Sunday Stuff

Here’s a great clip of Steve Gadd getting things done at the 1976 Montreux Jazz Festival. Check out the dynamic paradiddle variations between the snare and cowbell. Classic Gadd. My only question… where can I get one of those vintage “Stuff” t-shirts?

Cow Poly

Loop #89 I’m not done with the cowbell grooves. Like I mentioned before, I think it’s time to bring one of my favorite percussive accessories back into the limelight. Rather than go the straight quarter note, “Don’t Fear the Reaper” route, I’ve went ahead and approached it from a polyrhythmic angle. In this case, a […]

Introducing Gruss Loops – Volume II

It’s midnight. It’s July 1st. This can only mean one thing: My rent is going to be late. But as coincidence would also have it, Gruss Loops – Volume II is now available! For this month’s loop pack, I wanted to give everyone a small preview of what’s inside the box. Here’s a sneak peak […]

The Day the Cowbell Died

Ever since the infamous SNL skit featuring Christopher Walken and Will Ferrell aired on April 8, 2000, drummers around the world have been forced to endure countless “more cowbell” jokes. Every time you even think about overdubbing some cowbell on a pop song or including it into a latin groove, you can guarantee a slew […]

Lunchtime Lesson – Levon Helm

One of my favorite drummers of all time, The Band’s, Levon Helm, gives us a few tips on sound, feel, cowbells and electric tape.