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Cymbal Choices of the Greats — Formula 602

The Prof is in...Carlos Vega

Posted by Gareth Makin on

In this blog I'd like to turn the spotlight on a drummer and musician that not many of you may know.  I came across the drummer in question through a friend of mine (a fine drummer and educator) who directed me to a live recording by James Taylor (and for those who already know, give yourselves a pat on the back and go and put the kettle on).  The track in question was 'Country Road' (a set list staple) and the bit he wanted me to listen to was the breakdown section at the end.  'Just check the drummer out'...

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The Prof is in...Stewart Copeland

Posted by Gareth Makin on

This blog brings us around to a member of a group of drummers that grace the pages of most of the worlds drum magazines on a fairly regular basis.  He has been instrumental in influencing a plethora of players with his urgent, cross-cultural style and a strong tie to a very authentic reggae feel.  He has composed pieces for Gamelan (look it up, it's tuned percussion and it sounds fab) and orchestra, scored for films and TV shows and golf-gloved (white, Foot-joy if you're interested) his way through turbulent times with the band he's most known for, The Police. The...

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The Prof is in. Shannon Forest

Posted by Gareth Makin on

Next up to the plate on our run through drummers cymbal set ups is Nashville great Shannon Forest. He's been working in country music central since 1991 and racked up a very impressive resume covering recording dates with Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Martina McBride and Tim McGraw (and many more besides).  Couple this with more than a few Academy of Country Music Awards for his work and dates with Michael McDonald, you could quite rightly say this guy has considerable skills and musicality.  In fact it was his work with McDonald that put him on Toto's radar and we all...

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