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I am a Session Drummer, Percussionist and Educator.

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Unstoppable Momentum

Music Posted on Wed, October 07, 2015 23:15:35

Joe Satriani’s 2013 album “Unstoppable Momentum” is full on rock. The title of the album certainly is an apt description of the musical ride. Yes, I know I’m a bit behind and a bit late to the party, but I’ve only just got my mits on this album – and boy what an album it is!!

For this album, Satch is joined by Chris Channey (Jane’s Addiction) on bass, Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa) on keyboards and Vinnie Colaiuta (Jeff Beck, Sting, Chick Corea) on drums.

Satriani doesn’t hold back from the word go showing us the listener why he is the virtuoso that he is. As mentioned, on the drums for this album is the amazing Vinnie Colaiuta. Listening to the title track i thought, at the end of the track, something wasn’t quite right with disc. But no. Mr Colaiuta does some incredible, mind-bending things with time over Satch’s colourful melodies – just amazing.

One of my favourite tracks on the album is “Can’t Go Back”. A truly brilliant rock song with beautiful melodies and a very tight deep-in-the-pocket groove. You could certainly imagine yourself cruising along Pacific Highway 1, the sun setting and this monster blasting from the speakers of your drop-top

Another of my favourites is “A Door Into Summer”. I can’t put my finger on it, but there is something about this track that brings a smile to my face each time I listen to it – I don’t know if its the melody, the simplicity of the song, the 4-on-the-floor solid groove or something else. But all I do know is, its brilliant!!!

“Three Sheets to the Wind” is a nice rock shuffle complete with a little humour in the form of a circus-esque brass section in the breakdown before the outro. Very cool.

There are loads of other blistering brilliant tracks on this album including “Shine On American Dreamer”, “Jumpin’ In” featuring some lovely funky bass, “The Weight of the World” and “A Celebration” to name but a few.

From the solid rhythm section to the singing guitar of Satch, there’s no denying that “Unstoppable Momentum” is yet another Satriani masterpiece. It will certainly be at the top of my playlist for a long time to come.


Counting 3’s and 5’s

Drums Posted on Wed, October 07, 2015 23:10:19

A little while ago, on my old website I published an article on counting 3s and 5s (triplets and quintuplets). I also recorded a quick video to demo the counting method for you too.

Counting 3s

When counting 3s, or triplets, the phrase “Trip-Let” will help provide the correct phrasing. So the counting for a bar of 4 beats will become:

1-Trip-Let, 2-Trip-Let, 3-Trip-Let, 4-Trip-Let

This will work at the slower tempos. However, as the tempo increases, the phrase “Trip-Let” becomes difficult. In this instance, I would recommend replacing “Trip-Let” with “E-A” and so the counting for a bar of 4 beats will become:

1-e-a, 2-e-a, 3-e-a, 4-e-a

Counting 5s

In the 1950s and 1960s there was an actress called Gina Lollobrigida. If you think about the phrasing of Gina’s surname, this will give the perfect phrasing for counting 5s, or quintuplets. So, the counting for a bar of 4 will be

Loll-o-brig-id-a, Loll-o-brig-id-a, Loll-o-brig-id-a, Loll-o-brig-id-a