The Drums Also Waltzes

Here’s an excerpt from the drum clinic I did on february 17th at the cégep de Drummondville. You’ll hear Max Roach’s The Drums Also Waltzes. I’m basically playing a 3/4 ostinato with my feet and then, once the basic melody is played, I try to express myself over that pattern. I hope you’ll like it.

And for those of you who might be wondering what was the song I closed my clinic with, it is The Egg by bass player extraordinaire Antoine Fafard. It can be found on his record “Ad Perpetuum” which features the drumming madness of Vinnie Colaiuta. Get it here:

http://www.antoinefafard.com/adperpetuum.html

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Drum clinic february 17th at cégep de Drummondville

Good news! I’ll be doing my second drum clinic at the cégep de Drummondville on february 17th. My clinic is called: “The drum stroke mechanics” and I talk about various hand technique that have been helpful to me. This event will be very special to me as the cégep de Drummondville is where I did my college studies. Big thanks to Vic Firth, Evans Drumheads and Yamaha Drums and to Philippe Brochu who helped me putting this together. Oh yeah!

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Drum clinic november 20th at Italmélodie

Hi everybody!

I’ll be doing my first drum clinic november 20th at Italmélodie, this is pretty exciting! I call this clinic “The Drum Stroke Mechanics” and I’ll share various techniques that have helped me gain in fluidity and relaxation tremendously. I’ll also play a few solos and one song. The show will start at 7 pm and the entrance is free.Slide1

 

Some News From Me

Hi everybody! It’s been quite a while since I last updated my website’s front page. Sorry about that, I’ve been quite busy musically and I’ve also became a dad, which also takes quite some time.

Last autumn, I was lucky enough to get a grant to from le conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec to go study with John Riley in New York. What an experience! Right now, I still have one more lesson with John and I can say that studying with him has been really inspiring. I strongly encourage you to go meet your idols. Talking about idols, I also got the chance to study with Dave Weckl in his “Ond Day Intensive” classes. We were 12 students picking the brain of master Dave, again, truly inspiring. Being close to the greats drummers makes you want to go to the next level.

Now, I got to go practice all the stuff I’ve been working on with John and Dave. Lots of work ahead of me.

Stay tuned because I have some cool new things coming out for me. More details soon.

With my teacher, John Riley.
With my teacher, John Riley.

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My first text for Modern Drummer magazine

I’m very proud to tell you that my first text has now been published in the august 2013 edition of Modern Drummer magazine. I share exercises based on the groove Steve Gadd played on the tune “Sicily” by Chick Corea. My text is even mentionned on the cover as “12 samba grooves”. Needless to say, I’m very proud of that as I’ve been reading the magazine since I was a teen. The magazine is in stores right now so go get a copy and have fun reading it.

http://www.moderndrummer.com/12 samba grooves  page 1

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And here’s a video where I show how to play the exercises: