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Drummer John Blackwell Interview - Seminole Music & Sound

Date: 10/09/2009 | by billy ashbaugh | Viewed 30217 times

Drummer John Blackwell Interview - Seminole Music & Sound

On October 19th, 2009, John Blackwell sat down with DrummerConnection.com's Damian King, Billy Ashbaugh and Eric Rosebrock after his drum clinic at Seminole Music & Sound. DrummerConnection.com closely follows John Blackwell's progress into the ranks of legendary drummers. The Drummer Connection crew has reserved a special place in our hearts for John Blackwell. He's a very special, gentle person who has inspired us through his amazing ability to not only play the drums, but understand music as a whole.  John has deep roots in music, and he has proven in every aspect that if you believe in yourself, and what you like to do, that you will become successful.

John Blackwell was also a distinguished drummer performing in the Buddy Rich Memorial Concert, 2008 at the Hammerstein Ball Room in Manhattan, New York. The Drummer Connection staff attended this coveted event and witnessed John Blackwell's amazing performance which received an extended standing ovation. He was not alone however, John Blackwell also performed with Neil Peart, Terry Bozzio, Nick Rich, Donnie Marple, Peter Erskine, Tommy Igoe, Chad Smith and The Buddy Rich Band, all of which gave explosive performances that could not be compared to one another. You can purchase this excellent DVD produced by Drum Channel online or at your local music store.  It is an amazing DVD, very well produced and an exceptional job on the documentation of this long awaited event.

 

 

John Blackwell has an extensive history in music and drumming stemming from his father John Blackwell Sr. who was also a drummer. John watched his father and noted his incredible pocket, which he still talks about to this day. Through his father's inspiration, John attended Berklee College, and was called upon from Cameo to become the group's new drummer.  Leaving Berklee to pursue the stars, John has been on an incredible career path ever since. Performing with Cameo, Justin Timberlake, Prince and several other artists, he has proven that he could make his way.

John Blackwell also spends an incredible amount of his time teaching and giving drum clinics. DrummerConnection.com has attended over 5 of John's clinics over the past 3 years and every one of them have been incredible. He also gives private lessons at Seminole Music & Sound periodically throughout the year.  
John Blackwell proudly endorses Tama, Zildjian Drum Sticks, Zidjian Cymbals and Remo Drum Heads.
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Paul Quin - Drummer / Music Attorney Interview

Submitted by billy ashbaugh on: Wednesday, Oct 6, 2010

The music industry is made up of various players including individuals, companies, unions, not-for-profit organizations, rights collectives, and other associated bodies. Occasionally professional musicians negotiate their wages, contractual conditions, and other arrangements through Musicians' Unions or other guilds. But the industry also embodies an all too familiar "dark side" filled to the brim with legal pitfalls that the unwary musician can fall into. Issues ranging ... more »

 

Randy Van Patten - Vanz Drumming Interview

Submitted by drumfreak on: Monday, Aug 2, 2010

One note - DrummerConnection.com is not involved in the production or ownership of VanzDrumming.com's new DVD. Here's Randy Van Patten and Jeff Lutz of http://VanzDrumming.com interviewed by http://www.DrummerConnection.com 's Eric Rosebrock (drumfreak) on 07/31/2010. Stay tuned for updates on Randy's new DVD! It's going to be awesome!! more »

 

JoJo Mayer Interview - 05/05/2010

Submitted by drumfreak on: Tuesday, May 11, 2010

On May 5th, 2010, Damian King and Eric Rosebrock from DrummerConnection.com sit down with famed drummer JoJo Mayer for an interview at Seminole Music & Sound.   JoJo Mayer: Secret Weapons for the Modern Drummer     From Wikipedia:   Jojo Mayer (born 18 January 1963) is a highly acclaimed Swiss drummer born in Zurich and currently residing in New York City. Son of a touring musician, Mayer began his career as a ... more »

 

Crush Drums & Percussion - Pre Launch Interview

Submitted by drumfreak on: Friday, May 7, 2010

Crush Drums is an upcoming Drum Company with new and innovative ideas on how to make drum kits better.  Utilizing artist/drummer feedback, Crush Drums has the vision of enhancing and making better quality and more usable products. Stay tuned to http://CrushDrum.com and http://DrummerConnection.com for more information! ⁞ more »

 

Gavin Harrison Interview

Submitted by drumfreak on: Saturday, May 1, 2010

Watch the Gavin Harrison Interview and Drum Kit Tour on Youtube (Same videos as above, just alternate viewing source) Gavin Harrison Interviewed by DrummerConnection.com’s Damian King and Eric ‘drumfreak’ Rosebrock     From Wikipedia.org Gavin Harrison (Harrow, London, England)is a British drummer and percussionist. He is best-known for playing with the British progressive rock band Porcupine Tree which he joined in 2002. As of 2008, he also plays w ... more »

 

Ken Scott - Interview

Submitted by King on: Monday, Jan 25, 2010

Ken Scott knows music. Having worked with some of the most iconic names in the industry it's hard imagining any fan of music in the past 40 years who hasn't heard a song he's produced. Now having been reunited with 5 of the original drummers from his illustrious career Ken has teamed up with Sonic Reality to release Epik Drums. Epik Drums is a virtual instrument/plug-in that provides an assortment of drum samples and audio grooves that will allow the engineer to practice the art o ... more »

 

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Fri, 14 May 2010 19:37:00 -0400 by billy ashbaugh
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The Maldonado Family Trio @ DrummerConnection.com - Jam 2 - 2009/06/18

Fri, 19 Jun 2009 11:45:11 -0400 by ricky
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Billy Ashbaugh : "Loose Headlights" Road Map - Billy's Notes Talk Through w/o Music

Wed, 08 Jul 2009 17:24:28 -0400 by billy ashbaugh
Now I'm going to share with you my own personal notes for this Roadmap. We'll talk through this without music at first. Remember, the idea is for you to download these Roadmaps and create your own per...

http://www.drummerconnection.com/drumlessons/33205-billy-ashabugh-loose-headlights-road-map-billys-notes-talk-through-wo-music

Billy Ashbaugh: Road Map Part 1 - Enough Said

Thu, 17 Dec 2009 15:11:29 -0500 by billy ashbaugh
Here’s a lesson for the Road Map I’ve written for the blues shuffle tune Enough Said. Don’t forget to swing the 8th notes!...

http://www.drummerconnection.com/drumlessons/42480-billy-ashbaugh-road-map-part-1-enough-said

Billy Ashbaugh: The Triple Ratamacue

Sat, 13 Nov 2010 16:46:23 -0500 by billy ashbaugh
In today’s lesson, I’ll break down and explain the Triple Ratamacue. Enjoy! ...

http://www.drummerconnection.com/drumlessons/50275-billy-ashbaugh-triple-ratamacue

Billy Ashbaugh: Set Up Tips Part 2

Wed, 28 Oct 2009 17:12:11 -0400 by billy ashbaugh
Here's the 2nd in our series of Set Up Tips. In this lesson we'll discuss: Adding the toms comfortably the set up Checking proper angles for the toms Seat height Finding the "Sweet Spot"...

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Billy Ashbaugh - Flam Fill #1

Fri, 13 Feb 2009 17:30:59 -0500 by billy ashbaugh
Hello Billy Ashbaugh here with DrummerConnection.com and today I'm going to share a fill with you. This is a fill that I've showed a lot of students over the years and a lot of them really seem ...

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Billy Ashbaugh: The Buzz Roll

Fri, 25 Jun 2010 07:38:12 -0400 by billy ashbaugh
For today’s lesson I’m going to break down and explain the Buzz Roll....

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Billy Ashbaugh: Swing Part 2

Mon, 12 Oct 2009 17:57:22 -0400 by billy ashbaugh
Here's the follow up to Swing Introduction. In this lesson we're going to add the first and last triplet of the beat to the rhythms we studied in Swing Introduction and play them in a groove setting. ...

http://www.drummerconnection.com/drumlessons/37902-billy-ashbaugh-swing-part-2

DRUMMER CONNECTION CLINIC - May 28th 2009 - 100% FREE - Seminole Music & Sound

Fri, 08 May 2009 11:21:17 -0400 by ThatDrummerKid
DrummerConnection.com's FIRST Drum Clinic! It's 100% FREE WHILE CAPACITY IS AVAILABLE!     Here we come! On May 28th, at Seminole Music & Sound in Seminole FL is hos...

http://www.drummerconnection.com/events/6835-drummer-connection-clinic-seminole-music-sound

Pizza Hut Commercial

Thu, 18 Dec 2008 15:09:36 -0500 by billy ashbaugh
Here's the final version of a Pizza Hut commercial I did recently. If you go to my audio page, you'll find a version without the voice over. You can really hear what's going on music wise much better ...

http://www.drummerconnection.com/users/billyashbaugh/media/video/4021-pizza-hut-commercial

Billy Ashbaugh: "My Time To Shine" Road Map -Talk Through w/o music

Mon, 17 Aug 2009 17:11:31 -0400 by billy ashbaugh
Here's a look at the RoadMap for My Time To Shine. Remember, we're only checking out the RoadMap here...to listen to the tune with Map, please check out the Walk Through Lesson. Enjoy! ...

http://www.drummerconnection.com/drumlessons/34708-billy-ashbaugh-my-time-shine-road-map-talk-through-wo-music

Billy Ashbaugh: 1st Drum Groove

Mon, 06 Apr 2009 17:10:28 -0400 by billy ashbaugh
Here's a lesson for everyone just getting started. Today we're going to discuss our 1st Drum Groove along with several variations for you to try! Enjoy. ...

http://www.drummerconnection.com/drumlessons/5872-billy-ashbaugh-1st-drum-groove

The Maldonado Family Trio @ DrummerConnection.com - Jam 3 - 2009/06/18

Fri, 19 Jun 2009 11:47:46 -0400 by drumfreak
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Billy Ashbaugh: Funk Shuffle Variation Workout # 2

Sat, 24 Jul 2010 18:32:22 -0400 by billy ashbaugh
It’s time to continue our journey into the Funk Shuffle Groove. Today we’re going to expand our rhythms on the kick by introducing the “e” and the “a”. Don’t forget to download the PDF f...

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Billy Ashbaugh: Heel Toe Hi-Hat Technique

Fri, 13 Aug 2010 21:39:54 -0400 by billy ashbaugh
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Felipe Torres and Billy Ashbaugh in the Drum Room

Thu, 19 Mar 2009 23:34:49 -0400 by drumfreak
Felipe Torres visits us in Kissimmee, FL and at the end of his hang at the Drum Room, he and Billy Ashbaugh had a conversation. This is a very interesting jam, and it is unedited. Have fun! ...

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Souls of Heaven Live from Guatemala

Tue, 09 Dec 2008 15:11:38 -0500 by billy ashbaugh
This is a song in 5/4 from the show I recently did in Guatemala.....I love the way this kid plays!!! The extended jam @ the end was a lot of fun. Check out the drum solo I posted from the same show. ...

http://www.drummerconnection.com/users/billyashbaugh/media/youtube/3900-souls-heaven-live-guatemala

Billy Ashbaugh: Swiss Army Triplets

Sun, 28 Feb 2010 10:15:46 -0500 by billy ashbaugh
Today, we’re going to focus on the Swiss Army Triplet. I’ll break the sticking pattern down and then demonstrate a few ways to use this rudiment as a great warm-up exercise! Enjoy.  ...

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Thu, 11 Dec 2008 15:23:40 -0500 by billy ashbaugh
This is a track off of his first CD. The tune is called Girl You Shine and was recorded at WEG Studios back in 2000....

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Billy Ashbaugh: "My Time To Shine" Road Map -Walk Through with music

Mon, 17 Aug 2009 17:20:28 -0400 by billy ashbaugh
Now we're going to listen to the tune while following along with the Map. Grab your own RoadMap for this tune by clicking on the Download tab above. ...

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Drum Room Jam #4 January 5th 2010

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Billy Ashbaugh - DW SoundCheck 2/06/2009

Mon, 23 Mar 2009 22:20:33 -0400 by billy ashbaugh
This is one from the Drum Room awhile back. Here's Billy having fun with a sound check....

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Billy Ashbaugh: Flam Tap

Thu, 22 Jan 2009 17:50:01 -0500 by billy ashbaugh
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1/2 Time Shuffle #1 Workout #1 - Examples

Wed, 05 May 2010 09:50:59 -0400 by billy ashbaugh
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Chad Sexton Interview (part 2)

Thu, 16 Jul 2009 10:40:43 -0400 by - - D - -
Continued interview....Chad answers question from the fans. ...

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Casey Grillo - Kamelot - Interview

Wed, 04 Nov 2009 10:55:40 -0500 by billy ashbaugh
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Sat, 25 Apr 2009 18:55:17 -0400 by JeffOcheltree
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Jeff Ocheltree - Drum Room Interview Part 10

Fri, 01 May 2009 16:45:09 -0400 by JeffOcheltree
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Jeff Ocheltree - Drum Room Interview Part 3

Wed, 29 Apr 2009 15:55:10 -0400 by JeffOcheltree
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JoJo Mayer Interview with Drummer Connection - Teaser

Thu, 06 May 2010 11:55:05 -0400 by drumfreak
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Jeff Ocheltree - Drum Room Interview Part 8

Fri, 01 May 2009 16:18:17 -0400 by JeffOcheltree
Jeff Ocheltree visited DrummerConnection.com this May. Here's Part 8 of the Drum Room Interview Billy Ashbaugh and I conducted with Jeff.  The entire enterview is approximately 2 1/2 hours and we're ...

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Jeff Ocheltree - Drum Room Interview Part 2

Wed, 29 Apr 2009 15:45:28 -0400 by JeffOcheltree
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Danilo Maia - Drummer Interview with drumfreak

Mon, 30 Mar 2009 20:44:13 -0400 by drumfreak
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Casey Grillo - Kamelot - Interview

Wed, 04 Nov 2009 10:55:40 -0500 by billy ashbaugh
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Jeff Ocheltree - Drum Room Interview Part 5

Wed, 29 Apr 2009 16:55:32 -0400 by JeffOcheltree
Jeff Ocheltree visited DrummerConnection.com this May. Here's Part 5 of the Drum Room Interview Billy Ashbaugh and I conducted with Jeff.  The entire enterview is approximately 2 1/2 hours and we're ...

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Jeff Ocheltree - Drum Room Interview Part 9

Fri, 01 May 2009 16:32:48 -0400 by JeffOcheltree
Jeff Ocheltree visited DrummerConnection.com this May. Here's Part 9 of the Drum Room Interview Billy Ashbaugh and I conducted with Jeff.  The entire enterview is approximately 2 1/2 hours and we're ...

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Kevin Connolly - Blue Man Group Drummer - Interview and Playing at DrummerConnection.com

Tue, 14 Jul 2009 16:59:28 -0400 by drumfreak
On June 31st, 2009, we invited Blue Man Group Drummer and Percussionist to visit DrummerConnection.com and jam with us as well as interview him. Here's some clips for your enjoyment! Thanks Kevin fo...

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JoJo Mayer Interview - 05/05/2010

Tue, 11 May 2010 18:37:11 -0400 by drumfreak
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Jeff Ocheltree - Drum Room Interview Part 4

Wed, 29 Apr 2009 15:58:05 -0400 by JeffOcheltree
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Interview with STYX Drummer - Todd Sucherman

Fri, 30 Oct 2009 02:56:34 -0400 by King
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Jeff Ocheltree - Drum Room Interview Part 7

Fri, 01 May 2009 15:21:48 -0400 by JeffOcheltree
Jeff Ocheltree visited DrummerConnection.com this May. Here's Part 7 of the Drum Room Interview Billy Ashbaugh and I conducted with Jeff.  The entire enterview is approximately 2 1/2 hours and we're ...

http://www.drummerconnection.com/featured/video/6715-jeff-ocheltree-drum-room-interview-part-7

Anthony Moreino Interview

Wed, 14 Oct 2009 06:16:54 -0400 by King
Replacing a former member of an established band is never easy. Aside from having the noteworthy talent required it takes diligence, patience, and thick skin needed to weather the storm and harsh cr...

http://www.drummerconnection.com/anthony_moreino

Jeff Ocheltree - Drum Room Interview Part 6

Fri, 01 May 2009 15:14:27 -0400 by JeffOcheltree
Jeff Ocheltree visited DrummerConnection.com this May. Here's Part 6 of the Drum Room Interview Billy Ashbaugh and I conducted with Jeff.  The entire enterview is approximately 2 1/2 hours and we're ...

http://www.drummerconnection.com/featured/video/6714-jeff-ocheltree-drum-room-interview-part-6

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Clinic Review: John Blackwell @ Seminole Music & Sound

Tue, 27 Oct 2009 10:09:44 -0400 by webadmin
On Oct. 19th the DC crew was on hand to witness yet another great performance by  none other than John Blackwell himself. Just one day before leaving to Japan to start rehearsal for a pop tou...

http://www.drummerconnection.com/news/2009/10/27/38815-clinic-review-john-blackwell-seminole-music-sound

Zildjian on Tour @ Resurrection Drums - Hollywood, FL

Mon, 17 Aug 2009 16:24:19 -0400 by ThatDrummerKid
      During Zildjian On Tour, you'll have the chance to not only meet some of your favorite artists, but also check out some Sound Lab prototypes, take advantage...

http://www.drummerconnection.com/events/34705-zildjian-tour-resurrection-drums-hollywood-fl

John Blackwell Project - CD Release!

Wed, 24 Mar 2010 11:12:07 -0400 by drumfreak
From Paul Quin - John Blackwell's Manager: "Dear all: as most of you know I have spent the best part of the last year trying to be all things to the John Blackwell Project:  law...

http://www.drummerconnection.com/news/2010/03/24/45783-john-balckwell-project-cd-release

NAMM 2009 Drum Coverage: John Blackwell Interview: Zildjian Press Conference Today!!

Thu, 15 Jan 2009 02:52:21 -0500 by King
        The 2009 Winter NAMM Show kicks off tomorrow and looks to be one of the best yet. Zildjian will be hosting a press conference to announce ...

http://www.drummerconnection.com/news/2009/01/15/4424-namm-2009-john-blackwell-interview-zildjian-press-conference-today

John Blackell - Private Lessons @ Seminole Music and Sound: Seminole Fl

Fri, 29 Aug 2008 15:07:09 -0400 by King
John Blackwell will be offering private lessons at Seminole Music and Sound all day Friday September 12th. Cost is $100 per Hour lesson. Please call the store for times and availability so y...

http://www.drummerconnection.com/events/3190-john-blackell-private-lessons-seminole-music-and-sound-seminole-fl

NAMM 2009 - NEW Zildjian Stick Models

Thu, 15 Jan 2009 11:45:00 -0500 by King
Zildjian Product Manager Ron Allman gives a brief presentation about the 4 new stick models available this year at the 2009 Winter NAMM Show. -Travis Barker - Ronnie Vannucci - John B...

http://www.drummerconnection.com/featured/video/4738-namm-2009-new-zildjian-stick-models

John Blackwell Goes to Zildjian

Mon, 31 Mar 2008 09:45:14 -0400 by King
    As of 3/27/08 drumming sensation John Blackwell has made the switch and will now be endorsing Zildjian cymbals. John, having played with such talents as Prince ...

http://www.drummerconnection.com/news/2008/03/31/1519-john-blackwell-goes-zildjian

SNEAK PEEK!! John Blackwell at Buddy Rich Memorial

Wed, 03 Dec 2008 11:39:52 -0500 by King
Here is a preview of John Blackwell at the Buddy Rich Memorial Concert provided to us from Don Lombardi and the staff Drum Channel. You can watch the concert in its entirerty on the Drum Channel, De...

http://www.drummerconnection.com/featured/video/3851-sneak-peek-john-blackwell-buddy-rich-memorial

SNEAK PEEK!! John Blackwell at Buddy Rich Memorial

Wed, 03 Dec 2008 12:13:52 -0500 by King
    While attending the Buddy Rich Memorial we were fortunate enough to record some backstage footage of John Blackwell's rehearsal. However, with respect to the Dru...

http://www.drummerconnection.com/news/2008/12/03/3852-sneak-peek-john-blackwell-buddy-rich-memorial

Drum Rehab With John Blackwell

Tue, 15 Jan 2008 18:27:24 -0500 by King
We all have our influences and role models when it comes to our favorite instruments. To see such an artist perform is a memorable experience, to meet them gives you something to remember fo...

http://www.drummerconnection.com/news/2008/01/15/986-drum-rehab-with-john-blackwell

John Blackwell Lick - The Drum Ninja

Sun, 27 Jun 2010 21:59:10 -0400 by thedrumninja
Here's a nice lick that I picked up off the John Blackwell DvD - Technique, Grooving and Showmanship. He calls it the Marcus Willams Pattern. In this video I am playing the hands in unison but you ...

http://www.drummerconnection.com/drumlessons/youtube/47981-john-blackwell-lick-drum-ninja

My Experience With John Blackwell

Wed, 02 Jan 2008 13:46:38 -0500 by ThatDrummerKid
Well, let’s start when I got to Seminole Music and Sound. Damian and I arrived right around the time that Eric was going in for his lesson. While wandering around the store, I was feeling a little...

http://www.drummerconnection.com/news/2008/01/02/921-my-experience-with-john-blackwell

John Blackwell Clinic @ Seminole Music & Sound

Thu, 15 Oct 2009 10:25:23 -0400 by ThatDrummerKid
      John Blackwell has played on some of the world's largest stages with Prince and Justin Timberlake and continues to win and place year after year, in drumm...

http://www.drummerconnection.com/events/37975-john-blackwell-clinic-seminole-music-sound

NEW Zildjian Contests for '09!

Mon, 09 Feb 2009 16:21:37 -0500 by webadmin
"Being part of the Zildjian Company and being part of the Zildjian brand there are some things we can do with our sticks that I don’t think anyone else can do." Ron Allman ...

http://www.drummerconnection.com/news/2009/02/09/4908-new-zildjian-contests-09

John Blackwell Lessons Friday Feb.29th

Wed, 27 Feb 2008 14:32:11 -0500 by King
Celebrate leap year and have your drumming leap to the next level with a private lesson from John Blackwell. Friday Feb. 29th at Seminole Music & Sound. Call or email for available ...

http://www.drummerconnection.com/news/2008/02/27/1268-john-blackwell-lessons-friday-feb29th

Zildjian on Tour @ Seminole Music & Sound - Seminole FL

Mon, 17 Aug 2009 15:13:15 -0400 by ThatDrummerKid
      During Zildjian On Tour, you'll have the chance to not only meet some of your favorite artists, but also check out some Sound Lab prototypes, take advantage...

http://www.drummerconnection.com/events/34695-zildjian-tour-seminole-music-sound-seminole-fl

John Blackell - Private Lessons @ Seminole Music and Sound: Seminole Fl

Mon, 18 Aug 2008 12:13:36 -0400 by King
John Blackwell will be offering private lessons at Seminole Music and Sound all day Saturday August 22nd. Please call the store for times and availability so you don't miss the opportunity to ...

http://www.drummerconnection.com/events/3125-john-blackell-private-lessons-seminole-music-and-sound-seminole-fl

Seminole Music and Sound

Thu, 29 Nov 2007 13:05:09 -0500 by King
The other day I had the pleasure of visiting a local shop called Seminole Music and Sound.  Having been in business for over 25 years , the store has made it's home in a shopping plaza near...

http://www.drummerconnection.com/news/2007/11/29/804-seminole-music-and-sound

John Blackwell Clinic @ Seminole Music & Sound - Tonight

Tue, 16 Dec 2008 09:47:30 -0500 by ThatDrummerKid
John Blackwell (Prince, Justin Timberlake, Cameo, P. Diddy, Patty LaBell) will perform a Free Drum Clinic on Tuesday, Dec. 16 @ 7pm. John will perform songs, solos and answer questi...

http://www.drummerconnection.com/news/2008/12/16/3981-john-blackwell-clinic-seminole-music-sound-tonight

The 1-2 Pattern

Fri, 25 Apr 2008 12:06:00 -0400 by King
This exercise alternates between single and double strokes on the feet. This feels similar to the Marcus Williams pattern which is a staple of John Blackwell's warm up routine. ...

http://www.drummerconnection.com/drumlessons/2336-the-1-2-pattern

John Blackwell Clinic @ Seminole Music & Sound - Seminole,FL

Mon, 01 Dec 2008 09:49:37 -0500 by ThatDrummerKid
John Blackwell (Prince, Justin Timberlake, Cameo, P. Diddy, Patty LaBell) will perform a Free Drum Clinic on Tuesday, Dec. 16 @ 7pm. John will perform songs, solos and answer questio...

http://www.drummerconnection.com/events/3835-john-blackwell-clinic-seminole-music-sound-seminolefl

John Blackwell - The Gov'nor

Wed, 14 Oct 2009 09:31:11 -0400 by - - D - -
Feauturing Matrix at Modern Drummer Festival 2002 with Tom Coster,Keys Baron Browne,Bass Bruce Bartlett,Guitar ...

http://www.drummerconnection.com/users/debrasil/media/youtube/37946-john-blackwell-govnor

New John Blackwell DVD from Hudson out Oct. 2nd

Thu, 25 Sep 2008 14:48:53 -0400 by ThatDrummerKid
Hudson Music announces the latest addition to its Master Series of drum instruction DVDs — John Blackwell: Master Series. The three-hour long DVD is jam packed with patterns and drum parts played ...

http://www.drummerconnection.com/news/2008/09/16/3367-new-john-blackwell-dvd-hudson

NEW DVD - John Blackwell: Master Series

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 10:32:59 -0500 by ThatDrummerKid
Filmed in front of a live audience, John demonstrates the musical skills that have made him the drummer of choice for artists such as Prince, Patti LaBelle, and Justin Timberlake. John pe...

http://www.drummerconnection.com/news/2008/11/14/3694-new-dvd-john-blackwell-master-series

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Kobe Says Every time I hear John

Submitted On: Thursday, Mar 6, 2014 - 11:26 AM

Every time I hear John Blackwell performing on stage, I am speechless, with each concert he proves that he really is a legend. Perseverance and hard work are the keys to such success, abilities that defines the young artists from http://singforhope.org/, their commitment will help them fulfill their dreams.

arnelpineda Says Since the day that I hear

Submitted On: Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013 - 12:47 PM

Since the day that I hear his voice and his music, it's really getting into my nerves like I wanted to play it again and again. From that time, I started collected all his music. I also engage my self on how to get more youtube views. Thanks John.

danas Says Re: Since the day that I hear

Submitted On: Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013 - 8:32 AM

You and me both my blog pal :) It's fantastic music... you simply just love it...

addam Says I wish I could see him

Submitted On: Tuesday, Jun 25, 2013 - 4:19 PM

I wish I could see him teaching music at our college. Some of my coleagues are fascinated by his work, I'm sure having him around would be such an amazing experience from both sides. Until we get that lucky I still have to rely on my faithful custom writing resource.

King Says Thanks again fellas!

Submitted On: Tuesday, Oct 27, 2009 - 9:54 AM

Thanks again John and John (no particular order) and The Mighty Quin for giving us this opportunity. We love you guys!

billy ashbaugh Says Thanks John

Submitted On: Friday, Oct 23, 2009 - 4:55 PM

Thanks again John for taking the time to share some thoughts with us. It was a pleasure getting to watch your clinic, great job man!! Also, thanks to Paul & John Spinelli for making this possible!

seminole Says Wow, Blackwell did it again!

Submitted On: Friday, Oct 23, 2009 - 10:10 AM

Every time John does a clinic it is always different. Yeah, he does his "signature licks" and plays his "nasty grooves" but he also takes you somewhere we haven't been before. John works hard on his craft to better himself and inspire the rest of us.

Super thanks to John Blackwell for hanging out until 11pm talking to everyone and signing autographs doing the interview and playing his butt off. And special thanks to Drummer Connection for sharing this with everyone who couldn't attend.

John

drumfreak Says Thank You!!

Submitted On: Friday, Oct 23, 2009 - 12:23 AM

Thank You John Blackwell, John Spinelli and Paul Quin for making this interview possible. It has been a pleasure to follow John Blackwell and to be able to speak to him and watch him perform regularly. Seminole Music & Sound has pulled through once again and helped another star shine.

Thanks Everyone!
//drumfreak

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