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Category: "Percussion"

Get Back On and Ride

  01/21/11 17:56, by , Categories: Guitar, BFMN Exclusive, Percussion, Laura Williams, One Thin Paradigm , Tags: 12-string, bfmn exclusive, dan grigor, hearing loss, laura williams, one thin paradigm

One Thin Paradigm by Laura Williams

If you’re here perusing the offerings of BFMN, I think it’s safe to say you love music. You might even be a musician, or someone who loves one. My name is Laura Williams and I’m a former partner of DanG, currently not playing music at all due to a severe hearing loss that obliterated my desire to play as well as my enjoyment.

I began playing guitar when I was 12 or so, taking lessons at a nearby music store on a nice old twelve-string. I wasn’t interested in theory or learning classical style, so I just told my instructor to teach me certain songs. I caught on quickly and it was no more than six months later when the poor guy finally said he could teach me nothing more. Not that I was a prodigy or anything, but with the restrictions I gave him on what I wanted to learn, he could do nothing else but end the relationship. It didn’t faze me. I went on to teach myself whatever song I wanted to learn, my catalogue growing steadily and my friends, teachers and family tolerating it all.

Click through for the story, a song and a word from the publisher

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Zach Rask Wins Louis Armstrong Jazz Award

  05/27/10 21:13, by , Categories: Music News, Percussion, Featured Artist, Awesome Nobodies , Tags: dan grigor, led zeppelin, louis armstrong, moby dick, rural oddities, zach rask

Zach Rask Winner  Louis Armstrong Jazz Award 2010

Tony Bennett once said, “The bottom line of any country in the world is ‘What did we contribute to the world?’ … We contributed Louis Armstrong.”

As if we had anything to do with it, contribute we did. We liked him, that’s how. We bought his records and watched his shows. He quickly became a founding father of Jazz. His influence and impact on the world of music is universal and will be felt forever. He quite literally changed the landscape of the musical world, making it infinitely more beautiful. Somehow, while remaining a humble working horn player he made millions of us smile. Satchmo made me smile for another reason just the other day. Let me explain.

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Interview with Drum Circle Facilitator Arthur Hull

  04/20/10 00:13, by , Categories: NAMM 2010, BFMN Exclusive, Percussion, Artist Interview , Tags: arthur hull, barefootmusicnews, dangrigor, drum circle, hippie hill, namm, remo drum company
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by Danielle Grigor

This is Part Three in our series on Drum Circles, the people who lead and equip them, and the healing and uniting effects of rhythm in life.  (Here is Part One and Part Two.)

Famed drum circle facilitator Arthur Hull took some time from editing his latest book (more on that as it approaches publication) to answer more questions and share some stories of his time in the drum circle movement. Here is a little more background from the man regarded by many as the father of the modern community drum circle movement.

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Grateful Drummer Hart Gives Back in "Heartbeat for Haiti" Benefit Concert

  02/13/10 15:30, by , Categories: Welcome, NAMM 2010, Percussion , Tags: barefootmusicnews, dan grigor, drum circle, grateful dead, mickey hart, remo

Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart is organizing a “Heartbeat for Haiti” benefit concert Feb. 13 at the Fillmore in San Francisco. As part of the benefit, there will be a silent auction hosted by Mountain Girl. The entire list can be viewed at

In 1994 Mickey was inducted with The Grateful Dead into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In addition to nearly three decades as part of the extraordinary being known as the “Grateful Dead,” Mickey has long been a student of percussion sounds and the unique cultures that produce them.

Mickey Hart has recorded a number of albums and has written four books documenting his lifelong fascination with the history and mythology of music. He has tirelessly pursued his investigation into the connection between healing and rhythm, and the neural bases of rhythm, as well as working to preserve sounds and music from around the globe.

A drum circle, according to Mickey, is “A huge jam session. The ultimate goal is not precise rhythmic articulation or perfection of patterned structure, but the ability to entrain and reach the state of a group mind. It is built on cooperation in the groove, but with little reference to any classic styles. So this is a work in constant progress, a phenomenon of the new rhythm culture emerging here in the West.”

Look for videos and follow-up soon from BareFootMusicNews‘ coverage of the NAMM2010 All-Industry Drum Circle, equipped by Remo Drum Company and led by facilitators Arthur Hull and Christine Stevens.

Click here for the NAMM2010 All-Industry Drum Circle Video Trailer.

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