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ISSUE #64 \__\__\___THE____/__/__/ APR 5, 2002
_______________TEMPO DISPATCH ___________
Newsletter For Drummers and Drumming Enthusiasts
Copyright Bill Powelson 2002 all rights reserved.
____________'IT'S ALL ABOUT DRUMS'_______
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IN THIS ISSUE . . .
1. DRUMMING IMAGINATION: How to cultivate,
develop, and carry it with you for life.
2. Humor: BASS-PLAYER JOKE.
There's ALWAYS a drumset in front of you,
every minute of every day.
Every desktop, tabletop or dashboard,
is a POTENTIAL drumset . . . if we'll simply
use our imagination.
If we enjoy the movement of TWO FINGERS (and
TWO TOES) . . . we can ALWAYS practice.
* 'RHYTHMIC IMAGINATION' may be the
single-most-important KEY-INGREDIENT, to
Am I right or wrong?
* LEARN, when AWAY from the drums . . .
That's the time to do all those REALLY BORING AND
DIFFICULT rudimental, and 4-way coordination,
It's ALSO a great time to LEARN TO PULL the
BEST and most-imaginative PERCUSSIVE TONES from
Would you believe that it's possible to
make a cardboard-box sound BETTER than some
$5000 drumsets . . .? It's all up to the PLAYER and
not the quality of the instrument.
TRUST ME! This is TOTALLY true!
Challenge yourself to see HOW MANY different tones
you can PULL from any object that may DARE to be
within striking-distance, haha . . . It'll be a FUN
and productive challenge.
The true DYNAMICS of drumming is hidden within
the above challenge! Dynamics . . . is the thing
that keeps us all from sounding exactly alike, and it's
the key to imaginative, innovative, melodic solos.
* ENJOY NOTHING BUT FUN when you are finally
behind the drumset. Do the REAL WORK, when you
are AWAY from the drums. These rules (above) will multiply
your real-drumset DRUMMING FUN, exponentially.
ALL SUCCESSFUL DRUMMERS learn this early . . .
and they carry it with them for life. It may
be the MAJOR ingredient to drumming success.
I'm 60 . . .
But, I still do ALL my TEDIOUS STUDY in front
of the boob-tube (or while waiting for mama to
do her shopping at Wal-Mart.) THEN . . .
ONCE I get behind the REAL drums . . .
it's 'KATY BAR THE DOORS'! I fry 'em! That's
the time to put all those NEW, hard-learned techniques
to work, IN A FUN-IMAGINATIVE-JAM . . .
Pick up this habit . . . it's a 'NO-FAIL' tip!
Actually . . . you may not succeed without it!
WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS TIP?
I'm hoping you ALREADY KNEW IT! :>)
But at least, this note may help you RECOGNIZE IT,
for what it's REALLY worth.
Put a drumset INSIDE YOUR MIND, carry it with you
everywhere you go. Play, play, play . . . ANYTIME you
DO THIS NOW . . . TRY IT!
Memorize the movements of any roll or beat you're
needing to add to your arsenal of perfection. Get the
moves into your mind . . . and save the repetitious,
boring practice for those moments when you are away
from the real drumset. Master them as you go about your
THEN when you return to the drums . . . your REAL
practice-session will be more fun than ever. Jamming
will take on new life as you USE the new technique(s)
while playing along with your favorite recordings.
Those who whine about not having enough time to practice,
now have no excuse! Learn to use your waisted moments
by practicing on your brand-new, free, imaginary drum set,
every day and EVERYWHERE you go.
Happy drummin' :>)
NOW, HERE'S SOME SPECIAL HELP FOR
BEGINNING STUDENTS OF DRUMSET:
FOLLOW THIS LESSON-PLAN, FOR BEST RESULTS:
The drum lessons at are arranged
(from the top-down) at the web site in such a way as to
allow you to achieve the BEST possible results, in
the LEAST amount of time, while enjoying the MOST
POSSIBLE FUN . . .
We would follow this exact same plan if you were
to enroll as a private student at my private teaching
studios. I use this lesson plan because it works!
You'll be WISE to follow the plan, FROM THE TOP DOWN,
in the (early-beginner) stages of study.
MEMORIZE the '5 BASIC DANCE BEATS' ON LESSON #4. It
may be the most important drum set lesson you'll ever
ADVANCED STUDENTS . . .
Skim lightly over any material that seems too basic
or too simple . . . BUT DIG-IN AS THE LESSONS GET MORE
DIFFICULT. Almost every lesson in this 100-lesson
course is intended as one-week of study for the average
student in private study. Some students move faster
while others, slower.
Here ONLINE . . . Many of you may find it easy to absorb
SEVERAL lessons per week, while others may need several weeks
on each lesson! That's the advantage of online lessons!
BASS PLAYER JOKE . . .
Fifteen minutes into a flight from Kansas City
to Toronto, the Captain announced, "Ladies and gentlemen,
one of our engines has failed but there is nothing to
worry about. Our flight will take an hour longer than
scheduled but we still have three engines left."
Thirty minutes later the Captain announced,
"One more engine has failed and the flight will
take an additional two hours but don't worry, we
can fly just fine on two engines."
An hour later the Captain announced,
"One more engine has failed and our arrival
will be delayed another three hours but don't
worry, we still have one engine left."
A bass-player passenger turned to the drummer
in the next seat and remarked . . .
"If we lose one more engine, we'll be up here
Actually, this was originally a 'dumb-blonde' joke, but
I happen to like blondes, haha. So . . . I turned it
into a bass-player joke. (Actually, I like bass players
too, but I like blondes, more, haha.)
(Stolen with great respect, from
THE HUMOR PORT NEWSLETTER.)
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END OF TEMPO DISPATCH #634 APR 5, 2002
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