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Beyond the Drum Kit

by Omar on May 13, 2009

in Editorials

Over the last few months, I've been making attempts to reach out to other drummers in the music community, through various forums and the like.  I've tried to write articles relating to drumming that are interesting, at least to me, and hopefully to the rest of drum-world.  But you never know who you'll meet.

I've always had a keen interest in the drum kit side of percussion.  Growing up in a Latin family, where music such as merengue, bachata, and salsa were prevalent, percussion was a given.  Congas, bongos, cowbell, guira, etc.  But as much as I liked the music, this type of percussion was not very appealing to me.  I was always drawn to the drum kit.  When I saw drummers such as Peter Criss, Bun E. Carlos, and the like, all that went through my head was "I want to play those!"

If you peruse, the drum kit for sure is what is most emphasized.  However, I want to expand my kit to include more percussion-type pieces, even if it means replicating those sounds via a pad sampler.  My reference drummer uses many percussion items in his kit, and that definitely influences the direction I want to take my kit.

As I ponder these things continuously, as I mentioned at the beginning, I've been making small strides in meeting people in the music industry with similar interests as my own.  One vehicle I've used (and am using) is Twitter.  I don't have to go into the popularity of Twitter and the millions of users there, but like I said, you never know who you'll meet.

One person I 'met' on Twitter is new age artist Marcomé.  She's a Canadian-based singer, with a beautiful ethereal voice.  The funny thing about Twitter, at least in my case, is that I really don't remember how I meet most of the people I come in contact with there, but some bear fruit.  Marcomé was very generous in allowing me to write an article exclusively for her blog.  Of course, in listening to her music, I didn't think that her audience would appreciate an article based solely on the drum kit.  So percussion comes full circle!

New Age isn't bursting with percussion, compared to, say, Rock, but it's definitely there.  Percussion can be said to be the framework of all music, so that is the premise I used for the article titled "The Many Faces of Percussion".  I tried to make it appealing to lovers of all kinds of music.  Let her know what you think of the article!  While you're there, check out other sections of Marcomé's web site.  She truly is an exceptional singer and musician.  For a great interview of Marcomé, go to her interviews page for a closer look at her and her music.

In the meantime, I continue to try to expand my percussive horizons, and hope you all come along for the ride.  Enjoy!

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Tony August 17, 2009 at 9:53 am

Great article you posted to Marcome’s blog.

I love Latin Rhythms, also many African Rhythms (where a lot of them originated of course), and many Rock Rhythms too.

Some of the drum duets between Phil Collins and Chester Thompson, or Pierre Van Der Linden (ex Focus) are little short of amazing.


Omar August 17, 2009 at 10:25 am

Hi Tony.

Indeed, I’ve heard the Collins/Thompson duet – very impressive. And thanks for the props on the Marcomé blog post. I loved writing it!


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