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:

Here are a few new videos from my youtube account.

Hello everybody! I recently added some new clips to my youtube page. You can see them by following the link underneath.

Here’s a clip where I’m improvising some grooves with my brand new Gretsch Catalina Club jazz kit. It has much more bottom end than what we could expect from a small kit like that.

In that clip, I’m playing the first three pages of the Stick Control book. For those of you who don’t know that book, it’s really worth checking as it’s full of good exercises for drummers

I started exploring the possibilities of playing the well known 5-6-7 strokes rolls by using single strokes instead of the usual double strokes. This routine can be found in Alan Dawson’s Rudimental Ritual.

I’ll now be a collaborator to canadian drum magazine, Drums Etc.

I’ll be publishing soon a text for canadian drum magazine, Drums Etc. where I’ll be talking about ways to improve our practice sessions. I hope that you’ll find this information valuable to you and that it’ll help you be more effective when you spend time behind your kit. I’ll let you know as soon as I get a date of publication, hopefully soon. Take care and keep practicing!