London based drummer and drum educator, Darren Ashford shares with us how he got into learning and playing drums professionally. Darren talks about the creative routines he does everyday besides music. Darren also tells us more about the art of learning music and how important it is to practice regularly.
“Even if you do a small amount everyday, 10- 15 minutes of one particular thing, you’ll always gonna see some kind of progression. ” – Darren Ashford
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Worst Moment In Music
- Darren explains how most freelance musicians would get involved in projects that may or may not work out in the end. You need to make that call whether it’s worth investing in or not. Darren says that you have to be upfront in telling people how available you are and the situation you are in. Honesty is the best policy.
Musical Lightbulb Moment
- From a learning point of view, Darren remembered working on some particular techniques. Darren went to Bob Armstrong, who’s a great drum teacher. Darren and Bob were working on Jazz time. There are specific kinds of musical concepts and techniques that you can use to generate a really swinging time feel. Darren was practicing 4-6 hours a day. He went back to his lessons couple of months later. There was one point were Darren was just playing and Bob threw his hand and that’s it. It’s swinging! All the kind of work Darren has done to that point had really culminated in a final product. Darren says it’s a lesson on how to really be persistent and work on something to a deep level.
Best Music Album or Book
- Hourglass by James Taylor
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