Tony Royster Jr. Masterclass Highlights
With less than one week left to register for the Drumeo.com Masterclass with Tony Royster Jr., DRUM! has had a sneak peek at the online lessons and pulled together our favorite video highlights!
Speed & Control
Tony Royster Jr. has some of the fastest hands in the world - and throughout the masterclass he shares his tips and techniques for improving your speed and control in the kit before demonstrating exactly how it works. And yes, as the video shows, it works!
Bass Drum Technique
It doesn’t seem to matter what kind of kicks he’s wearing on his feet, Tony’s a master with a single pedal or double-pedal, and he highlights his expertise along with insights on how you can improve your own foot technique as well.
Improving Your Timing
It isn’t always about counting. Tony explores his inner pulse that he has developed over time, and how you can work with a metronome to push your boundaries and embed better timing within your own playing.
Tony shares the rudiments he relies upon the most in his playing, and how he practices them to develop the consistency and feel that’s required when he plays in front of crowds of all sizes.
The Music Business
As the go-to drummer for superstar Jay-Z as well as performing with Joe Jonas, Joss Stone, and many others, Tony has gained valuable insights on how to make it in the music business: from playing with a band, becoming a seasoned musician, and building key relationships that will help you achieve your drumming goals.
While these are just short video clips to highlight some of the material that’s covered, the full masterclass will include three hours of exclusive video with Tony Royster Jr., exercises and demonstrations, and three play-along songs. People who sign up will also get three masterclass bonuses including a signed 8 x 10 photo, a six-month access pass for online lessons at Drumeo.com, and a pair of Vic Firth drumsticks.
Click here to register today: http://www.Drumeo.com/TRJ/
Own A Piece of Beatle History
More than 800 items owned by Ringo Starr and his wife, Barbara Bach, are going to auction, including rare Beatles memorabilia like his three-piece drum kit used in over 200 performances and a Rickenbacker guitar known as the "Beatle-Backer" that John Lennon owned and later gave to Ringo.
The unprecedented number of Beatles-owned objects will be offered Dec. 4-5 at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, California.
"We have so much stuff and a lot of it we haven't seen in 20 to 30 years," Starr, 75, said in a phone interview with Bach from London.
He said the idea for the auction came after The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles asked to do an exhibition about his life and music in 2013-2014. "It started with me looking at storage units we have all around the world it seems ... we found we had so much stuff," he said.
Like his book "Photograph by Ringo Starr," coming out later this month, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the couple's Lotus Children Foundation, which focuses on social welfare issues around the world.
The couple, who have been married for 34 years, said they decided together what items to auction, an effort that was wrought with emotion and nostalgia. After deciding to let go of certain items "we'd take them back," said Bach, 69, a former model and actress. "But then we'd say, 'Where are we going to put it' and realized it would have to go back in storage, so we said, 'OK, let's put it back in the auction.'"Highlights and their pre-sale estimates:
- Ringo's first 1963 Ludwig Oyster black pearl three-piece drum kit that he used in over 200 performances and recordings between May 1963 and February 1964, including for hits such as "Can't Buy Me Love" and "All My Loving." Paul McCartney also used the set on his first solo album, "McCartney." $300,000-$500,000.
- Lennon's 1964 Rose-Morris Rickenbacker with a fire-glow sunburst finish that he played during The Beatles' 1964-1965 Christmas shows. He made a gift of the guitar, known as the "Beatle-Backer," to Starr in 1968. $600,000-$800,000.
- A 2000 Mercedes Coupe, first owned by Harrison and acquired by Starr after the Beatles' lead guitarist died in 2001. $60,000-$80,000.
- A seven-tom drum kit inspired by drummer Hal Blaine and commissioned for Ringo by Harrison in 1968. Only five of the custom kits are known to exist. $10,000-$20,000.
Highlights will be on display for a week at The Hard Rock Cafe New York in Times Square starting Nov. 16. They also will be shown at the Museum of Style Icons in Ireland and at Julien's prior to the sale.
Julien's anticipates the sale could top $10 million. "It's really a once in a lifetime opportunity. Ringo will never do this again. They are the only items he's letting go," said auctioneer Darren Julien.
Exclusive Limited Time MasterClass With Tony Royster Jr. Announced
“Just like any masterclass setting, this material is intended to be very exclusive,” says Jared Falk of Drumeo.com. “It’s an opportunity to look behind the curtain and learn more about Tony as a drummer and person. Not everybody will get to have an experience like this, and I’m honored to be a part of it.”
The online masterclass includes three-hours of recorded videos and lessons with Tony Royster Jr. on getting started on the drums, independence, bass drum technique, double bass drumming, hand technique, the music business, better timing, linear drumming, rudiments, musicianship, playing with a bassist, and playing with a band.
Not Just A Lesson, But Prizes, Too: Something For The Fans
Students who register will receive a free signed 8" x 10" photograph of Tony Royster Jr., a Drumeo Edge 6-month access pass, and a pair of Drumeo-branded Vic Firth drumsticks.
Go to http://www.Drumeo.com/TRJ/ to sign up for the Tony Royster Jr. masterclass.
Get ready for an explosive apocalyptic blend of high-energy percussion, music, blood, rhythms and sparks! Blood Drums has been featured at over a dozen theme park theaters, fairs & Halloween events. Blood Drums has been running since 2010 and is seen by over 300 thousand guests per season.
Catch the world famous "Drum Ensemble Of The Year" in action exclusively at these 5 Halloween events:
- Knotfest (San Bernardino, CA)
- October 24
- Dorney Park (Allentown, PA)
- September 18-20, 25-27, October 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 23-25, 30-31, November 1
- Kings Dominion (Doswell, VA)
- Sept 25-26, Oct 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 23-25, 30-31
- Kings Island (Mason, OH)
- September 25-27, October 2-4, 9-11,16-18, 23-25, 30-31, November 1
- California’s Great America (Santa Clara, CA)
- September 25-27, October 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 23-25, 30-31, November 1
Fans in attendance will have the exclusive opportunity to purchase Street Drum Corps’ brand new “Blood Drums T-Shirt”. In addition to Street Drum Corps’ Blood Drums spine-tingling live shows, guests will enjoy an in-your-face scare experience complete with haunted mazes and world-class thrill rides.
Please Visit Blood Drums for more information.
How To Apply Your Vocabulary To The Drum Kit In A Musical Fashion
Whenever we conduct a survey at DRUM! and ask readers what they want to learn a lot of them will say "jazz." It makes sense. The jazz drumset vocabulary can widen the capabilities of most drummers, but playing it well is a black hole in the skill set of many players. Now the prolific Donny Gruendler, a killer drummer and Vice-President of Academic Affairs at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California, has written a new book that will help rock, pop, and R&B drummers get a better grip on jazz styles. is designed to help today's drummer learn the idiom quickly and efficiently, providing an in-depth study of how to authentically perform alongside a rhythm section within jazz's popular styles and forms.
This package includes a set of detailed charts, and each composition focuses on a particular musical form, drumset sound, solo concept, and comping approach. Genre relevant, drumset-based rudimental voicings, solo transcriptions, and simple brush patterns are also presented. After completing this study, the reader will be able to perform within a jazz ensemble - and sound like they belong there!
Jazz Drumming is part of the Essential Concepts series from Musicians Institute Press. The Essential Concepts series is designed from MI core curriculum programs, offering expert knowledge and experience for higher learning.
Jazz Drumming: How To Apply Your Vocabulary To The Drum Kit In A Musical Fashion. Hal Leonard Publishing. $19.95.