New Orleans & Jazzfest Recap (Part 2)

New Orleans & Jazzfest Recap (Part 2)

Our second day in New Orleans brought our first day at the Jazz & Heritage Festival and much more…While briefly concerning to wake up to even more rain, it stopped by late morning and we grabbed a cab to the fest.  It was overcast and chilly by New Orleans standards (50’s) and the week’s rains made the fairgrounds quite muddy in places, making the paved & covered stages much more appealing.  Regardless, the crowd was in good spirits.  Our plan...

Read More »

New Orleans & Jazzfest Recap (Part 1)

New Orleans & Jazzfest Recap (Part 1)

I’m back and it was amazing!  Sarah and I were there for four full days so I’m going to break this into four quick diary-style entries.  Hold on tight… We left Madison about 5:30 PM on Wednesday and drove the Prius straight through, making it to downtown New Orleans at 8:30 AM on Thursday.  With some time to kill before the hotel room was ready we grabbed a light breakfast at local diner Commerce and wandered down the Riverwalk.  Then we headed into...

Read More »

Jazzfest Celebration With Second Line Video!

Jazzfest Celebration With Second Line Video!

‘Why,’ you may ask, ‘the excitement?’  Well, today marks the start of the forty-fourth New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival!  Annually spread over two weekends at the end of April (National Jazz Appreciation Month, you know), this is truly one of the greatest music festivals in the world.  The city of New Orleans is absolutely wonderful for an infinite number of reasons, not least of which is its honor as the birthplace of jazz. I’ve had...

Read More »

Practice, Practice, Practice (Part 2 – In the Moment)

Practice, Practice, Practice (Part 2 – In the Moment)

In part one of my blog post on practicing I discussed a number of important considerations for being suitably prepared to practice.  In this second part I’ll address the practice session itself.  When it comes time to actually get the sticks moving the two most important habits to develop are focus and patience. Bringing Things Into Focus The word ‘focus’ gets thrown around a lot but I think it’s necessary to clearly define it as a state of mind.  The focused...

Read More »

Practice, Practice, Practice (Part 1 – Preparation)

Practice, Practice, Practice (Part 1 – Preparation)

While most students come to me looking to learn how to play the drums, what they don’t often consider is that in order to play well they first need to learn how to practice well.  Not knowing how to practice can lead to confusion, unnecessarily slow progress, and frustration.  Having a strong practice habit, though, is the best support to satisfying development that can be seen, heard, and felt by the student and those around you. Big Picture Perspective Before getting...

Read More »