Friday, 19 August 2016

May/June Updates

At the beginning of May I managed to book in a lesson with the legendary Craig Blundell (Frost/Steven Wilson) at his home studio in Bedford. Craig is regarded as one of the leading educators and clinicians in the UK and is somebody that I have admired for a long time now. The fact that he still takes time out of his crazy busy touring schedule to teach one-to-one lessons is a testiment to his enthusiasm to help fellow drummers progress.
After the short trip to Bedford, Craig welcomed me in with a cup of tea (always a good sign) sat me down and asked what I was there for. In short, we all need inspiration and sometimes a little nudge to get us motivated and back up running again. No matter what our age, abillity or length of time playing is, the key is never to stagnate and become complacent with where you are. Always push yourself, always try to get outside of your comfort zone.
Within that two hours, I was thrusted material after material that made me uncomfortable (in a good way) He picked up on my weakness' (and very sweetly gave me some compliments!) and made me think about playing in ways I had never thought of before. I love finding weakness' it means you know what to practice on, and oh boy have I been practicing a lot more since that lesson.
I would like to thank Craig for his patience, enthusiasm and knowledge, those two hours really were a game changer for me and I'm looking forward to heading back down to you to show your my progress soon.
Me and Craig Blundell.
Southport EP released
Very excited to say that the Southport EP I recorded a couple of months back has been released. I do believe this is the first thing I've played on that has had a Japanese release. It's out on the amazing Fixing A Hole records and can be ordered here. They were also kind enough to send me a few copies wrapped up in Japanese newspaper! Thanks again to everyone involved and especially Simon Wells for inviting me to play on this, it was an absolute pleasure to work with you.

Teaching in June just seemed to explode with plenty of new faces being somehow wedged around my already full timetable of students. I feel so humbled everytime someone phones or emails me about lessons and I hope I can repay with the knowledge and experience that I've gained over the last 20 years (yikes) of playing. So thank you to everyone who has had or continues to have lessons with me, it means the world. And also good luck to everyone who is about to take their Grade exams!