Guitar Center RockWalk Welcomes Vic Firth
Dedicated to "individuals who have made a significant contribution to The Music Business", the Guitar Center RockWalk recently welcomed Everett "Vic" Firth – world famous timpanist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra and founder of the Vic Firth Company – to its ranks of music pioneers and performing legends.
Awarded posthumously at the 27th annual Guitar Center Drum-Off, the RockWalk honor was presented to Craigie Zildjian by Remo Belli, CEO and Founder of Remo, Inc. Accepting on behalf of Vic, his family and the company he founded, Craigie took a moment to reflect on Vic's storied career.
"I'm so pleased to see Vic recognized for both his business acumen as well as his musical talent," stated Craigie Zildjian, CEO of Zildjian Company, which merged with the Vic Firth Company in 2010. "If you knew Vic, clearly one career was never going to be enough. So, it seems as though Vic needed the drumstick business as much as it needed him!"
Indeed, Vic's contributions to the music industry were many. His obsession with the quality of sound guided his playing, his teaching, and ultimately led to the birth of the Vic Firth Company in 1963. Vic is credited with inventing or standardizing many of the key manufacturing processes percussionists rely on today, including centerless grinding, pitch-pairing, weight-sorting, injection molding and much more. With all the technological breakthroughs he made, he coined the tagline, "The Perfect Pair™" which has become iconic around the world among drummers.
Asked in 2013 to reflect on the 50th anniversary of his company, Vic – as he was known to do – humbly downplayed the accomplishment. "As wonderful as it is to reflect and appreciate where we've been, our eyes are always on the future – and the future is bright. I would like to express appreciation to all the great musicians who have chosen to perform with my sticks through the years – for this, I most graciously thank you all."
2016 Biennial Competition For All Drum, Guitar, Bass, Piano
Lee Ritenour’s Six String Theory Competition, a premiere international instrument competition, is open for registration through May 15, 2016 by submitting two YouTube videos on the website. Applications are accepted in Guitar, Bass, Piano/Keyboards and Drums. For Guitar, applicants may register in the genres of Rock, Blues, Jazz/Fusion, Acoustic/Country, Classical/Flamenco and Rhythm Guitar which includes Pop, Funk, R&B, and World styles (Brazilian, Latin, African, Island, etc.). For Rhythm Players, any contemporary music style will be accepted such as jazz, fusion, R & B, rock, blues, etc. Duos and Trios are allowed for rhythm.
Prize highlights for the 2016 competition include: Berklee College of Music Scholarships; performance at the legendary Blue Note Tokyo with Lee Ritenour and up-and-coming All-Star musicians from Japan; recording on Lee Ritenour’s forthcoming album at the stunning Woodshed Recording Studio in Malibu; Scholarships and Performances at the esteemed Crown Guitar Workshop & Festival in scenic Montana including travel and lodging. Other prizes include Yamaha Instruments & Endorsements, Professional Mentoring with Lee Ritenour, Monster and D’Addario prizes and travel for winners’ performance and recording opportunities. VIDEO of Ritenour discussing the 2016 Six String competition.
Famed Musicians will work with Lee Ritenour as Advisory Judges to evaluate and determine the 2016 winners. Those judges include Joe Satriani, Joe Bonamassa, Dave Grusin, Steve Lukather, Daryl Stuermer, John Patitucci, Dave Weckl, Harvey Mason, Patrice Rushen, John Beasley, Sonny Emory, Will Kennedy, Nathan East and many others (see website).
In reflection Ritenour comments: “When I first started this competition it was my hope it would grow to become a valuable entity and one of the premier competition opportunities for the next generation of musicians. Now in the 5th competition, we have reached incredible goals and I couldn’t be more thrilled and grateful to have so many artists be part of this extraordinary musical process and journey.”
Lee Ritenour’s Six String Theory Competition is an official non-profit organization with the mission of supporting aspiring musicians towards a professional music career through scholarships, recording, performing, mentoring and prizes.
Speed Mechanics for Drums
Speed Mechanics for Drums is the ultimate technique book for today's faster playing styles - a roadmap to mastering the many facets of playing the drumset.
Written by professional studio drummer Chris Moore and internationally recognized guitarist and music educator Troy Stetina, this book goes beyond technique to help you tap your inner creativity and discover your own original style. Part One addresses building speed and control, while Part Two looks at combining hands and feet. The final section of the book explores putting it all together, from grooving with speed to solo pieces and more. The book includes access to video online, for download or streaming, to help cement the instruction.
Speed Mechanics for Drums is available from music and bookstores or by visiting www.halleonard.com.
The Votes Are In: Winners To Be Announced In 2016 Hit Like A Girl Contest
Webcast to air Wednesday April 13 at 4:00 PM PDT on DrumChannel.com
After nearly two weeks of scoring the 46 finalists, the 2016 champions have been chosen by the Hit Like A Girl celebrity drumming crew (below). The winners will be announced at the 5th Annual Hit Like A Girl Contest awards show scheduled to air live Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 4:00 PM Pacific time on DrumChannel.com. This year's event features outstanding guests and performances from Kimberly Thompson, past winners Valeria Sepulveda, Reisha Fayson, and Lindsay Artkop and more. Join guest hosts including Mona Tavakoli of Raining Jane, past contestant Jordan West and others on a special one-hour webcast.
(Top row, left to right) Yissy Garcia, Senri Kawaguchi, Lindsay Artkop, Jordan West, Emily Dolan-Davies. Fourth row: Venzella Joy, Samantha Maloney, Kiran Gandhi, Jess Bowen, Didi Negron. Third row: Valeria Sepulveda, Nia Lovelis, Kimberly Thompson, Hannah Welton, Cherisse Osei. Second row: Terri Lyne Carrington, Mona Tavakoli, Kalonica Nicx, Emmanuelle Caplette, Chad Smith. Bottom row: Anika Nilles, Allison Miller, Alicia Warrington, Aaron Spears, Steve Smith.
In addition to highlights of videos submitted by 46 of the world’s top amateur female drummers, the show features performances and special messages from several celebrity drummers, and contributors to the event.
View the show here at 4:00 PM PST today.
View all 2016 finalists.
Sponsors make it all possible.
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Hit Like A Girl Awards Show
Hit Like A Girl Awards Show To Feature Past and Future Champions, Kimberly Thompson, The 2016 Contest Winners And More.
Live webcast on DrumChannel.com scheduled for 4:00 PM PT, Wednesday, April 13, 2016.
A star-studded cast of of the world's top drummers and drum industry executives the world will appear — and the winners of the 5th annual Hit Like A Girl Contest will be announced — during the Hit Like A Girl Contest awards show. The event will be webcast live exclusively on drumchannel.com on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 4:00 PM Pacific time.
Along with crowning the 2016 Champions and Runners-Up in the under and over 18 divisions of the international drumming competition, the event will feature performances by Mona Tavakoli (Jason Mraz), Riesha Fayson (2014 HLAG Champ) and Melanie diLorenzo (Billy Gibbons) as well as Kimberly Thompson (Beyoncé/Late Night with Seth Meyers) premiering a track from the Kimberly Thompson Quartet's upcoming CD release. The show is being hosted by drummers Mona Tavakoli and Jordan West and will also include appearances by Sarah Hagan (Zildjian), Louise King (Rhythm Magazine), Lindsay Artkop (2015 HLAG Champion), Kalonica Nicx (2015 Champion) and Val Sepulveda (2013 Champion).
The show is the culmination of the 2016 Hit Like A Girl Contest. Hundreds of girls and women from nearly 50 countries participated in this year's competition. Following 6 weeks on online entry, 48 finalists were chosen by judges, sponsors and public voting. These finalists' videos were then reviewed by top professional drummers, including 2016 Hit Like A Girl co-spokespersons Hannah Welton and Anika Nilles along with Kimberly Thompson, Emily Dolan-Davies, Emmanuelle Caplette, Jess Bowen, Karin Gandhi, Yissy Garcia, Terri Lyne Carrington, Senri Kawaguchi, Nia Lovelis, Allison Miller, Didi Negron, Venzella Joy, Alicia Warrington, Gina Schock, Mona Tavakoli, Cherisse Osei, Samantha Maloney, Val Sepulveda and special guest judges Steve Smith, Aaron Spears and Chad Smith. (Please visit www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/contest/judges for additional information.)
The Hit Like A Girl contest was started in 2012 by Phil Hood (DRUM!), David Levine (TRX) and Mindy Abovitz (Tom Tom) with the goal of showcasing female drummers and encouraging more girls and women to play drums. This year, former editor of Rhythm magazine, Louise King, became a fourth member of the production team. The contest is sponsored by an elite group of musical instrument companies, including Evans, Pro-Mark, Zildjian, Mapex, Sabian, Vic Firth, NFUZD, Sonor, Drum Channel, School of Rock, Musicians Institute, TRX Cymbals, Vater, Innovative Percussion, Dark Horse Percussion, and SJC. Media sponsors across three continents include Music Radar, DRUM!, Alfred, Alternative Press, Rhythm, Percussive Arts Society, Enter Music Network, Digital Drummer (Australia), Drum Guru, Hudson Music, Not So Modern Drummer, Drummers Resource, Drummer Café, Performance Drumming, Online Drummer, The Black Page, Digital Drummer, Wikidrummers, Swinghouse Studios, and Sick Drummer Magazine. (Please visit www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/contest/prizes for additional information.)
Log on to www.drumchannel.com on April 13 at 4 (PT) and don't miss this exciting event that is a high point of the year for female drummers and the drumming community at large.