Internationally acclaimed British drummer Gary Husband wants to motivate you to realize your own potential, and to become inspired by your individuality. He has been hard at work creating his Drum Tuition Videocast Series, which is available to anyone via his website. In these videos, Gary offers his unique perspective on the instrument and how each of us can access something wonderful no matter our level of technical ability – the only thing that matters, Gary will tell you, is your level of passion for drumming and your willingness to expand.
Gary says the inception of this series stemmed from an experience he had with a young drummer who reached out to him online:
“He asked me if he could send me some of his stuff, and what he sent me, this guy was just playing really soulfully; a really happening young player with a good kind of feeling and way of playing that seemed to be really ‘him’. I told him I was happy that he shared it with me and that it was really incredible. I asked what was next on his agenda. He told me that he was appearing in a drum festival with about 14 other drummers. I wished him the best and told him to go along and play like he did in the video he shared with me. Then about three days later he got back to me, and I asked him how it went. He said he had to pull out! I asked ‘why?’ He said because he realized he couldn’t “shred” half as much as the other guys who were playing. I was taken aback, with the musicality that he’d demonstrated and things he did have together…I told him I never wanted to hear him say anything like that again – ‘You should never hide behind any kind of inferiority feelings when you have music like that going on in your head. As far as I’m concerned you could play in front of anybody.’ I think he got my message.
So, if I could affect someone in a positive way like that, just out of encouragement, it made me think that if I could encourage this one person, maybe I should try to help more than a few people, who might be familiar with my playing or who are hung up in the areas that I’ll be tackling in the course–which are a little bit different and alternative in a general way. … I just got the bug again to address these types of situations, as I thought they are able to be addressed. And, corresponding with a lot of the things that I believe, and experiences that I’ve had. You know, I’m an old guy now [laughs]. Maybe I’ll be able to introduce younger people to concepts that they aren’t familiar with that they could really immerse themselves in. I want to teach by example, with me being the example of what can be done if you stretch this way, integrate this, think openly and stay open…and in regards to being creative and staying true to yourself, trying to cultivate the very deepest feelings that you have about playing, and to start embracing those and make friends with the feeling of being able to be in contact with them, and have them at your disposal, and have them as a familiar reference…having it correspond with your story. Not my story or anyone else’s. We want to be able to play from what we feel and what our experience is in life and our state of being in the world and what we’re thinking about and all the wonder that is around us. I want to address things like the physical and metaphysical; things that I don’t see being addressed very much online. I’m very hopeful that people will get a lot of, at least, some different perspective from it.”
Affordable at just £8, (approx US $9 or 9€) for a 30-40 minute tutorial, they are also packed with features such as downloadable drum-less track play-alongs, drum charts and guides, and include guest interviews as well as plenty of links to great related online content such as YouTube footage. A rewards program will enable drummers to join an online club with a members-only forum that Gary will be highly active in, once they’ve accessed 10 videocasts over any period of time.
Access this very special material from one of the world’s most respected artists and begin seeing the drums with a fresh perspective. Gary will help you tap into your inner artist, which at the end of the day, is what is most important for all of us to be respectful of!