IGN’s Top 25 Jazz Albums

Posted on February 11th, 2007 by Adam.
Categories: classics, jazz.

Start here.

I don’t agree with all of them, but would have all of their top 5 in my top ten.

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Recording drums

Posted on February 9th, 2007 by Adam.
Categories: audio, rock.

Not bad, for recording drums on a budget. He has some good detail on mics and setup, too. For rock drums, it sounds pretty good. Not so sure it’d work as well for jazz, though.

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Fastest doesn’t equal best

Posted on February 8th, 2007 by Adam.
Categories: video.

The idea of being named the ‘fastest drummer’ doesn’t mean squat if it means playing with crummy technique and crappy sound. When you hear one of them say that at 40 seconds it starts to hurt, assume their technique sucks.

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Play the Drums; Raise IQ

Posted on February 6th, 2007 by Adam.
Categories: news.

drum photoA Canadian study proves what I already know: Playing the drums makes you smarter.

According to the study by E. Glenn Shallenberg at the University of Toronto, IQ test scores of 6-year-old children significantly improved after receiving drum lessons. Shallenberg recruited a group of 144 six (6) year olds and separated them into 4 groups: those receiving drum lessons, voice lessons, drama lessons and no lessons. Children receiving the drum lessons showed significant improvement in their IQ tests, gaining an average of 7 IQ points. Meanwhile, children receiving voice lessons increased 6 points, those receiving drama lessons increased 5 points and children receiving no lessons improved 4 points. In his article in Psychological Science, Shallenberg concluded that musical training, in particular, was responsible for the extra IQ points.

Interesting that the drummers showed the highest gain in IQ points. But not surprising. 😉

And as an extra added bonus, studies have also shown that drumming can boost the immune system, too.

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Wii Drum Machine

Posted on February 3rd, 2007 by Adam.
Categories: video.

When I have time, I’m going to give this a try. It could be amazing.

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