A big old happy Father’s Day to all you out there…especially those of you that are fathers!
So I’ve been really interested transcribing music lately. This isn’t in the sense of transcribing things from guitar to piano, but in the sense of listening to a song and writing down the music…in notation. I really want to do a lot of it to examine various drummers and their styles, first mostly of the rock genre, but then to move on and challenge myself to do some transcribing of genres that I’m pretty unfamiliar with…such as latin and jazz. I’m also thinking about doing a few full albums, such as Busted Stuff by the Dave Matthews Band, Crash of ’47 by Atomship, Anchor Drops by Umphrey’s McGee, or any other really impressive CD drum-wise. THEN, once I’ve written the music down, I’ll learn to play it all! YEAH!
I’ve been contemplating college more and more recently. My two main priorities for selecting a school are a) Percussion program and b) financial situation. After school got out for summer I took a campus tour of Washburn, which was more impressive than I expected it to be. I always knew the average, “Yeah, it’s Washburn,” attitude, and was really surprised by the dorms, the fitness center, and some of the newer classrooms. I also met with Dr. Morgan, the percussion instructor, who I already know. At the beginning of July, my family and I are going to venture down south to check out the University of North Texas. Yeah, this place is 28,000 students huge, so I have no idea how I’ll feel about it since I’ve never been around a really big school like that. However, UNT has one of the top percussion programs in the nation. Another couple of place I want to check out are North Colorado, University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) and Berklee.
As of late, there is a woman at my church who is very eager for me to check out Yale. Ha, Ivy League is for those with money. Ha, I just looked up their percussion degrees: solo marimba/percussion, orchestral percussion, and contemporary chamber music. No thanks, Yale!
Anyway – I still have a lot of time to be deciding I guess.