Yamaha: Advancing The Art Of Drumming For 45 Years

Company Creates Several Industry Standard Products; Continues Fruitful Collaborations With Musicians |Rochester drums | Examiner.com.

Since 1967, Yamaha Drums has set the standard for innovation in the drumming world. The process of manufacturing drum shells begins with select woods. Introducing precision processing that combined a staggered diagonal seam with the Air-Seal System, which puts even pressure on the shell’s inner surface to create a perfectly round shell with uniform thickness and excellent durability, Yamaha created a revolution in drum manufacturing.

From there, the company made its mark with the legendary Recording Custom set, known as the most recorded drum set in history, which established a pinnacle in sound and quality. Three years ago, Yamaha Drums introduced the flagship PHX kit, a hybrid shell that includes hard, resonant jatoba and kapur wood never before used in a drum kit. The PHX’s adoption by several of the world’s great drummers attests to its quality. Since then, Yamaha continues to introduce new products that excite drummers and music fans, including the Rock Tour, Club Custom and an overhauled Absolute line. Yamaha even re-designed its hardware to provide increased operability, stability and durability.

Hardware inventions include the hideaway cymbal boom arm, locking hi-hat clutch, a ball joint tom mount that rotates 360 degrees and interchangeable pipe diameters to provide maximum flexibility in hardware set-up. Yamaha high-performance lugs ensure ease of use and the Yamaha Enhanced Sustain System (YESS) creates a high-resonating shell. At this year’s NAMM show, Yamaha also introduces the new HexRack II, the lightest, strongest drum rack in the business.

Of course, Yamaha couldn’t do it alone: the company receives support, input and guidance from drumming legends and a huge list of well-respected performers and instructors from every genre of music, including Carter Beauford, Keith Carlock, Billy Cobham, Dave Garibaldi, Roy Haynes, Steve Gadd, Steve Jordan, Dafnis Prieto, ?uestlove and Dave Weckl.

“Created in conjunction with musicians, Yamaha Drums has never scrimped on the creation of its drums, including acoustically engineered designs and the skills of the company’s master craftsmen,” said David Jewell, marketing manager, Yamaha Drums, Pro Audio & Combo Division. “With the inspiration of our artists, Yamaha Drums will continue to our mission of blending new technology with rich history to create incomparable instruments and experiences far into the future.”

One of the most high-profile drummers that plays Yamaha Drums is Rochester, NY’s own Steve Gadd. According to his bio on Yamaha’s website,

“Steve Gadd is one of the most sought-after studio musicians, in the world.”

Gadd attended the Manhattan School of Music for two years, then finished at Eastman School of Music. Before that, he studied privately with Bill and Stanley Street and John Beck. He established himself with another Rochestarian, Chuck Mangione, then spent three years in the Army prior to coming to New York and doing studio work in 1971.

Steve Gadd is one of the most sought-after studio musicians, in the world. Regarded as the most influential drummer in contemporary music, Gadd can play anything, easily bridging different musical styles. His feel, technique, and musicality on such tunes as Paul Simon’s “Fifty Ways”, Steely Dan’s “Aja”, and Chick Corea’s “Nite Sprite” were so awe-inspiring and his concepts so innovative that they instantly assured his special position in the history of the percussive arts.

He rapidly rose to prominence on the studio scene and has since played with a wide variety of artists, including Carly Simon, Phoebe Snow, Aretha Franklin, Al DiMeola, Stanley Clarke, Rickie Lee Jones, Tom Scott, Frank Sinatra, and Stuff.

After a period of touring and recording with his own band, the Gadd Gang, he provided the spark that ignited Paul Simon’s South African inspired, Grammy Award-winning recordings and dynamic live touring band.

Today, Gadd is as busy as ever, balancing frequent recording dates with a hectic touring schedule. Some artists include Eric Clapton, David Sanborn, Marcus Miller, Joe Sample, and jazz piano virtuoso Michel Petrucciani.

For more information, write Yamaha Corporation of America, Pro Audio & Combo Division, P.O. Box 6600, Buena Park, CA 90622; telephone (714) 522-9011; e-mail infostation@yamaha.com or visit http://4wrd.it/yamahadrums.

Gruv Gear Supports Career Musicians Through Sweet Relief Musicians Funds – Rochester drums | Examiner.com

Gruv Gear Supports Career Musicians Through Sweet Relief Musicians Funds – Rochester drums | Examiner.com.

Gruv Gear, Orange County California-based designer and manufacturer of innovative utility

Gruv Gear Stadium Bag

carts, music products and accessories, announces its contribution and support to Sweet Relief Musicians Funds, an organization dedicated to help career musicians career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems, according to a press release from PRWeb,

Sweet Relief was founded by singer-songwriter Victoria Williams in 1993. Victoria, while on a career-making tour with Neil Young was forced to leave the tour in mid-schedule after experiencing unexplained debilitating symptoms. A long and painful diagnostic process revealed she had multiple sclerosis.

A group of friends assembled an all-star album of Victoria’s songs, Sweet Relief, which alleviated much of her medical debt. The line-up included Pearl Jam, Lou Reed, Maria McKee, Soul Asylum, Lucinda Williams and others.

Williams new that there were many musicians in her situation – unable to afford medical expenses and compromised in their ability to work. She donated some of her proceeds from the album to found Sweet Relief Musicians Fund. Williams is listed on the Sweet Relief’s website, as a board member, along with an impressive roster of people, many with ties to the music industry.

Gruv Gear’s contribution of its top-of-the-line multi-use backpack for traveling musicians, the Stadium Bag, was a well-appreciated gift to the cause “As a musician, I’m well aware how much we rely on our main tools… Our hands, our minds, our health” says Jay Baldemor, President of Gruv Gear.

“Any disability or health issues directly affect our performance, and for many, their careers and livelihood. Sweet Relief has created an amazing program where everyone can take part and lend support, from large acts including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dave Matthews Band, and Cold Play. We’re honored to be a part of this effort.”

Sweet Relief has a local Rochester, NY connection. Matthew Kaplan, an attorney from New Jersey, is on the board of Sweet Relief. Kaplan, whose legal practice represents musical acts, studied music at the Eastman School of Music, in Rochester.

For more information on multiple sclerosis in the Rochester area, please contact the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Upstate New York Chapter.Currently, the Upstate New York Chapter is nationally recognized as a leader in providing comprehensive service programs for nearly 12,000 people with MS and their families in 50 counties.

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DW Upgrades Industry Standard 5000 Pedals

Drum Workshop, Inc. has recently announced upgrades to its industry-­standard line of 5000 bass drum pedals.

DW5000 Bass Drum Pedal

Among the improvements to the new 5000AD4 pedals are a Tri-Pivot toe clamp that includes 3 self-­adjusting rubber-­coated pads that securely anchors the pedal to a variety of bass drum counter hoop sizes, a Dual-Spring Rocker that improves the feel and recoil of the pedal and a non-skid rubber pad under the base plate designed for wood, carpet and other playing surfaces. DW Director of Research and Development, Rich Sikra, comments, “This pedal has had incredible longevity in the marketplace and part of the reason for that is that we’re always improving the pedal’s functionality. There’s a world of difference between this latest incarnation of the 5000 and the pedal that became popular in the 70s and 80s. Of course, if you still want the original design, we offer our 6000 Series pedals. We’re always thinking about how we can make these pedals better. How can we make a product that can further the art of drumming? We think this new 5000 is our best yet.”

Other standard features include, Delta ball-­bearing hinge, 101 2-way beater, light-weight aluminum base plate, Turbo or Accelerator dual-chain and sprocket drive cam, single post casting (5002), precision universal joint (5002), road-worthy all-metal construction and more.

5002 pedals include a free, upgraded ballistic nylon pedal case and all DW pedals include a limited 5 year warranty.

DW Founder, Don Lombardi, comments about his flagship product, “Our company was basically founded on the 5000 pedal and we’ve

5000 Double Bass Drum Pedals

always considered ourselves a pedal company first. I’m really proud of this new pedal and we’ve only improved upon an already good thing. We were really careful not to reinvent the wheel. Drummers are really comfortable with this pedal, so we wanted to maintain the basic feel and keep it as reliable as ever.”

The 5000AD4 Series single pedal retails for $316.99 and the 5002AD4 Double version retails for $699.99.

For further information head over to www.dwdrums.com.

ArtistWorks Launches Online Drum Schools with Top Drummers Billy Cobham and Thomas Lang

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San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) December 08, 2011

Napa California-based music education technology company ArtistWorks has opened the ArtistWorks Drum Academy today with the launch of online drum schools from two of the world’s top drummers: world-renowned fusion and jazz drumming legend Billy Cobham and rock drumming superstar Thomas Lang. Both the Billy Cobham School of Drums and the Thomas Lang School of Drums utilize ArtistWorks’ patent-pending video technology, enabling drummers around the world to receive personalized video feedback and take online drum lessons to an unprecedented new level. In addition, the ArtistWorks Drum Academy will offer a new unique drum looping tool on all video lessons, enabling students a chance to isolate and loop segments until they grasp the material.

“We firmly believe that a passion for playing music is fueled by an interactive environment where Artist Instructors can individually address each students needs, as well as allow students to interact with each other,” says ArtistWorks founder, David Butler. “We are proud to offer students unparalleled, direct access to the world’s best players regardless of their geographic location or skill level,”

The Thomas Lang School of Drums and the Billy Cobham School of Drums contain hundreds of high-quality video drumming lessons that start at a fundamental level of how to play drums and gradually progress to the advanced level. Unlike other static learning methods seen before on DVD or other websites, the ArtistWorks Drum Academy uses ArtistWorks’ groundbreaking Video Exchange™ technology which is currently revolutionizing music education. All of ArtistWorks’ schools take full advantage of high-resolution video, multi-angle camera view selection, cutting-edge social media tools, and the Internet’s vast interactive capabilities to create a robust learning environment. Not only do the schools offer hundreds of real-time and slow motion lessons available 24/7, they enable teaching through personalized video exchanges to drummers all over the world.

Award-winning drumming superstar Thomas Lang is a founding member of the progressive heavy metal trio st0rk, and has worked with artists such as Asia, John Wetton and Vienna Art Orchestra among others. Lang is widely considered to be one of the most talented and technically proficient drummers in the world and was named #13 on Rhythm magazine’s list of “Top Drummers of the Past 25 Years” .

“Learning should be an organic, multi-dimensional experience and with the ArtistWorks Drum Academy students get the benefit of social interaction as well as direct, personal instruction.” – Thomas Lang

Legendary jazz drummer, bandleader and composer Billy Cobham played with Miles Davis, Jack Bruce, and Bobby and the Midnights among others. Cobham, along with John McLaughlin, Rick Laird and Jan Hammer is a founding member of the famed Mahavishnu Orchestra. Cobham has performed, recorded, and produced at the World of Music, Arts and Dance (WOMAD) with Peter Gabriel and currently serves as an Official Patron of WOMAD. With his legendary drumming style that combines exacting precision and explosive power, Cobham is generally considered to be jazz-fusion’s greatest and most influential drummer.

“I’m very pleased that I now have the ability to work with so many students in such a unique and fun way,” says Cobham. “Students support each other while everyone explores all of the lessons. There is an environment of camaraderie and unity that is essential to learning. This is incredibly exciting.”- Billy Cobham

The Thomas Lang School of Drums and the Billy Cobham School of Drums debuts December 8th and are open to drummers of all levels of proficiency. The Luis Conte School of Percussion will be added in 2012. Student membership plans are reasonably priced per school at $90.00 for 3 months, $150.00 for 6 months, and $240.00 for a 12-month subscription.

Founded in 2008 by former AOL executive David Butler, ArtistWorks’ visual education format allows hand-selected musicians to teach students all over the world by presenting their full method in a series of high-quality video lessons online. Students are able to submit videos to their teachers for custom and personalized critique and guidance – creating an individualized educational experience. ArtistWorks currently offers curriculums from such world-class, virtuoso artists as: Andreas Oberg (jazz guitar lessons); Howard Levy (harmonica lessons); Martin Taylor (fingerstyle guitar lessons); DJ Qbert (DJ lessons); Christie Peery (piano lessons); and the ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass with Tony Trischka (banjo lessons), Mike Marshall (mandolin lessons), Darol Anger (fiddle lessons), Bryan Sutton (guitar lessons), Missy Raines (bass lessons), and Andy Hall (dobro lessons).

For an exclusive preview, please visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfzSf3aO_SI

For more information please visit: http://www.artistworksdrumacademy.com

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Guns N’ Roses Drummer – Reunion Show Unlikely at R&R HOF

Adler's Appetite

As reported elsewhere,  Guns N’ Roses has been inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, and Steven Adler is looking forward to the induction. However, the their former stick man isn’t holding his breath for a reunion.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Steven Adler doesn’t feel that the entire original lineup would even attend the ceremony.

“Absolutely not. But, as far as I know, there is a God and a higher power, and it’s possible. Unfortunately, I don’t foresee it. You figure that time could heal all wounds, but some people just really hold a crazy grudge”.

He went on to say that he didn’t believe that GNR frontman Axl Rose even remembered why he fell out with Slash in the first place, but that isn’t going to get in the way of Axl holding onto his grudge.

He continued, “The real shame about the ending of the Guns N’ Roses when I got kicked out wasn’t just that I got kicked out, but Slash and Axl stopped working together. They are the Keith Richards and the Mick Jagger! For 20 years, because of some stupid grudge, which I guarantee you that neither of them could even tell you what it was. They don’t even know! I just had lunch with Slash two days ago. He loves Axl. He holds no grudges towards him. Twenty years of great music wasn’t created because of some stupid grudge”.

Although Axl seems to be on the outs with Slash, Adler says that he and Rose have no beef, and he’s even reached out to him and offered to play on a few of the GNR tour dates.GUNS N' ROSES (Richard Fortus, Izzy Stradlin a...

“I’ve been reading his Tweets about all the shows he’s been doing in the same states. My brother e-mailed his manager to see if I could come play a song. I had him do it twice, and he has not returned the e-mail. He can’t be mad at me!”

So, if all five members do show up,  is there a small chance that a reunion show will happen? According to Adler, maybe, if Axl is down for it.

“I know that Duff and Slash will show up. They’re basically normal human beings. Izzy is a gypsy. He’s happy doing his own thing and he lives life to the fullest. Izzy is one of my heroes. I look up to him more than anybody. Steven Tyler and Izzy are the two coolest people that I’ve ever met or ever wanted to be influenced by,” he said.

“But Axl…it would mean so much to me. I personally just want to finish what I started with those jack-offs. We started off something, let’s end the career playing together, at least once.”

While an impromptu reunion seems unlikely, it would be safe to say,  most fans are still hoping that one day the original lineup will take the stage again. The induction ceremony will take place the Hall of Fame on April 14 in Cleveland.

Drum Channel Offers Special “Members Only” Exclusive Rush Track “YYZ” With Isolated Drums PLUS Neil Peart Interview

Drum Channel and Jammit announce a special promotion offering exclusive free access to the Rush Track “YYZ available only to Drum Channel members.

Jammit allows users to isolate the drums from the rest of the instruments on the legendary “YYZ” track, learn the track and then record your own version. The promotion allows signed up members of Drum Channel to get the song free and download a free Neil Peart interview at the same time.and record your own before sending it to your friends or teacher.

“YYZ” is one of Rush’s most iconic instrumental tracks, featured on their album Moving Pictures and a staple for their live shows. Neil has received numerous awards for his musical performances and is known for his technical proficiency, stamina and drum solos, characterized by complex arrangements and long, intricate passages in odd time signatures.

This members-only opportunity from Drum Channel will enable you to clearly see how Neil Peart performs the Grammy award nominated track “YYZ”. If you are already a Drum Channel member, simply log in. If you are not a member join now. Not only will you get access to this fabulous Jammit offer, you will also have access to over one hundred and fifty hours of drum lessons, over one hundred hours of shows, jams and bands with lots more added English: Neil Peart of Rush live in concert at...on a weekly basis. You will also find live lessons, be able to get feedback from the Pro’s on your playing, and if you subscribe for 12 months with the holiday special you will get two Drum Channel DVDs. To get jamming to “YYZ”, visit DrumChannel.com.

DRUMLITE – Bright Gift Idea for Your Favorite Drummer

Are you looking for a great gift idea for that special drummer on your list? Look no further than DrumLite!

Jeff Sevaldson and Joey Nesbitt, of iW Drums, manufacture and sell wireless remote lighting kits for drums. Using the same RGB technology that professional LED lighting kits use, DrumLite offers a complete DIY package to outfit your drums! They focus on making your kit so you can focus on your drumming passion. No need to search for the best quality parts, no hassle trying to figure out wiring, and no need to spend thousands of dollars for someone else to install it.

All DrumLite kits feature quick plug ‘n’ play setup. No soldering. No drilling. No cutting. Simply install the adhesive-backed LED drum light strips on the inside of your

drum shell (acrylic or wood) and run the cables through your drum’s air vent hole.  Make a few quick connections and you’re ready to go!  The 24 button, 4 function wireless remote allows you to change the color, pattern, and intensity for unlimited drum lighting effects!

Jeff and Joey, the company’s only two employees, decided to launch iW Drums in May – one month after they conceived the idea. Being drummers and broke college students at the time (Jeff has now graduated and Joey is a current senior, both from the University of St. Thomas), they were looking for a way to make a couple of bucks and take their stage presence to the next level. After generating lots of buzz by putting the lighting systems into their own kits, they decided to make these kits available to others and start their own business before they even graduated college. Located in St. Paul, Minnesota, they can be reached via their website: iwdrum.com

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Drum Legends Terry Bozzio, Josh Freese, Dennis Chambers, Mike Portnoy, and More To Perform At Guitar Center’s Drum Off

According to Modern Drummer Magazine‘s website, there will be a start studded lineup of drumming greats on hand at Guitar Center’s 2011 Drum Off Grand Finals.

Stephen Perkins, of Jane’s Addiction, will the host Drum-Off.  It will feature exclusive performances by world-class drummers including Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa, Missing Persons), Josh Freese (Nine Inch Nails, Devo, A Perfect Circle, Weezer), Dennis Chambers (Santana, Parliament/Funkadelic), Aaron Spears (Alicia Keys, Usher), Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Avenged Sevenfold) and Ilan Rubin (Angels & Airwaves, Nine Inch Nails).

The real stars of the show, however, will be the Top Five Undiscovered Drummers in the Country. They were chosen at the five regional finals, held in Brooklyn, NY, Arlington Heights, IL, Hallandale, FL, Houston, TX and Hollywood, CA. The competition has helped launched the careers of Cora Coleman-Dunham (Prince, Beyoncé), Tony Royster Jr (Jay-Z), Thomas Pridgen (The Mars Volta) and Eric Moore (Suicidal Tendencies).

The Drum Off will  be held on January 14, 2012 at Club Nokia, 800 W Olympic Blvd # 335, Los Angeles, CA 90015.

Guitar Center Drum-Off is presented by: DW, Remo, Pro-Mark, Sabian, Roland, Modern Drummer, Converse, Meinl, LP, Evans, Vic Firth, Zildjian, Gretsch, Pearl, Tama, OCDP, and Audix

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