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Music Busy-ness… Taking Up Most of My Time

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I’ve been quite busy with the Music aspect of my Life, which entails much of the following:

1. Gigs around town with up to half a dozen musical projects.

2. Just listening to and studying a lot of music out there (whenever I listening to music it isn’t just for musical pleasure and entertainment, but to study music from the point of view of a musicologist).

3. Practicing, practicing practicing… (which I shall share the details below).

4. Practicing on the drum pad (this involves basically practicing the rudiments. Now all 26 standard rudiments, but what are considered the basic five that all drummers should know: single stroke roll, double stroke roll, para-diddles, double para-diddles, the flam)

5. And practicing to a metronome at varying tempos.

6. Practicing on the drumset, which can include a whole variety of different grooves and ethno-musical patterns and rhythms.

7. Then there is something I’ve been doing a lot of… practicing to music-minus drummer CDs, in particular a pretty good big band CD.

8. I practice the big band CD all the way through, first with brushes, then with sticks.

9. I’ve been obsessed with ddrum triggers on my acoustic drums, lately. And, this includes tweaking and tuning the electronic drums and experimenting with different sounds. Sky’s the limit with the electronic drum programming, but at the same time it can be very time consuming.

10. And last but not least, I’m still practicing piano everyday from an hour to three hours a day. My main focus are Scott Joplin rags, and I’ve found out that you have to continually practice these involved pieces in order to play them decently… everyday. The big challenge is to get The Maple Leaf Rag to a perfect state and at varying tempos. Scholars will tell you not to play it too fast but there is a lot of joy when playing The Maple Leaf Rag at a nice fast tempo. And there’s a handful of other rags that I already know, which I continue to play to keep them ingrained in my head: The Cascades, The Entertainer, Harmony Club Waltz, Solace, The Strenuous Life. But, I know I need to learn a LOT more.

11. Also, I’m REALLY studying a lot of videos on YouTube and watching concerts on Palladia.

12. Need to start writing music again, and form my own Jazz-Fusion group. Or a really good Jazz Trio. Just need to step out more in this area.

And, that’s pretty much it.

I’ll try to update more on this site, and hopefully it’ll be more focused on the Music aspect of my Life.



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Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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