We all see things plastered on the internet about activities that improve one’s physical well-being, but many people would be shocked to know that drumming is one of those things. There have been many studies done to back this up, but the article featured here is one of the more popular studies done on the relationship between drumming and physical fitness. So the next time you’re thinking of ways to get in shape, maybe you choose the drums instead of the treadmill!
Since the early days of internet video, Vic Firth was a pioneer in delivering top-quality percussion education and entertainment to a worldwide audience. We’ve tried hard to represent all aspects of percussion – from drum set to concert, marching to jazz keyboard, our goal has always been to reach every genre of music.
As a result, the Vic Firth YouTube channel has grown significantly. Our 205,000+ subscribers have racked up over 57 million views – by far the largest channel in the percussion industry. With the addition of 2-3 new videos each day to our library of over 3,000 videos, we’re consistently adding 1.5 million new views each month!
The only downside is that we’ve actually had to “throttle” some of the percussion content so that we can deliver a balance between all the various genres of percussion, especially during the peak seasons of WGI and DCI. Because most of us here at Vic have a deep marching percussion background, we weren’t happy with that… we’re always wanting to do more, not less!
With the launch of the new “Vic Firth Marching Percussion” channel, we’re able to dive deeper into the content that our marching fans want to see. We’re always striving to go ‘beyond the lot’ to bring you new & exciting features, including “Learn the Music” videos – where you can grab your sticks or mallets and play along to the 2016 DCI shows – to “Vic Licks”, interviews with the show designers and instructors, plus much more!
The best part is that we’re just beginning! Keep an eye out for the Vic team on the road this summer as we continue to break new ground with the content we have to offer.
One of the latest videos from the new Vic Firth channel.
Welcome back to the Chops blog. Today we’re celebrating the birthday of one of the most influential drummers of all time, John Henry Bonham. We’d like to celebrate his life and influence by sharing some of our favorite Bonham-related links we’ve found on the web. They include an article from Drum! Magazine on 10 ways to sound like Bonham, a video from his drum tech Jeff Ocheltree on how to tune and mic like Bonham, and some isolated drums tracks of him in the studio. Give the article a read, check out the Jeff Ocheltree video, then sit back and listen to the bombastic sounds and heavy grooves of John Bonham.
Why should I attend a clinic? What’s the point when I can watch everything on YouTube?
We’ve discussed this topic quite a bit over the years here at Chops, but not because we don’t see the value in attending a clinic. We’ve discussed it because we feel there are many reasons why people SHOULD attend clinics. We remember when we were kids, before so much media was available at your fingertips online. Music stores hosted clinics quite frequently, and were packed, sometimes needing to host them in a local school auditorium, gym, or ballroom at a local hotel! That was also when there wasn’t the assistance of easy online promotion. It was much more difficult to get the word out. Now, it’s very easy to promote clinics through many different avenues and notify many more people. But, it seems less and less attend clinics and many music stores abandoned them long ago because of low turnout. So, besides the obvious reason that music is better experienced live than on video, here’s a list of reasons of why clinics are worth attending.
Education – You could learn a lot. There’s a lot of information shared at clinics. You might be able to see someone play drums online, but you don’t get to hear the explanations of how and why they do what they do.
Clinician Interaction – There’s always an opportunity to ask questions. You might want to ask about a certain groove from a recording and how they came up with it. You might even ask about tuning, warmups, etc. There’s usually time after the clinic to allow you the opportunity to meet them, get a picture, and ask any other questions you might have.
Peer Interaction – Clinic attendees have a common interest and it’s a great opportunity to meet and talk to others who enjoy music the same as you do!
Inspiration – This is the most important. Live performances, whether it be a clinic or a concert, can inspire you. We were all inspired at one point to start learning the instruments we play. Listening and watching great musicians play music at the highest level inspires us to keep playing, and maybe try new things. I remember that feeling when I was younger, attending a clinic or concert and wanting to run straight home and play my drums. I feel EXACTLY that same feeling to this day.
This cannot happen on YouTube. You have to be there live to feel it. We have Todd Sucherman in clinic here at Chops Percussion this Thursday, May 26th. I can’t wait to learn some new tricks, talk to some drumming peers, and feel that renewed inspiration all over again. Attend a clinic so you can learn, interact and be inspired. You won’t regret it.
We’re really excited to have Todd Sucherman back to do a clinic at Chops Percussion on Thursday, May 26th at 6:30pm. The last time he was here was December of 2011. If you were’t here then, be sure not to miss him this time around. Todd’s clinic was one of my favorite clinics that we’ve hosted here at Chops. Not only is he a master of technique with monster chops, but he’s extremely musical in his approach to the drums. The feel that he had on every thing I heard him play that night was spot on and I can’t wait to hear him again!
The picture below shows the kit that he used in 2011 in the store. Be sure to ask Jeff Huffman about the snare drum in this picture.
Contrast that with the video below of the kit he’s currently using on the Styx tour. Todd personally gives you a tour in the video below.
This is another thing that I appreciated about Todd. He’s a huge (and I mean this in the most honorable sense of the term) drum nerd when it comes to gear. His kit has a lot going on, but because of his musical approach, none of it is wasted or for show. There’s intentionality with everything that he’s selected to make up his “instrument.”
Check out his YouTube channel or his Facebook page and watch the most recent videos he’s made of some recording that he’s been doing. This is just a taste of what you’ll see live.
Do yourself a favor and show up to the clinic on May 26th. It’s free and you’ll learn a ton from this incredible musician.