Blood, shortage as usual

Here we are: as every summer the blood shortage has arrived. Some days ago a friend, doctor, told me about that in Rome there’s a shortage of 0+ blood and now Italian health institute launched an alert and a request to donors. Blood donation is an easy, undangerous, unpain way to help people: two hours of ur time and 450cc of your blood for at most 4 time at year…

09/07/2008
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Your favorite drum solo

Modern Drummer launch a challenging question for his readers: what’s the best recorded drum solo? Thinking back over the many amazing drum solos recorded by some of the all-time great drummers makes this a tough question. However, we’d love to know your thoughts on the topic. (Your responses could be included in a future MD article on soloing.) If you’d like to weigh in, please send your response to billm…

08/07/2008
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Salento, three places for a drum circle

June in Salento, south east of italy, can be stunning. Sea is already hot, water with all the colors from blue to green, yellow sand and fresh wind cooling a red hot sun on beaches with few tourist. Every year i try to spend some time here in my homeland. Yesterday i’ve suddenly realized that there are some beautiful and magic places where a drum circle could be played. There…

25/06/2008
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Less is better: a double bass drum choice

At last i decided and, after more or less 15 years on honored service, i gave some rest to my old double (assembled) pedal: a ‘don’t-even-remember-model’ Pearl. I’ve bought another pearl, a P 122Tw double bass, that’s a middle level solid, simple but at the same time flexible pedal, that my feet liked immediatly. Cost: 185 € in the real world, more or less the cybershopping cost. Except if you…

17/06/2008
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Berklee online drums course announced

Good news, for who was looking to enroll for Berklee college of music Drums & Percussion courses but can’t move to Boston. It’s on launch stage the online drums & percussions curriculum. I’ve received a request to fill a survey from Berklee: sounds like they are going to fill the gap (there’s not online Drums set course at the moment) and launch this course. “We’re about to launch the development…

06/06/2008
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Drumming Rituals

We have rituals. We human beings. They keep in touch with ourselves, with our past and with our community. And with our gods, for who belives. As musicians we are full of rituals, for gigs, practice, composing, flying (driving) from one show to another, entering and leaving the hotel room, packing and unpacking our instruments. As musicians we also know well that from rituals to obessive compulsive disorder the way…

13/05/2008
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Lunch break practice

Come molti, non vivo di musica suonata. Nel senso che faccio un altro lavoro che, per fortuna, ha anche a che fare con la musica. Ne consegue che il tempo per studiare è subordinato e va ritagliato in ogni modo possibile, cercando i momenti e (cosa ancora meno facile quando hai a che fare con piatti e tamburi) gli spazi per suonare e studiare. Da un paio di giorni, complice…

18/04/2008
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Rudiments and swallows

Spring time, may be the best season here in Rome. Yesterday I was practicing on the terrace, late in the afternoon, and the swallows were flying and singing outside the windows, and children were playing in the house screaming and laughing. And everything was almost perfect. I recorded those sounds like a post-it, to save for the cloudy days

10/04/2008
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