What Is A Kalimba? – Hypnotic Tones, Tines & Tines Again!

Kalimba EWF album CARTOONED

Above my Pearl drum kit in my studio hangs a massive poster of Earth, Wind & Fire. It came folded up inside the LP record “All ‘N’ All” when you bought it in the 70s. Around the sides of the poster also hang my favorite EWF records – the ones that I’ve listened to countless …

The Percussion Instruments List – Once Upon A Log… !

baby percussion CARTOONED

From the time man first picked up a rock, or a tusk, or a piece of wood… … and hit a log, or threw it at a boulder, or clicked any of those things together… … there has been music.  Nuts in an animal skin; bones against a cave wall; seeds shaken in a gourd… …

Tama “Tension Watch” Review – Precise Measurements For Your Cookbook Of Tone!

Tension Watch dinner! CARTOONED

This week, my wife and I were watching a great cooking show called ” Salt Fat Acid Heat”. It documents the travels of Samin Nosrat through Italy, Japan, Mexico and America as she explores the myriad of ways these four attributes are used in cooking. Seeing the seemingly endless ways you can cook any given …

The Drum Mic Shield – How To NOT Let It Bleed!

Pyle Featured Image CARTOONED

I’ve got to confess right up front… there are some audio intricacies I still don’t feel I’ve mastered. Doesn’t matter how many decades you work with music gear… there’s always something else to learn; somewhere else to grow; some new facet of our industry and our performance methodology that we can conquer. This week… it’s the …

My PDP Maple Snare – It’s Side-stick, Rimshot Heaven, Yo!!

PDP snare CARTOONED

“Africa” by Toto.   Can you believe how much it’s being played these days??! I mean… even Weezer doing a cover of it THIRTY-SIX YEARS after its initial release??! Wow!   You’ve got to give it up for any song that features drums right at the top of the song. And what a groove! Jeff …

Ludwig Drums – The Legacy Lives On!

Ludwig CARTOON kit

In the year 2000 my life, and music, was improved significantly by the introduction of a new friend – Jim Lewis. You ever meet someone and just instantly hit it off?? That’s how it was with Jim. His infectious smile and quiet, witty way of processing the world made ya wanna hang with him. And …

What Is A Bodhran? – Heartbeat Of The Emerald Isle!

Playing the Bodhran

In 2015, I made an exciting discovery! Have you ever taken up a new musical instrument? Then you’ll know what I mean.   That first discovery expanded my musical world, and eventually led me to another discovery, and the very question I pose to you today: “What is a Bodhran??”   Now that I’ve been …