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Modern Drummer Legends Series To Feature Neil Peart

If you are a fan of the late, great Neil Peart, you are going to want to get your hands on one of these books. We will only have 5 available, so you may want to call to reserve a copy ASAP.

“Neil Peart’s ten appearances on the cover of Modern Drummer magazine span the years 1980, when he was five albums and several tours into his historic run with the Canadian progressive rock band Rush, and 2020, the year of his passing. No other drummer has come close to appearing so many times on the front of a drum publication, certainly not the world’s most recognized one. This, the first installment in Modern Drummer magazine’s Legends book series, collects all nine of Peart’s cover stories, plus the complete contents of his May 2020 Modern Drummer tribute issue. Highlights include analyses of Neil’s performances on every Rush studio album, a survey of the evolution of his famous live drumkits, transcriptions of deep Rush cuts, and much more.”

The Positive Impact Drumming Has On Mental Health

* This is a blog from January of 2020. I figured since this year has kicked everyone in the shins, we could use a reminder!

Research conducted by the Royal College of Music in London shows that drumming can have a drastic impact on one’s mental health. A 10 week group drumming program reduced depression in the participants by 38% and anxiety by 20%! The 10 week study also shows social resilience improving by 23% and overall mental well-being by 16%. These numbers are astounding to me, but when I think about how I feel when I’m playing drums with my band, I am not at all surprised.

Full disclosure: I suffer from depression. Some times are worse than others and the winter can be the most brutal for me. Getting behind my drum set and playing is a huge lift for my mood and my self-esteem. It’s the one thing I have in my life that I can constantly count on to give me joy. I’m so glad to know that drumming can be therapeutic for so many others.

If you have never played but have always wanted to learn, or you would just like to find a new outlet to release some of that negative energy, maybe now is the time for you! If you’re in the Indianapolis area, Bongo Boy Music School offers group drumming, as well as private instruction. Bongo Boy offers many wellness sessions for people of all ages and ability levels. Learn more about the wellness program here.

Click here to check out the article on the Royal College of Music study.

I wish you all the very best mental and physical health this year and every year after. Cheers!

Musser Xylo Kit Assembly

Welcome back to the Chops blog! Now that school is starting (in some form) and kids are getting their instruments, there are instrument assembly questions that need to be addressed. The Musser Xylo kit seems to be the one that people have the most questions about, so we’re sharing an assembly video from Jim Catalano to help you out!

If you have any additional questions after the video, please feel free to call or email us!

Yamaha Releases Drum and Percussion Disinfection Guide

If you are one of the teachers or instructors still looking for ways to safely and effectively disinfect your drums and percussion instruments, Yamaha has put out a very helpful guide that you should check out. This guide details what disinfecting agents can be used on specific percussion instruments, which I know has raised a lot of questions in the percussion community as of late. You can find that information here.

Yamaha has all the other instruments covered as well, so be sure to check that out here.

Chops hopes that this finds you all well and staying safe. Best of luck to all of you as you try to bring school music back in the safest and most effective ways possible.

A Broken Drumstick May Not Be Trash After All

A friend sent me this cool video from Drumeo last week, so I wanted to share it with all of you. It turns out there are several creative things you can do with your broken drumsticks (and even the sleeves they’re sold in!)

Most of these involve power tools, so if you don’t have experience using them, you may not want to try this. Drumeo says it best in their video when they say “power tools are dangerous. Be smart.”

If you’re adventurous enough to try one of these ideas, share it with us on Instagram or Facebook! If you don’t follow us, we’re easy to find!

You can view the Drumeo video here. Have fun!