Author Archives: derangeddrums

About derangeddrums

Composer, percussionist, musical director, teacher and educator. My music has been written for audiences in palaces and in the street. Music is my vocation and my passion and I hope you enjoy it too.

Demands of many deadlines

The track a day, #atrackaday, challenge has been very useful in concentrating my mind on an effective use of time and resources. I have uncovered many unreleased recordings as I delve through the archives and this week have put together … Continue reading

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A Track A Day

Or for some social media #atrackaday Introducing my New Year’s good intentions, after a holiday period of coughs and splutters, even though George Arnett in the Guardian article a few years ago found that 66% of resolutions last less than … Continue reading

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A to Z of Percussion

A couple of years ago I published a collection of blogs about percussion. It was an A to Z of percussion instruments and to save searching I have now collated all the links on one page. Here are all the … Continue reading

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Sing, Sing, Sing and Sing

It has been a busy ten days working with, and enjoying the sounds of, four very different choirs in Yorkshire. Performances in the sympathetic acoustic of Wakefield Cathedral to the unresponsive dryness of the Holiday Inn Barnsley function room and … Continue reading

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Me and my piano

I do not remember starting piano lessons although there are two dusty certificates somewhere in a box of papers to prove I passed my grade 1 and 2 piano examinations and for many years I spent hours at the piano … Continue reading

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Drummers are percussionists too

Well into the teaching term now and already some of the drum pupils are asking about when they will be playing percussion again. Introducing the sounds of percussion into the drum lessons has inspired most of the students to consider … Continue reading

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We are family 

Sometimes it is too hard to explain, better to go with the flow, so I’ll just say ‘thank you’ for everything.

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