Introducing Elements With Nick Mason And Veronica Bellino
Elements is a new high-impact stage show built around percussion. It features the drumming of Nick Mason, a standout with Street Drum Corps and other productions, and ex-Jeff Beck drummer Veronica Bellino, also known for her work with Carmine Appice's SLAMM, Rob Balducci, DMC, and others. The production is inspired by the four elements: Earth, Air, Fire and Water. It features lots of spectacular drumming, of course, but also visual effects created by a variety of aerial and pyrotechnic stunts.
The Melodic Snare Drummer: A Rudimental Approach To Melodic Phrasing.
The Melodic Snare Drummer: A Rudimental Approach To Melodic Phrasing
By Ron Tierno
This new book by teacher Ron Tierno promises to spice up your playing and solos by employing rudiments to play melodies and melodic solos to songs, rather than playing a strict drum part. The material is aimed at intermediate to pro drummers who want to advance their skills.
The author says he began playing embellishing drum parts by playing the melody when he was searching for better practice material as a young pro in New York. He would write rudimental solos that went along with drum parts to songs from the '70s, such as funk and smooth jazz. that he was using as practice material. He would then transcribe his solos and use them as practice material. Over the years he had friends and acquaintances request copies of these works and incorporate them into their own practice routines. This was the genesis of the book.
Playing melodic solos definitely gives you some interesting practice material as well as the chance to work on incorporating rudimental skills into new formats. N can play the solos following the sheet music and have the option of playing along with pre-recorded tracks by legendary jazz guitarist George Benson. You can use inexpensive tempo-reducing apps to play the music at slower speeds to improve practice. Available at Amazon and other retailers as well as the author's web site.
Sheila E Plays Custom DW Prince Tribute Kit At BET Awards
Drummer/percussionist Sheila E played a one-of-a-kind DW custom kit as part of a special musical celebration honoring Prince at the BET Awards, June 26th at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. As a personal tribute to the Prince, Sheila E played a stunning gloss white drumset and matching timbales crafted in DW’s California Custom Shop and hand painted with Prince’s iconic “symbol” accented with multi-colored butterflies and finished with gold hardware. The art for the drums was inspired by Sheila E.’s recently inked tattoo commemorating the life of the multi-talented artist who passed away on April 21st.
“My instrument is the portal into which I pour my heart and soul. It allows me to express what I am feeling. This Sunday, I have the opportunity to share with the world so many of the emotions that I, and many others, have experienced in these past weeks since Prince’s passing. It will be part of our healing process and another step on the road that lies ahead.” – Sheila E.
Sheila E.’s electric performance of a medley of Prince classics including, “Erotic City,” “America” and “Baby I’m a Star” closed the evening’s award ceremony which also featured tributes from The Roots, Janelle Monae, Stevie Wonder and Jennifer Hudson among others.
Your Check-In Experience Will No Longer Be The Same.
Ibiza is one of the places in the world where music is undoubtedly the star. Paiste exclusively collaborated with the exterior design of the building by tastefully hanging their cymbals which really ties everything together. Incredible events have happened here such as Bob Marley´s concert in 1979, the premiere of Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé´s anthem “Barcelona”, the place where Mike Oldfield wrote Tubular Bells III, the Ibiza hippy parties in the 70´s, the trance raves in lost coves or the marathon sets from the best DJs in the world. Ibiza inspires and lives music in a special way, and this is reflected in Santos Dorado Suites.
Your check-in experience will no longer be the same. From now on you will always want your hotel reception to have a bar next to a swimming pool with a cocktail by the sea. This is Santos Dorado Suites, the continuation of the Santos Ibiza project, with larger suites and top quality facilities whilst following the musical line and Rock & Roll spirit of Santos.
“Love Me Tender”, the legendary Elvis Presley song, will be just one of names given to the suites in Santos Dorado, paying tribute to records that have been certified gold. The suites are spacious and taken care of to the minimum detail; featuring refrigerators and Marshall sound system, a bar where your Ibizan adventure will begin, king size beds to rest after dancing and a lounge overlooking the sea where you can go with the flow. These suites are for larger than life characters.
Sheila E. Scraps Dance Album To Honor Prince
After recieving the tragic news of Prince passing away, ex-fiance Sheila E. put her newest dance album on hold and decided to produce an album dedicated to Prince instead. The couple has worked together on previous Prince albums and Sheila E. provided percussion duties on recent Prince tours.“I decided to write a whole new album. And it feels right … It’s actually been a part of my healing now, trying to figure out what I was going to play and what would be okay to make sure I would get through it. But it’s going to be fun.”
For those who can't wait to hear the new album honoring Prince, you are in luck! Sheila’s new single “Girl Meets Boy” will be released the day after she participates in the upcoming Prince tribute at the BET Awards.