trust.

Tickets (£30.00 each) on sale from the The UK Drum Show website and are available from www.theukdrumshow.com

For further information go to: www.drummernight.com  or www.theukdrumshow.com or www.remo.com

Teenage Cancer Trust            Cancer sucks. Each day seven young people age 13-24 are diagnosed with cancer. Teenage Cancer Trust is there to make sure they don’t face it alone.

Teenage Cancer Trust provides world-class cancer care and support in specialist units, local hospitals and in homes across the UK. They are there at every stage, from diagnosis through treatment and after, and bring young people together so they can support each other.

The charity gives presentations in schools so young people understand more about cancer and go to the doctors earlier. Their education team also helps medical professionals and politicians understand why young people with cancer need specific support.

Teenage Cancer Trust has come so far but there’s still so much more to do.  Right now, for every young person they can reach, there’s another they can’t. But they will not just sit back and accept that, so the charity is expanding their work.

Teenage Cancer Trust is aiming to provide specialist nurses across the UK in order to reach all young people with cancer, no matter where they live. To do this they will need to raise £20 million a year, every year, by 2020.

DrummerNight aims to help this very worthy cause.

 

 

By Julian Marsden
5th Sep, 10:48pm
Great drummer or great drum teacher?

Great drummer or great drum teacher?

Nick Schlesinger, Aug 2017

An ancient Chinese proverb says “to know the road ahead, ask those coming back”. In your journey to becoming a better drummer, there’s no doubt that you’ll want to learn from the best drummers around; those who are most experienced. So, with this mind, I wanted to bring some food for thought to the table when searching for tuition.

It starts with establishing a difference between a great drummer who teaches and a great drum teacher. Is there really a difference? I believe there is, so we’ll explore these below.

Similarities

Let’s start with the things both groups have in common.

 

Great Drummer

Great Drum Teacher

Proficiency

Pro-level playing ability (time, feel, technique)

Yes

Yes

Knowledge

Deep knowledge of, and context for, subject matter

Yes

Yes

Specialism

Can have specialist knowledge on a topic

Yes

Yes

Core principles

Understands core principles and how to apply these

Yes

Yes

Processes

Applies these to develop creative and practical ideas

Yes

Yes

To my eyes there are basic elements that can make a great drummer and a great drum teacher very similar. At the end of the day, both groups are knowledgeable drummers!

Differences

When it comes to the differences, I believe the devil is in the detail. Great drummers come in many shapes and sizes. Some focus on technical proficiency and speed, some on pocket and feel, and some are great at both. And whilst some may specialise in different styles, they all have in common a great sense of time, musical sensibility, and are active listeners. Yet, when it comes to teaching, their approach might be more geared towards a lecture on a particular topic.

In contrast, a great drum teacher is the drummer who is able to provide guidance, nurture and develop skill. The focus, therefore, turns away from his / her own abilities and towards the student’s. This translates to understanding where you stand as a player, identifying your goals and getting to know how your mind works to use to effectively communicate with you. This goes in tandem with spotting areas that need development and creating tailored solutions for these. In doing so, being patient and supportive, keeping fun in mind, yet always challenge to push you forward.

Conclusion

To sum up, I think it’s important to acknowledge that some drummers are better teachers than others. This doesn’t make anyone worse or better drummers or musicians than the other by any stretch of the imagination. Some like teaching, and are great at it, some don’t like teaching and

therefore prefer not to. Conversely, it’s important to be aware that some may like teaching but may not have the aptitude, whilst some may not like teaching but be reluctantly be good at it!

The point of this article hasn’t been to box any one into two distinct categories. On the contrary, I hope that the paragraphs above have served as a guide for you, the student (and let’s face it, we’re all students), to help you in choosing your drum teacher.

Ultimately, you should explore different teachers, and find what works for you. Go to sites like www.drumteachers.co.uk, or its sister sites www.drumteachers.ca (Canada) or www.drumteachers.info (USA) to help you find the right teacher for you.

Good luck!

Nick Schlesinger

Drummer / educator

www.nickschlesinger.com

    

 

By Julian Marsden
1st Sep, 4:18pm
Overwhelmed with the huge range of Aquarian, Evans, and Remo drumheads out there?

 

Want to discover the best drumheads for your drum kit?

DrumheadAuthority.com is a new site where you can find the best drumheads for your kit, to get the best drum sound possible.

Search through a huge range of snare, tom, and bass drum heads - sorting them by sound, features, dampening, drum type, surface type, and much more. Compare any combination of drumheads to see all features listed side-by-side.

DrumheadAuthority.com also hosts the web’s best drumhead comparison chart: a huge searchable list of over 130 drumheads shown side-by-side. Compare Aquarian vs. Evans vs. Remo drumheads, all on one page.

Why is this important? The biggest thing affecting your drum sound is the drumheads you use, and how they are tuned and dampened. DrumheadAuthority.com is designed to help you take control of these variables, so you can get the best sound possible out of your drum kit. Even a cheap drum kit can sound amazing with the right drumheads, tuning, and careful use of dampening. An expensive kit will sound terrible if just one of these things is done wrong.

There are also some great in-depth drumming articles and drum tuning tips, covering some really important things that all drummers should know.

Head over and take a look now, at drumheadauthority.com.

By Julian Marsden
29th Aug, 2:14pm
MOUSTACHEMUSIC.NET IS CHANGING TO NICKSCHLESINGER.COM

MOUSTACHEMUSIC.NET IS CHANGING TO NICKSCHLESINGER.COM

In order to give my service a more personalised profile and look, I’ve decided to move away from trading as Moustache Music to using own my name, Nick Schlesinger. But why? Primarily for selfish reasons, if I’ll be honest; I want my growing reputation to be synonymous with my own name as opposed to my company name.

But, this change also brings new beginnings; I’m moving to a studio of my own, being designed, front and centre, with teaching in mind.

That’s all great, but what does this mean to you… Why should you care?

Wait less, better experience

The website is built on a better platform that loads faster and works better, which means you wait less, and your experience is smoother.

Easier to get the latest content

The site also features better Social Media connectivity, which means you can get the latest content at the click of a button, and it’s easier than ever to get in touch with me.

More content

The Blog is now updated even more regularly, with new content offered at least once a month, so you benefit from fresh thinking and perspectives on drums, music, and beyond.

Discounts, competitions, etc

Easier to subscribe to the newsletter, which gives you a discount on your first lesson, and means that you’ll receive updates, not SPAM, for you to stay on top of what’s new, offers, competitions, etc.

Pretty to look at

And finally, the new site is really pretty. Took me ages to make!

Visit www.nickschlesinger.com to see it for yourself and find out more.

Thanks!

Nick x

By Julian Marsden
22nd Aug, 4:11pm
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