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"If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music.
I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music." ~ Albert Einstein
Playing the drums for a rock band requires the stamina of a Premiership footballer, research suggests. Tests on Clem Burke, the veteran Blondie drummer, revealed that 90 minutes of drumming could raise his heart rate to 190 beats a minute.
Despite rock's reputation for unhealthy living, Dr Marcus Smith, from Chichester University, said drummers needed "extraordinary stamina".
A hour in concert could burn between 400 and 600 calories, he said.
Clem Burke, who provided the beat for hits such as "Heart of Glass", "Atomic" and "Call Me" was invited to take part in the eight-year project by Blondie fan Dr Smith.
It is hoped that the results could help develop outreach programmes for overweight children who are not interested in sport.
Read the article from BBC News
LESSONS AT RICK'S STUDIO
Since 1995, the goal of Rick Stojak's drum studio is to help support all drummers of every level and experience by offering instruction,
goal setting, motivation, equipment guidance and career consultation. It has been a place where drummers of every level grow musically, professionally and personally
by studying privately or in group workshops.
Rick also hosts drum clinics with some of the greatest drummers in the world including
metal drumming legend Gene Hoglan, Daniel Glass of the Brian Setzer Orchestra and funk drumming legend Zoro the drummer.
Rick teaches all styles (rock, jazz, pop, funk, blues, hip-hop, metal, Latin, world). He also offers hand percussion lessons on many instruments,
including conga, bongos, timbales, and orchestral percussion. If you need assistance with Roland electronic drum or percussion programming and set up, Rick is available to help.
"Rick Stojak's 'How to Build a Drum Groove' is an excellent foray into keeping
teaching simple and fun! I was not a music reader before I started
this book, but boy, it sure is turning me into one. And the extensive Song Index is genius!
All of these great songs that we all already know, listed in such a way that
upon first glimpse, you're already a leg up in learning. How cool is that?
By the time you're done with this book, you will be well on your way to
mastering the basics of rock drumming, which is what we all love to do!
I highly recommend 'How to Build a Drum Groove' to drummers of all ages!"