A quick run-down of the drum shows on offer in the U.K. this autumn...
As drummers, it can be great to have a good old browse, a chat with the experts and an opportunity to try out some new gear. Unfortunately, a lot of us don't live close to large, specialist drum stores, so a great alternative (or addition!) is a visit to a drum show...
Drums shows often have the added bonus of workshops, masterclasses etc....what's not to love?!
In chronological order...
29th-30th September - The U.K. Drum Show @ Manchester Central, Manchester
Ticket prices: adult tickets from £20.48 (incl booking fees)
If you know of any others coming up, add them in the comments below and/or on our pinboard (just click the big, pink "+" sign)...
This week we're delighted to present a guest blog by Matt Dudley of Matt Dudley Drumming.
Matt is from across the Pond - Lake Waccamaw North Carolina to be exact, and has been a drum and percussion teacher since 2003.
As well as his website and blog, Matt also has a podcast - Behind the Kit - that you can check out here.
Matt's been kind enough to lend us one of his own blog posts on The Purdie Shuffle, but first a bit more about him...
We're very excited to publish a guest blog by Kate Kuziakina, a young lady from Ukraine who is passionate about drumming.
Let's find out why...
Five years ago my family and me were at a fair or concert in the park. We stopped near the stage where a music band played their compositions. I looked only at their drummer, stamping my feet to the beat of the music. Suddenly the drummer stood up, approached me and gave me his drumsticks. I was speechless!
I don't know exactly who that man was - just a drummer, or an Angel who handed me my destiny 😊, but after that I began to drum everywhere and on everything: on chairs, tables and so forth. When I was 6, my dad bought me my first drum set.
Since then I have never parted with the drums.
In the last three years I have won the Grand Prix's and first places at offline international competitions in the USA, Spain, Finland, and Ukraine. I was a finalist of the online Hit Like A Girl (HLAG) contest 2016 and the winner of the HLAG 2018 Week 1 (drumset category, division under 18 years old).
I performed with Ukrainian rock bands (Ot Vinta, Numer 482, Mad Heads, Tabula Rasa, Vopli Vidoplyasova, and High Score) on TV shows, at festivals, battle of orchestras and clubs.
I play drums for two or more hours every single day.
But even after all this I ask myself from time to time: "Why do I play drums?"
After the Silver level service on a Yamaha YD the week before, this week I had the pleasure of giving a Gold level service to Piers's DW.
The main issue to be resolved with this kit was the bolts, which were pretty badly corroded as you can see! (The kit was date-stamped 2007, so over time, corrosion had crept in).
My Gold Level Service involves not just stripping the drums down to bolts, lugs and shells for cleaning (as per the Silver Service), but also dismantling the lugs down to their component parts and cleaning/removing corrosion from the whole lot!
For this reason, the Dave's Drums Gold Service is messy, noisy and time-consuming, but I'm a perfectionist (I think that's the polite way of putting it), so when the description says "4+ hours", what it means is "as long as it takes" (in this case around 3 days).
Drummer, drum geek, reluctant blogger and eater of cheese!