Drummer extraordinaire Kenny Aronoff presented two sold-out master classes at Jay Woods's Woodshed in South Windsor, Connecticut on April 16th, 2016
Kenny began by emphasizing his Four Concepts of Drumming…Beat, Time, Groove, and Creativity.
He continued with Functional Practicing - How to practice, and what to practice.
Kenny’s Warm-Up Exercises:
Hand and Feet Patterns with Single and Double Stroke Rolls
Select Beats, Fills, Grooves, and Techniques
Kenny’s five key points to being a successful, Session/Recording Drummer Equipment
Working With a Click
Getting Along With Everyone…Listen, Learn, Lead
Kenny’s Favorite Sticking Patterns:
Five ways to prepare for a gig
Knowing your Tempos
Count Off’s and Endings
Kenny demonstrated many of his personal concepts throughout the master class…Hitting the drums with an equal amount of finesse and power. He also answered numerous questions from the audience, once again showing why he is in the upper echelons of the international drumming community.
About Kenny Aronoff:
Kenny grew up Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and originally trained as a classical percussionist before changing his focus to drum kit upon graduating from Indiana University.
Kenny is one of the world’s most influential and in-demand drummers. The list of artists he’s worked with reads like a who’s who of the music industry, and includes John Mellencamp, The Smashing Pumpkins, Bob Seger, Melissa Etheridge, Jon Bon Jovi, Elton John, Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Alanis Morissette, The Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Avril Lavigne, John Fogerty, Joe Cocker, Mick Jagger, Alice Cooper, Meat Loaf, Bonnie Raitt, Ricky Martin, Santana, Trey Anastasio, Michelle Branch, the BoDeans, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and many others. Chances are you’ve heard dozens and dozens of songs featuring Kenny’s fantastic drumming.
Kenny is also one of hardest working musicians in the business, a consummate professional, the perfect gentleman, and incredibly health-conscious. Kenny said, "I want to play until I'm 100 and live to be 110!"
Todd Sucherman is definitely correct when he says, "Music keeps you young." Kenny is proof positive of that!
Jay Wood and The Woodshed
Jay Woods’ Woodshed, is the place to be for drummers in the state of Connecticut. Jay is the owner - instructor at The Woodshed Drum Studio in South Windsor, CT, where he teaches drummers of all ages, abilities, and musical styles.
The Woodshed is a place where drummers of all levels and ages come together to share ideas, sharpen their skills, and hang out in a relaxed and creative atmosphere.
Jay Wood has been playing drums professionally for over 25 years. He attended the University of North Texas Jazz Studies program where he studied with Michael Drake and Ed Soph. He is well-versed in all styles of music, and currently plays with Nashville singer/songwriter Frankie Justin Lamprey and Roughstock. Between recording projects, he also plays with the commercial pop band Radio Waves, and freelances with numerous groups throughout New England. Jay is endorsed by Tama Drums and Vic Firth sticks.
The Woodshed offers a wide variety of lessons catered to the individual…Master classes by Jay, and special guest drummers Jim Riley and Stephane Chamberland. He is also affiliated with local schools and colleges presenting programs and clinics on a variety of topics.
Jay’s life goals are to know and teach every style of drumming.
His website : www.jwoodshed.com is based on those concepts, and is broken down into three categories: Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced. Students will find sample lessons in each category to select the program that best suits their needs. Jay’s main teaching objective is to never let the body get in the way of creativity.
Jay will also be featured in an upcoming documentary on Randy Kaye, who played with such artists as Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Giuffre… He was Jay’s very first drum instructor.