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Dale Baker Drummer
Durham, North Carolina
Dale Baker lives to support the song and the people he plays with. Credits include radio hits, TV appearances, music videos and movie soundtracks. www.dalebakerdrummer.com
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Here's a picture that one of my students sent in - nice to see the new logo making it's way out into the world! Continue reading
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Thanks to the fine folks at Mail Chimp, I received an official "Classic Freddie" today in my mailbox. It's almost too good to be true! I decided to customize him a bit, so I added a Durham Drum Lessons t-shirt... Continue reading
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I've recently been working on updating the design and look of Durham Drum Lessons and am pleased to show you my new logo: I'm really pleased with the look and "feel" of the logo, and in the weeks and months... Continue reading
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It's taken me longer than I'd originally hoped, but I finally finished the transcription to Down to the Night Club. I had the song transcribed for a while, but inputting the data into Finale (to make it look nice) took... Continue reading
Recently I was working with one of my students who has a fairly good mastery of playing drumset beats with an 8th note ride or hi-hat pattern. Looking for a creative way to use the basic drum beats found in... Continue reading
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Lately with myself and my students, I've been using Tommy Igoe's Great Hands for a Lifetime warmup routine. It's challenging and fun, and it's nice to know I'm reinforcing my rudimental playing while doing the warmup. When using the audio... Continue reading
Recently a reader got in touch and asked me the questions that appear below. He agreed to let me publish his questions and my answers to them. Readers of my blog frequently ask similar questions and so I thought that by posting this Q & A it could be helpful to the community at large. Let me know what you think and if you have any questions you would like to ask, please get in touch! Q: Firstly. I live 30 minutes from ------------------, so the demand for such things is prominent in my area. However there doesn't seem to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2013 at Blog
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Earlier this week I had to chart out this song for a few gigs I'm playing with Chris Hendricks. Because this song is fairly repetitive and has no drum fills, it makes a perfect song for beginning drumset players. For... Continue reading
Here is a short video of me adding overdubs to a soon to be released recording by (sorry I can't mention their name just yet). I'm using a small LP tambourine and a Promark Broom Stick (to minimize the contact sound when I hit on beats 2 and 4). Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2013 at Blog
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Here is a worksheet you can use to develop steady 8th and 16th notes around the drums. I've structured the page so that you begin by warming each hand individually playing 8th notes (aka "8 on a Hand") and then... Continue reading
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Later tonight (Friday Sept 6th), I'm playing a show with Brett Harris at the Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh. In our rehearsals prepping for the show, I came up with this idea for a fun exercise. The song "Unbroken" features a... Continue reading
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I've been working on transcribing "Down to the Night Club" by Tower of Power. I'm almost there, but before I post the entire transcription, I thought I'd show you my notes from earlier in the process, when I was transcribing... Continue reading
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This final exercise is one that began when I heard a student of mine play what she thought was a double stroke roll. She really enjoys playing this pattern, and even though it's not a double stroke roll, it is... Continue reading
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Today's exercise begins by having you play the "skeleton" 8th notes of your double stroke roll in the first measure. Be sure to pay attention to what your hands and wrists are doing in this measure. Stay relaxed, use your... Continue reading
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With my beginning students we've been talking about how to strengthen and improve our double strokes, so that they are more articulated and "clean". Often times the second note of the double is weaker than the first, the left hand... Continue reading
Wrecking Ball by Emmylou Harris (produced by Daniel Lanois) is one of my all time favorite albums and hearing these demos and outtakes is a really special glimpse behind the scenes... Wrecking Ball Outtakes I especially love the "snare" sound on this song - by itself it sounds nasty(!) but once the track comes in around it, it fits the song perfectly! Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2013 at Blog
From Twitter: Just found this rare footage of me w/ my former band and @Phil Madeira sitting in on accordion! http://t.co/4uWfijLXn5 What show was this?— Dale Baker (@dalebakadrumma) September 1, 2013 Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2013 at Blog
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These exercises are intended to help you play beats that utilize ghost notes. The first exercise doesn't include a back beat pattern (no snare on two and four). The rest of the exercises have a back beat (on two and... Continue reading
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Continuing with my Halloween theme, here are two of my favorite ghost note drum beats: The FUNkey Monkey Beat, and the Paradiddle Beat (w/ Ghost Notes). It's important that you accent beat 2 and 4 on the snare (using full... Continue reading
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I know it's a little early, but I thought I'd post a Halloween themed drum beat. I call it the "Bugga Bugga Beat" because of the "bugga bugga bugga bugga" sound of the alternating 16ths between the floor tom and... Continue reading
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Here is a transcription I made for a recent gig I did in NYC at the old CBGB's location for an event celebrating the music of Big Star. This is the drum part for the song Back of a Car... Continue reading
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Here is a quick transcription I made for a church service I played last Sunday. We were doing the song How Great You Are by Sovereign Grace Music, and I felt that the drum beat on the recording was so... Continue reading
If you're in Durham this Sunday, you may want to check out this day of percussion and benefit concert at North Carolina Central University. The day begins with free workshops at 2:00pm, followed by a silent auction and then a... Continue reading
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Lately I've been listening to some old Tower of Power songs, and have started transcribing the drum parts played by David Garibaldi. Down to the Night Club is one of my favorites and I've written out a portion of the... Continue reading
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Here is the invitation for the private party I'm playing drums for on July 1st - the RSVP is blurred for a reason - this event is (unfortunately) not open to the public. Many of the same folks that are playing in Central Park with us on the 30th will also be at this show (though it will be a much smaller band). Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2013 at Blog