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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.
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I'm heading back out to California at the end of the month for another couple of Big Star shows. These are always fun and full of great guest artists and happy surprises. First off, we'll be playing at The Fillmore in San Francisco and then heading south to LA/Glendale for a live show and DVD filming. It's a bit of a miracle to bring all of these performers together and to get schedules to align, etc... So if you're anywhere close, please do yourself a favor and come hear these amazing songs performed by some unforgettable singers and players (Jeff... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2016 at Blog
From a recent session: Here's a sample of what Dale Baker's doing in the studio today.Posted by Lori Mullwee Sealy on Monday, May 11, 2015 Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at Blog
I love Gary Chaffee's drum books and use them from time to time to challenge myself and introduce new concepts and ideas. Not long ago, I came across a page in one of his books where he was talking about... Continue reading
I was so excited to open my Typepad Newsletter (see image above) today and see that Durham Drum Lessons was a featured blog! They mentioned my site and 2 others as examples of Typepad sites that use their new responsive... Continue reading
One of my favorite patterns to play on the drumset is the group of 3 notes I choose to call "The Ug-Guh-Duhs! I've also referred to them as "The Gadd Triplets," as they seem to be a pattern that he... Continue reading
There is an article floating around on the internet that is making some pretty bold claims about drummers and intelligence. Apparently the research has been backed up by Oxford and Harvard - check out some of these quotes: "Researchers at... Continue reading
Here are some quotes I found inspiring from James Altucher via an email that was forwarded to me by my dad: "The "dues" are when you find your authentic voice. The singing voice that stands out in the world chorus.... Continue reading
Today we’ll apply this same idea to groups of 3 and 4 notes. Again the goal for these exercises is for them to help you develop your singles and doubles in a variety of combinations. My hope is that you’ll... Continue reading
With this next installment, I’m beginning a multi step warm-up exercise that will hopefully follow a logical progression with the intent to develop better articulation and speed when playing single and double strokes. As you play these, remember to use... Continue reading
Functional Drumming Series: Simple Coordination This is a series of warmup exercises in 4 steps that increase with difficulty. The goal is to use full strokes as you play and to practice at a tempo that you can manage while... Continue reading
This song begins with the snare drum playing 2 and 4 and as it continues, the kick drum enters and begins a two bar phrase. Because of it’s repetitive nature, you can quickly learn this beat and play along with... Continue reading
I'm not keeping up with my blog here as much as I should. Been needing a redesign of this site for some time now, but that will have to wait. I've been keeping busy with remote sessions here at "The Dorm Room" my home studio here in Durham, NC. I've got a ton of drum set gear/ percussion and access to even more esoteric stuff (timpani, tabla, mallet instruments, gongs, etc) via some good friends. If you have a project you're needing drums or percussion on, please get in touch - I would love to work with you on whatever... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at Blog
The beat for Lips are Movin is a fun beat to play and the groove is a simple 50’s era inspired two bar pattern. I’ve taken a photo of my transcription (below) so that you can see how the beat... Continue reading
Big Star in LA: was an awesome night of music - as these things typically are. Got to play with a bunch of my musical heroes and meet some new friends as well! I was part of the band/ orchestra (conducted by Van Dyke Parks!!!) that backed up The Posies, Dan Wilson, Jason Falkner, GroupLove, Aimee Mann, The Bangles, Mike Mills, Sarabeth Tucek, Dean Wareham, Jody Stephens, and Luther Russell. Below is a video that was posted on Facebook: This is me playing drums on the song Kangaroo - w/ Brett Harris singing, Van Dyke Parks conducting, Mike Mills on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at Blog
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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