Phill Colins

Philip Collins, born 30 January 1951, is an English singer-songwriter, drummer, pianist and actor best known as a drummer and vocalist for the British progressive rock group Genesis and as a solo artist.
In my opinion he is a mastermind of the music industry, and also one of the richest of the British music industry.
Phil Collins is also an artist who is concerned about world problems, resulting in his participation in  several solidarity events such as the Day of Rock 2010 to battle the hunger issue in Ethiopia.

Phil Collins begins its carrier in Genesis, but he is also an amazing solo singer and he writes some deep full songs about the most common problems of our societies.
In the drums world, he is an incredible artist as shown on this youtube video.

Benefit For Levon Helm

Levon Helm is missed, but not forgotten. And now a number of well-known musicians have banded together to stage the “Love For Levon” benefit concert on October 3, to raise money for his estate and legendary Midnight Ramble concert series.

Levon Helm died on April 19, 2012, with cancer, in Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
On April 17, 2012, Helm's wife Sandy and daughter Amy revealed that Helm had end-stage cancer. 
They posted the following message on Helm's website:

"Dear Friends,
Levon is in the final stages of his battle with cancer. Please send your prayers and love to him as he makes his way through this part of his journey.
Thank you fans and music lovers who have made his life so filled with joy and celebration... he has loved nothing more than to play, to fill the room up with music, lay down the back beat, and make the people dance! He did it every time he took the stage...
We appreciate all the love and support and concern."
From his daughter Amy, and wife Sandy

Avenged Sevenfold new drummer

The band was formed in 1999 in California, and for many years the responsible for the drum machine was The Rev.

The year was 2009, and James "The Rev" Sullivan was found dead in his appartment, purportedly by nature causes, but several toxic substances were found in his body.
After this unliked event,  Mike Portnoy took the Avenged Sevenfold's drumsticks and played in the band for one year. Mike Portnoy played in A7X only for a year because it was planned like that.

With the 2011 tour on the way, no one knew who were the next drummer of A7X. The name of Arin Ilejay didn't took a long time to came up and till the present date he his the currently drummer of Avenged Sevenfold, and he impressed not only the band, but he revive a bit of what the rev had done before.

[Quote of the day] Buddy Rich

"But primarily, the drummer's supposed to sit back there and swing the band"

Back to business

I am very sorry for the short content in the past weeks, but I had several exams at the university that took me the time to write on my blog.
I prepared some post and im releasing them very soon. Stay tunned.

David Eric Grohl

David Eric Grohl a.k.a. Dave Grohl born January 14, 1969.
Most of you may know him because of the band Foo Fighters where he is the lead vocalist, guitarist and song writer. He is also the founder of the band; basically he is kind of a one show man.
But the reason I am talking about him, it´s because of another band which most of you know at least by name, Nirvana.

 Yes Dave Grohl was Nirvana´s drummer and yes it is the Legendary grunge band Nirvana I am talking about.
One has to admit Dave is one of those amazing cases, he was part of a legendary band (Nirvana) and he also founded another successful band (Foo Fighters).

Dave you are the man.

Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr was born the 7 July 1940 in Liverpool, and his real name is Richard Starkey. He joined The Beatles in 1962, were he gain fame and respect. Beside being a musician he is also an actor. As a drummer,  Starr described himself as "your basic offbeat drummer with funny fills".

"I've never been able to sit round on my own and play drums, practice in the back room, never been able to. I've always played with other musicians. It`s how I play, there`s no joy for me in playing on my own, bashing away. I need a bass, a piano, guitar, whatever, and then I can play" - Ringo Starr

Gavin Harrison - Porcupine Tree

Do you know the drummer Gavin Harrison? I didn't until now and I am tremendously ashamed for that. How could I not know a drummer like this one? He plays the drums at the Band PorcupineTree since 2002. He also plays with KingCrimson as guest drummer. I strongly recommend you to check out these bands.

Gavin Harrison was considered the best progressive drummer 4 years in a row from 2007 to 2010, by the magazine Modern Drummer. He has various instructional  books and DVD’s that you can check out in his website. Don’t forget to listen to his own CD’s in collaboration with 05Ric.
Stay tuned with this awesome video from Porcupine Tree. The song is Hatesong. As you should know this is not my favorite type of music but we have to show what’s good and in this song we can see a very good Gavin Harrison performance.

What is percussion ?

As I continue to develop this blog, I've been asked to explain what is percussion.
To answer this question I will try make some interviews with amateur percussionists, professional percussionists and some groups.

The definition of percussion in the music world is the section of a band or orchestra composed of percussion instruments. But percussion is more than that. Percussion is a passion for music, for rhythm. In my opinion, percussion is the base for all the music.

Me in Bomboémia @ Arredas folk fest 2010

World percussion: Portugal (part I)

Today I bring you guys my knowloge about portuguese percussion. The root of portuguese drumming is an instrument called Bombo. In festivals, usualy a group of Zes Pereiras plays in the morning waking up the villagers.

In the Miranda do Douro region there is a special type of drumming group called Pauliteiros de Miranda. They are known because of wearing skirts and playing with sticks. Usualy they do some funny performances with some skilled moves.

As for major percussion events, once a year, Toca a rufar - a project started by Rui Junior to take the kids out of the streat and teach them percussion - promotes the portuguese national drum day, filled by nation wide groups. As I talked before I make one appearence on the 2010 edition, grabbing the second place on the competition.

This year toca rufar 2012 takes place the 27th May, in Seixal (Portugal).
Please visit Portugal a Rufar 2012 for more information.
More about Portugal soon, stay in touch.
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John Henry Bonham

Today i bring you John Henry Bonham born in the 31 of May 1948 and died in the 25 of September 1980.
He was the drummer of the Legendary Hard rock band Led Zeppelin.
While being a genius drummer he had a big drinking problem that in the end resulted in his dead, he drowned in his own vomit after falling asleep while being drunk.
His dead marked the end of Led Zeppelin in 1980, but in 2007 the band reunited to do a legendary concert in the London 02 Arena where Jason Bonham took his father place as the bands drummer.

The most famous music where Bonhan show´s off he´s talent, it’s named Moby Dick.

R.I.P. John Henry Bonham 1948-1980

Stomp! - An incredible show

I really wish i could ever see them live. They inspired me to play percussion. They are, in my honest opinion, one of the greatest group in the world. They have the right amount of humor, skill and they own a show that demonstrates the power of what percussion really is.
The first video is pure skill. If drumming with your feet on the ground can be tough imagine playing hanged by a rope.

The next video i want to show you guys is to show that percussion can be made without fancy instruments, they only use their foots and brooms. Yes thats right brooms. When i first saw it i really couldn't belive on it but its true. I bow for Stomp! on this video.

More from Stomp! coming soon.
I leave you guys with their website, please pay them a visit they really deserve and if you can go see them on a live stage, you won't regret .

Stomp! website

Be-dom and Wok - Percussion from Portugal

Today i want to give you the opportunity to know two amazing groups from my country.

First of all, be-dom is a music project that aim to do percussion with all the imaginable things. They are very good in what they do, there music is smooth and well created. I want to leave they're blog, please visit them here.

And yes, today I wont step out of my country, the next video is from members that came from the largest percussion group called Tocá Rufar. 

This is a show from the veteran member Rui Júnior, founder of Tocá Rufar. The show is incredible. All the things were well planed: the clothes, the style, the rhythm. A true masterpiece.

Check them out at

Little Boxes - Little pipes

In this amazing song, you can notice that small percussion can make an entire music. Its all about adding the perfect tones into the perfect tempo. Rhythm  is my passion and i simply love this song because of this "tiny" beats from the most improbable instruments :)

Talking about improbable instruments, I finish this post with my tribute to this young man that decided to make is own instrument based on pvc tubes. A pleasure to see this kind of initiatives from the younger generations. I bow for you young man. Not only he creates a fantastic instrument as he learn well how to play it.

The songs in these Medley are :
-The Office Theme Song
-Linus & Lucy
-The Turkish March
-Mario Bros. Theme
-In The Hall of the Mountain King
-Bad Romance
-Viva La Vida
-Like a Virgin
-Crazy Train
-James Bond
-Pirates of the Caribbean
-The Final Countdown

Process of creation in Bomboemia

The year was 2010 and we got an invitation to the national percussion challenge. We decide to create a new hit to magnetize the jury.

First we heard plenty of musics to get some inspiration and after we heard this one:

 we start to formulate some rhythms a put them together. After a few weeks of hard work we manage to create it. The last step was to train all the members to play at the perfect tempo and rhythm. We took a weekend for the group and we start to rehearse seriously. After a couples of weeks we manage to have all elements trained and ready.

As the result of the hard work and effort we won the prize of best composition and a second place in overall.
I don't have any video with good quality. This one is a bit low but that is all I have from that day:

Comedy: Rowan Atkinson

Sometimes we dont need any instrument to play beside our imagination. This master sure have a place in my blog. Go Rowan Atkinson!


Anthropologists and historians often speculate that percussion instruments were the first musical devices ever created. The human voice was probably the first musical instrument, but percussion instruments such as hands and feet, then sticks and rocks, were in widespread use long before recorded musical history.The first drums date to approximately 6,000 BC.It is impossible to say where the first percussion instruments were made, though it is likely that the earliest cultures in Africa and Asia had them. Today, percussion instruments are found in every culture around the globe.


World percussion: Jamaica (Reggae)

The music of Jamaica includes Jamaican folk music and many popular genres, such as mento, ska, rocksteady, reggae, dub music, dancehall, reggae fusion and related styles. Today I'm going to write about reggae and percussion in the reggae music.

A bit about reggae

In the late 1960's reggae emerged as a reinterpretation of American rhythm and blues. Reggae became popular around the world, due in large part to the international success of artists like Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer. Marley was viewed as a Rastafarian messianic figure by some fans, particularly throughout the Caribbean, Africa, and among Native Americans and Australian Aborigines.

Percussion in reggae

A standard drum kit is generally used in reggae, but the snare drum is often tuned very high to give it a timbales-type sound. Some reggae drummers use an additional timbale or high-tuned snare to get this sound. Cross-stick technique on the snare drum is commonly used, and tom-tom drums are often incorporated into the drumbeat itself. Reggae drumbeats fall into three main categories: One drop, Rockers and Steppers. With the One drop, the emphasis is entirely on the third beat of the bar (usually on the snare, or as a rim shot combined with bass drum). Beat one is empty except for a closed high hat commonly used, which is unusual in popular music. There is some controversy about whether reggae should be counted so that this beat falls on three, or whether it should be counted half as fast, so it falls on two and four.

A  wide range of other percussion instrumentation are used in reggae. Bongos are often used to play free, improvised patterns, with heavy use of African-style cross-rhythms. Cowbells, claves and shakers tend to have more defined roles and a set pattern.


World percussion: Basque Country

Today I'm talking about the two major percussion instruments from the Basque Country: the Txalaparta and the danbolin.

The Txalaparta 

The txalaparta (IPA: [tʃaˈlapaɾta] or [tʃalaˈpaɾta]) is a specialized Basque music device of wood or stone, similar to Romanian toacă. In Basque, zalaparta (with [s]) means "racket", while in the nearby areas of Navarre "txalaparta" has been attested as meaning the trot of the horse, a sense closely related to the sound of the instrument.

Music is made using the txalaparta by having one or more performers, known as txalapartariak, txalapartaris or jotzaileak produce differing rhythms, playing with wood knots and spots of the boards for different tones. Nowadays the boards have often been arranged to play notes and even melody along the lines of the score, which may on the one hand further widen for the txalapartaris the possibilities to sophisticate the music. On the other hand, some txalaparta players rule out this novelty as alien to the instrument, essentially rhythmical.

Both players perform consecutively by striking with the sticks on the boards. The performance is played by ear, except for the main lines of the playing, say rhythmic pattern (binary, ternary), main beat pattern (fours...) etc., which both txalapartaris may agree on in advance of the performance. In addition, they may use ready-made passages embedded in a specific part of the playing, notably at the beginning and the ending. It is worth mentioning in this category the Sagardo Deia, meaning the Cider Call, a popular set beginning for a traditional txalaparta performance that may differ slightly from some txalapartaris to others. A pre-established whole composition may be arranged as well, while that kind of playings are rare to be seen.
Much of the success of the performance relies on the collusion between both players, so the more they are acquainted with each other's ways, tricks and likings (the flaws too!) the smoother the performance will go and the easier will be for the txalapartaris to show their aptitudes and excel in their playing.

The danbolin

This kind of drum, called danbolin, usually accompanying the txistu. The txistu is an three-hole pipe that can be played with one hand, leaving the other one free to play usually the danbolin. As I could not find much more information for this instrument, I'll update this post in the future.

Stay tunned, more post coming soon.

World percussion: Korea

Today I'm talking about the two major percussion instruments from korea - the Janggu or Janggo (hangul: 장구 or 장고; hanja: 杖鼓 or 長鼓) and the Buk (hangul: 북).

The Janggu

The Janggu
The janggu (or janggo; also spelled changgo) or sometimes called seyogo (slim waist drum) is the most widely used drum used in the traditional music of Korea. It is available in most kinds, and consists of an hourglass-shaped body with two heads made from animal skin. The two heads produce sounds of different pitch and timbre, which when played together are believed to represent the harmony of man and woman.

A performer playing janggu

Traditionally the janggu is played using yeolchae on the right hand high pitch area and uses the bare hand on the low pitch area. Such an example can be seen on pungmul players for a number of folk songs and shamanistic rituals. But today, it is common to see the use of gungchae and yeolchae together. 'Gungchae' is used to play the low pitch side. Janggu can be played on the floor such as for traditional sanjo music or carried with a strap on the shoulder. The way performers carry the Janggu differs from person to person, from region to region and varies depending on his or her taste.
The janggu is usually classified as an accompanying instrument because of its flexible nature and its agility with complex rhythms. Since the performer can use his or her hands as well as sticks, various sounds and tempi, deep and full, soft and tender, and menacing sounds, and fast and slow beats, can be created to suit the mood of the audience. Using this capability, a dextrous performer can dance along moving his or her shoulders up and down and make the audience become carried away and dance along with him or her.

The Buk

While the term buk is a native Korean word used as a generic term meaning "drum" (the Sino-Korean word being go), it is most often used to refer to a shallow barrel-shaped drum, with a round wooden body that is covered on both ends with animal skin. Buk are categorized as hyeokbu (혁부, 革部) which are instruments made with leather, and has been used for jeongak (Korean court music) and folk music.
The buk used for court music are usually fixed with nails on the rims, while ones used for folk music are usually tied up with leather straps to form the shape. Performers in the court music usually beat their buk with bukchae (북채, a drum stick) on one hand or two hands together, while drummers in the folk music commonly beat their buk with it on their right hand as hitting the other side of the buk with their bare left hand.

World percussion: Japan

Taiko (太鼓?) means "drum" in Japanese (etymologically "great" or "wide drum"). Outside Japan, the word is often used to refer to any of the various Japanese drums (和太鼓, "wa-daiko", "Japanese drum", in Japanese) and to the relatively recent art-form of ensemble taiko drumming (sometimes called more specifically, "kumi-daiko" (組太鼓)). The performances can last between 5 and 25 minutes and typically follow a jo-ha-kyū (beginning, middle, end/rapid, sudden, urgent, and emergency) structure, which means the performance will speed up significantly towards the grand finale. Japanese taiko drums have been developed into a wide range of percussion instruments that are used in both Japanese folk and classical musical traditions.

Bachi (桴, 枹) (also batchi or buchi) is the name for the straight, wooden sticks used to play Japanese taiko drums, and also (written 撥) the plectrum for stringed instruments like the shamisen and biwa.
Drum bachi are made in a wide variety of sizes and materials, as appropriate to the drum it will be used to play. A typical bachi is about 22 mm (⅞ inches) in diameter, 400 mm (16 inches) long and made out of a hardwood such as oak. These would be suitable for a wide variety of playing styles.
A bachi for playing a larger drum like the O-daiko would be bigger both in circumference and length. Similarly, smaller bachi are used for smaller drums.

Modern taiko was established in 1951 by Daihachi Oguchi. He is credited with forming the first actual Taiko ensemble referred to as kumi-daiko and starting the modern popularity of Taiko performances. Daihachi Oguchi was originally known for his jazz drumming performances. As the story goes, he was going to play a drumming piece for one of the local shrines and decided to add somewhat of a jazz-style flair to the piece. Coming from a jazz background, Daihachi Oguchi speculated why the Taiko drums had never previously been played as an ensemble before. From this simple idea Daihachi Oguchi put together various Taiko of all different shapes, sizes, and pitches to be included in his ensemble. The drums were also arranged in the same type of manner that a jazz drum set would be expected to look like. Since an actual Taiko ensemble had never really performed together and the people he had playing with him were in no way professional musicians, he based the rhythms of their performance on the simplistic arrangement of the shrine music that had been previously played; which allowed for nearly any person with the interest in Taiko could play along. It was from the foundation of the first Taiko ensemble that Daihachi Oguchi continued on to lead the successful Taiko group named Osuwa Daiko. At 84 years old, Daihachi Oguchi died on June 27, 2008, after being hit by a car across from his home in Nagano, Japan. Oguchi is widely attributed as the GrandMaster of modern Taiko. He formed or helped to form nearly 200 taiko groups in Japan, Singapore, Canada and the U.S.

Can't wait for it

As we approach February, all I have in mind is one of the biggest events in the drumming world: the Rio de Janeiro's Carnival. This year the 13 schools who will compete in the samba parade are:

In the near future I will post new content about the upcoming majestic carnival. It's hard to be so distance and report this event but I will do my very best. But let's talk a little bit about the Carnival.

"Although Carnival (Carnaval in Portuguese) is celebrated in towns and villages throughout Brazil and other Catholic countries, Rio de Janeiro has long been regarded as the Carnival Capital of the World. The Rio Carnaval is not only the biggest Carnival, it has also a benchmark against which every other carnival is compared and one of the most interesting artistic events on the Globe. Almost everyone has heard of the Rio Carnaval. Foreign visitors to it alone number around 500,000 every year."

For instance, in this photo is the drummers line known as "bateria" in Portuguese which play the song for the contest. As we can see in this picture the instrument they are playing is called "cuíca", which is a traditional instrument from Brazil. Check this video to hear the sound that it make.

This year the Carnival kickoff is schedule the February 18th.
For more details please visit Rio Carnival official page

Fast remark, I wish a wonderfull 2012 for all the readers.

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