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Interview With Rodney Holmes | Drumeo Podcast | Episode #39

Rodney Holmes is a multiple Grammy Award winner, having worked with the likes of Carlos Santana, Steve Lukather, the Brecker Brothers, Wayne Shorter, Maceo Parker, Rob Thomas, Al Jarreau, Paul Gilbert, and Steps Ahead, among many others. In this episode, you’ll learn more about Rodney’s journey: how he got started playing drums, how he developed his skills, his thoughts on drumming education, as well as how he got to play with Santana and what it was like to record “Smooth”.

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Michael Jackson’s Drummer Jonathan Moffett Performs “Jam”

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A few weeks ago we released Jonathan “Sugarfoot” Moffett performing “Beat It” by Michael Jackson and it’s almost at 1 million views! To celebrate here’s another tune that I’m sure you’re gonna dig. “Jam” is the fourth single off Michael Jackson’s 1991 album Dangerous.

About Jonathan:
Jonathan “Sugarfoot” Moffett has recorded and/or toured with some of the greatest pop artists of our time, including Elton John, Janet Jackson, The Jacksons, Cameo, Lionel Richie, George Michael, Kenny G, Doug Miller, Peter Cetera, Bill Meyers, and Cirque du Soleil, besides guest appearing at popular television shows like The Tonight Show, Good Morning America, Saturday Night Live, and The Arsenio Hall Show.

Among his biggest musical feats, none come close to his extensive work with the all-time greatest pop artists of the last 100 years: Madonna and Michael Jackson. Jonathan toured extensively with Madonna and recorded drums for several of her albums, including “True Blue” and “Like A Prayer”. As for the king of pop himself, Jonathan was his drummer for The Destiny Tour, Triumph Tour, Victory Tour, 1988 Grammy Awards with Michael, HIStory Tour, Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration, This Is It, & Cirque’s Immortal World Tour.

Interview With Luke Holland | Drumeo Podcast | Episode #38

In this episode, YouTube superstar Luke Holland will be interviewed about his drumming career and outlook on drumming and music. This is a great opportunity for you to get to know Luke a little bit better, learn about what makes him tick as a musician and how he got so successful on YouTube.

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How To Play With More Power On The Drums (Feet Edition)

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It can be hard to play loud bass drum strokes if you’re a small drummer! To combat this, Senri focused extensively on making sure she’s able to get as much volume as she wants from the bass drum throughout her years of playing – and she’s here to pass on her findings to you in this lesson.

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Hi everyone, I’m Senri Kawaguchi. The topic for today is, as you can see I am a small girl with not very much muscle. So for you people our there with the same struggle, I want to share my tips of how I play powerful without using much power.

Let’s talk about how I use my feet. My body weight isn’t very heavy, therefore just regular pedaling wouldn’t be loud enough! I’m assuming there are people with the same issue. I have been experimenting on how to make the sound loud since I was little. I would like to share something I have discovered during the experimentation. One important point to this technique is, make sure you are using a pedal that is comfortable. Today I am here in Vancouver, Canada. I brought my own pedals over from Japan. I use Yamaha Direct Drive pedals. Please use a pedal that is comfortable for you to begin with. The pedal needs to be comfortable for you to give a good and consistent performance.

The next important thing is the height of your stool. My thigh is slightly angled down from by body towards my feet. So adjust your stool to that height. The reason for this is that playing heel down wouldn’t be loud enough. Think of it like you are kicking the pedal itself. I do this to get more volume. I hope you can see now I am doing this. Before the beater attacks the head, you can hear a snap sound of my shoes kicking the pedal. The snap sound is coming out because of the way I kick the pedal plate itself. Just how when I play with my hands it is a very fast motion, I do the same with my feet. That is how I have developed my playing over the years. Kicking the pedal plate itself is actually very practical for your playing. For example, I play prog or metal music often. My pedal technique comes in really handy in those cases, let me show you an example.

So kicking the pedal can gain more speed, therefore your fast and technical phrases are consistent. You can do the same with with double pedals. So please make sure that your left and right feet are both even, and that your pedal tension is tuned to your liking. Then as I mentioned before, set your stool at the correct height. Thighs pointing down. Finally, practice kicking the pedal plate. Kick away the pedal and hopefully you will be more powerful.

Please give it a try!

About Senri:
With over 40 million views on YouTube, Senri Kawaguchi has swept the world with her incredible musicianship and mastery of the drum-set. Her phenomenal rise to fame has earned her accolades from the drumming community, being selected as one of the top-500 drummers in the world by Drummerworld and as the cover artist for an issue of Drumhead magazine.

Senri has also released three albums as a solo artist and as part of Kiyo*Sen and has worked with a varied selection of world-class musicians such as David Sanborn, Bootsy Collins, Lee Ritenour, E-girls, Philip Seth and Guthrie Govan.