First Song

Here’s a song produced by me as part of my project QUESTION EVERYTHING: Survivorman (.mp3 file). I submitted this song to the show of the same name. It incorporates sampling, loops and effects. The sampled instruments used came from the Garage Band library. Both drum parts were produced in two separate parts (main grooves then fills) and then combined as single tracks. The rest of the instruments were layered as multiple tracks. The editing was done using Audacity. My goal was to create something that sounded tribal. The jungle feel gives way to electronic drums signifying the collision of modern music technology and primitive rhythms. Let me know what you think.

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Calling all drum bloggers!

In an effort to form a closer community of like-minded individuals I am introducing the online Drum Blog Community. By displaying this banner on your blog you are stating that you are a proud participant in the community of drumming bloggers. As members of the ODC we will also help to cross-promote each other’s blogs. You can link to or download the banner to the top-left here: https://maubrecht.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/drum-blog-community.png

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History: Drum Signals

Over two hundred years ago military drummers on both sides of a conflict used their instruments to communicate in camp and on the field of battle. These signals were used for issuing duties and maneuvers. Here are a few common drum signals from the Revolutionary War. (Click on each audio link *mp3):

Turn Right http://www.history.org/history/teaching/enewsletter/volume2/images/turn_right.mp3
Turn Left http://www.history.org/history/teaching/enewsletter/volume2/images/turn_left.mp3
Turn About http://www.history.org/history/teaching/enewsletter/volume2/images/turn_about.mp3
Long Roll http://www.history.org/history/teaching/enewsletter/volume2/images/long_roll.mp3
Water Call http://www.history.org/history/teaching/enewsletter/volume2/images/water_call.mp3
Wood Call http://www.history.org/history/teaching/enewsletter/volume2/images/wood_call.mp3
First Sergeant’s Call http://www.history.org/history/teaching/enewsletter/volume2/images/1st_sgt.mp3
All Non-Commissioned Officers Call http://www.history.org/history/teaching/enewsletter/volume2/images/nco_call.mp3

Samples provided by Dr. William E. White, Director, Educational Program Development, Department of Education Outreach, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

For more on this topic search “Drummer Boys”

 

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Sean Deel Online

Drummer, Clinician, Founder, Educator, Entrepreneur…These are just some of the titles that describe Sean Deel. In addition to being a successful stage and session drummer, Sean runs his own foundation and a clothing line. Sean moved to Nashville a few years ago and quickly established himself as a go-to drummer. He is also founder of the Sean Deel Foundation, which assists with providing musical equipment to students of all ages. The foundation also promotes the creation of educational programs and lessons that encourage the art of drumming. Sean also owns and implements a new clothing line; Grind It Out Clothing. He has a new dynamic website that is a porthole to all of his ventures. This includes performance videos and gear breakdowns. Sean was asked about this new direction with his online presence. “This new website,” he said, “will enable me to provide up-to-date content. I will also be adding an educational section that will allow me to teach unlimited students across the web. My goal is to reach as many people as I can to support my efforts in both the music industry and business.” Check it out at: http://www.seandeel.net.

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Sponsor Videos

Special thanks to all of my sponsors. I only endorse products that I use and believe in. These companies produce exceptional products and are run by exceptional people. If you are interested in submitting your product for endorsement consideration and video review email me at ma@pinstripepress.net. Click links below for Video Review. These videos and more are available on my YouTube channel.

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Top-10 Ranking

Rich and I would like to thank everyone for keeping our book in the Top-10 on Amazon (“percussion” category). We are currently ranked #9 just behind Jim Riley’s excellent book. It’s been a couple years since the book was released and we never predicted its staying power.

 

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Not drumming-related but…

In my “other life” I am a Civil War Historian. I have written five Civil War titles to date. I also co-produced and appeared in a half-hour Civil War documentary. I still contribute regularly to the Emerging Civil War blog and copy write for renowned painter Mort Kunstler. I occasionally provide private battlefield tours and speaking engagements. I live within a few miles of four major Civil War battlefields and I am proud to say that two of my books are sanctioned by the National Park Service and carried in their gift shops. I have stepped away from authoring any new Civil War books in order to concentrate on my family but in an effort to promote my work that is not drumming-related; I am providing the synopsis and links below.

The Civil War in Spotsylvania County: Confederate Campfires at the Crossroads BUY HERE

From 1861 to 1865, hundreds of thousands of troops from both sides of the Civil War marched through, battled and camped in the woods and fields of Spotsylvania County, earning it the nickname ‘Crossroads of the Civil War.’ When not engaged with the enemy or drilling, a different kind of battle occupied soldier’s boredom, hunger, disease, homesickness, harsh winters and spirits both broken and swigged. Focusing specifically on the local Confederate encampments, renowned author and historian Michael Aubrecht draws from published memoirs, diaries, letters and testimonials from those who were there to give a fascinating new look into the day-to-day experiences of camp life in the Confederate army. So huddle around the fire and discover the days when the only meal was a scrap of hardtack, temptation was mighty and a new game they called ‘baseball’ passed the time when not playing poker or waging a snowball war on fellow compatriots.

Historic Churches of Fredericksburg: Houses of the Holy BUY HERE

Historic Churches of Fredericksburg: Houses of the Holy recalls stories of rebellion, racism and reconstruction as experienced by Secessionists, Unionists and the African American population in Fredericksburg’s landmark churches during the Civil War and Reconstruction eras. Using a wide variety of materials compiled from the local National Park archives, author Michael Aubrecht presents multiple perspectives from local believers and nonbelievers who witnessed the country’s Great Divide. Learn about the importance of faith in old Fredericksburg through the recollections of local clergy such as Reverend Tucker Lacy; excerpts from slave narratives as recorded by Joseph F. Walker; impressions of military commanders such as Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson; and stories of the conflict over African American churches.

The Angel of Marye’s Heights RENT HERE

On December 13th, 1862, Federal forces suffered terrible casualties in assaults against Confederate defenders on the heights behind the city of Fredericksburg. Although this engagement was tactically insignificant to either side during the Civil War, the actions of Confederate Sgt. Richard Kirkland left a lasting legacy and gave birth to the story of “The Angel of Marye’s Heights.”

Onward Christian Soldier: The Spiritual Journey Of Stonewall BUY HERE

This is a story about faith. A story filled with the kinds of heartache and hardships that would leave many of us questioning our own beliefs. It is a love story that is filled with sorrow, testimony, hope and despair. It is a story that reaffirms the power of prayer and that all things in Him are possible. Ultimately, it is the story of a man who suffered greatly, but chose to embrace the Will of his Savior as the foundation for a legendary life. Onward Christian Soldier presents an intimate portrait of Confederate General Thomas Stonewall Jackson. Unlike the countless military studies that have come before, this inspirational book focuses on both the spiritual and historical milestones in the life of this American icon.

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FUN Teaching Aid

I have developed a teaching aid (PDF) to complement our book/DVD FUNdamentals of Drumming for Kids. This presentation can be used by instructors and teachers alike in a classroom or one-on-one setting. It has been designed to introduce various topics to the student prior to reading the book. It should also make the book easier to comprehend: Download Here. For more current information, visit our Facebook page.

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Complete Music for the Fife and Drum

This collection of 78 tunes notated by Walter D. Sweet contains Civil War selections as well as many other traditional favorites. Each arrangement features harmony, style marks and guitar chords. The music is supplemented with histories of the tunes and drumbeats. Complete Music for Fife and Drum was compiled by a professional fifer and intended for the military fife in B-flat. This book offers tunes from the Revolutionary and Civil War eras with suggested snare and bass drum parts as well as chord progressions. It also contains a wealth of fife and drum history and resources. The author, Walter Sweet, is the son of the well-known American fife maker Ralph Sweet of Connecticut. Civil War-era songs include: Dixie, Marching Through Georgia, The Bonnie Blue Flag and Stonewall Jackson’s Way just to name a few. (Includes access to online audio.) You can order this unique book online at Mel Bay Products.

Here is a sample of the book’s Civil War-era songs:

Audio Sample 1 (Just Before the Battle Mother)

For other posts focusing on Drummer Boys, search the term “Civil War”.

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Two-Year Anniversary

This month marks the two-year anniversary of the Off Beat blog. Over the last two years Off Beat has expanded to present a variety of topics including history, techniques, products and exclusive interviews. During that time I have written over 300 posts that have been read by over 20,000 unique visitors. In an effort to expand Off Beat has also partnered with other media outlets and will continue to grow. Thanks for your support. Here are a few comments from our visitors:

“This blog is outstanding. I love the videos.” – BA Parks

“I visit Off Beat daily. You never fail to deliver.” – J Williams

“Your interviews are very interesting. I learned a lot.” – K Quenell

“Thanks for the history lesson.” – D Simmerson

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