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Mini-Episode 2 - The Texan

For episode 2 of "Accountability Thursday" we doff our cap to Austin resident Tom Brechtlein and work on the NARD solo, "The Texan". Tom recently relocated to Austin and has worked out of the NARD book (he talked about it during our chat from episode 65) so we thought it was only logical to make this solo a part of our new show! This solo is a bit longer and has a few more twists and turns than our last solo. The highlights feature eighth note, ternary style, seven stroke rolls along with...

Duration: 00:10:12

Episode 79 - Interview - Inside Regal Tip with CW Dunbar

This week we conduct our first interview of 2018. We welcome artist relations manager of Regal Tip, CW Dunbar. In this episode we cover the history of Regal Tip and discuss the company's upcoming 60th anniversary. After that we go through the product catalog and discuss the manufacturing process of your favorite Regal Tip instruments. He also talks about the daily operations at the company and what it's like to work in the factory. We finish up with education, clinics, endorsement and artist...

Duration: 01:00:09

Episode 78 - Artist Feature - Lewis Nash

We are back with fresh, new episodes for 2018! We start off the new year with an artist feature with one of our favorite musicians, Lewis Nash. Originally from Phoenix, Nash relocated to New York City over 30 years ago. He skyrocketed to the top of the jazz world and became first call for luminaries such as: Tommy Flanagan, Ron Carter, Kenny Barron, Mulgrew Miller, Joe Lovano, Branford Marsalis, and many more. Recently he moved back to Phoenix where he established "The Nash", a non-profit...

Duration: 01:09:41

Mini - Episode 1 - Smitty's Delight

Welcome to "Accountability Thursday" Mini-Episode 1! On the first and third Thursday's of every month we'll practice together using a classic rudimental solo. We're going to ease into the new year with something short and sweet. For our inaugural edition we'll work on "Smitty's Delight" from the NARD drum solo book. There's nothing terribly difficult or unique about this solo however be careful with the 15 stroke rolls at the start of the second half of the solo! Make sure you practice...

Duration: 00:06:21

Episode 77 - The Segments - Best Of 2017

We finish out 2017 (and wipe the slate clean for 2018) with a final nod toward our favorite segments of the year. Tune in to hear Phil and Jon's favorite gear recommendations, great drum track picks, favorite underrated drummers, helpful repair tips from the Drummer's Weekly Groovecast Garage and much more. Join us for one last hurrah before next week's first, new show of 2018. Subscribe today! We're available on Itunes, Google Play Podcasts, Stitcher, Podbean, and everywhere you listen to...

Duration: 01:50:18

Episode 76 - The Interviews - Best Of 2017

Join us this week as we take a look back at highlights from our favorite interviews of 2017! We were fortunate all year long to have been given time with some of Groovecast Nation's favorite drummers, educators, musicians, and industry insiders. In this show we highlight the best of the best along with every single "DWG Rorschach Test"! New shows are available every Monday and can be found in Itunes, Google Play Podcasts, Stitcher, Podbean, and everywhere you listen to your favorite...

Duration: 01:44:05

Accountability Thursday Official Announcement

This week we announce that new for 2018 we'll be bringing you even more exclusive content and interactive participation! Starting on January 4th (and continuing on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month) we're introducing a new educational campaign entitled, "Accountability Thursday". We'll ring in the new year with a resolution to practice and we'll do it together as one big listening family! Listen to this mini-episode/official announcement for details!

Duration: 00:04:25

Episode 75 - Interview - Dr. Howard Schubiner MD- Curing Chronic Pain

Many musicians suffer from some type of chronic pain. Unfortunately this pain normally threatens the comfort (if not the viability) of your performance. And we haven't even begun to include your basic quality of life! If you or someone you know is affected by chronic pain then this episode is an absolute must-listen. Dr. Howard Schubiner is one of the foremost authorities on chronic pain and his techniques are not only groundbreaking but also drug free. In this special episode he spoke to...

Duration: 01:08:00

Episode 74 - Alternative Sounds

Alternative sounds, contraptions, traps, accoutrement! They're all the rage and have been for a very long time. However the current preference of alternative sounds on the drum set span the realm of new, acoustic inventions as well as electronic pads and controllers. In this episode we give you some historical context for the implementation of alternative sounds and then run down the list of our favorite, current acoustic and electronic alternative sounds. We finish off the show with our...

Duration: 00:57:29

Episode 73 - The Politics Of Drumming

"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." - Plato Politics can be a messy subject. However in this episode we want to view that subject in a different light. No matter what profession you choose somewhere down the line you'll have to engage in some sort of political negotiation. We share our stories and then help with the topics of: networking, backbiting, negativity, who you know vs. what you know, rumors, and much...

Duration: 01:12:25

Episode 72 - Artist Feature - Jim Gordon

This week we start a new show format! Periodically we'll be highlighting one drummer's career and discography and for this inaugural edition we're featuring drumming legend, Jim Gordon. Jim's career is truly a Hollywood film noir. Aside from playing on some of music's greatest hits Jim also played live with some of rock and rolls greatest artists such as: Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton, Dave Mason, George Harrison, Steely Dan, and Frank Zappa. However alcohol and drug abuse took its toll on his...

Duration: 00:54:05

Episode 71 - Stuff Drummers Do

Happy Thanksgiving from Phil and Jon! This week we thank you, the listeners, for your continued support and for the success of this show. We take some time for good natured ribbing of our drumming brethren by discussing all the things that we do better (and sometimes worse) than anyone else in the music community. Practice shortcuts, speed for speed's sake, gear trends, and drum hangs are the punching bags for the week. We also give our picks for a great underrated drum track. Lastly, we...

Duration: 01:05:08

Episode 70 - Interview - Mike Johnston

Mike Johnston (of is a person of many talents. He's a tremendous communicator, a great player, a wonderful businessman, a superb teacher, and a heck of a nice guy. When you put all that together you have one of the most successful and busy music entrepreneurs of our time. He was kind enough to sit down with us for a chat about his web site, his teaching, and his business methods. We get deep into education with discussions about philosophies and techniques as well as...

Duration: 01:42:12

Episode 69 - Interview - Ra Kalam Bob Moses

This week we move back into interview mode as we sit down with master musician, Ra Kalam Bob Moses. Bob is known for his vast catalog of recorded music and his collaboration with some of the greatest musicians of our time. Bob has worked with: Larry Coryell, Pat Metheny, Gary Burton, Hal Galper, Dave Liebman, Steve Kuhn, Mike Gibbs, Steve Swallow, Jack DeJohnette, Harold Vick, Edgar Bateman, and guitarist/spiritual mentor Tisziji Munoz. We open up with discussion of his upbringing in New...

Duration: 01:34:16

Episode 68 - You're Fired!

In a list of life's traumatic events being fired from your job is one of the biggest. Many psychologists say that it ranks up there with the death of a spouse, imprisonment, and divorce. In this episode Phil and Jon share their personal experiences along with other real life situations. We then cover what you can do afterward to get past this occurrence and ensure that if it were to ever happen again it wouldn't be due to something under your control. We finish the show with our segment on...

Duration: 01:04:52

Episode 67 - Balancing Career And Personal Life

This week we debut a new segment - The DWG Garage! In this part of the show we'll put your drums up on the lift, assemble, disassemble, and hot rod your favorite gear! Then our main topic puts a distinct musician's slant on the concept of balancing your personal life with your musical life. Being a professional drummer and the trappings of maintaining a successful career is very different than that of someone with an office job. Everything from our unusual hours to the hesitation of...

Duration: 01:06:14

Episode 66 - The Hi Hat Show

Join us as we continue to work our way around the drum set. This week we discuss our favorite hi hats! Picking out the perfect set of hats has its own unique challenges. First, you have to find two cymbals that work together well. Next, they have to feel right. Lastly, they should sound good when played heavy, light, open, closed, chick sound, etc. Those demands are more than we put on any other cymbal. Add to the fact that we generally play hi hats on every single song and you discover...

Duration: 01:05:46

Episode 65 - Interview - Tom Brechtlein

Tom Brechtlein is one of the premier drummers of our time. The list of names that he's performed with include: Chick Corea, Al Di Meola, Jean Luc Ponty, Wayne Shorter, Don Grusin, Kei Akagi, Allan Vizzuti, Robben Ford, and Natalie Cole. We were honored to be able to speak with Tom and he did not disappoint! In this episode not only does Tom talk about his association with the above artists he also tells us about growing up in Long Island, NY and how the music programs in public school...

Duration: 01:34:50

Episode 64 - The Zen Of Accommodation

Oooommmmm...breathe deeply and be amenable...Being an accommodating, thoughtful musician is a quality that all successful players have in common. In this show we talk about getting past the thought that you have to be uncompromising to be regarded as someone who is knowledgeable about their craft. In fact if you can get to the point of embracing flexibility with a thoughtful and respectful attitude you can more frequently enjoy situations of uncertainty and be regarded as an accommodating...

Duration: 01:03:47

Episode 63 - Interview - Chris Brady (Aquarian Drum Heads Artist Relations & Marketing)

This week we have the privilege of speaking with industry great, Chris Brady of Aquarian Drum Heads. We get to hear about his drumming career and how it led to his interest in the business side of the industry. He then discusses his initial contact with Aquarian and how he got the job. We then talk about their various product offerings, how they are researched and how they are manufactured. Then we spend some time discussing the business side of the industry. Chris covers: getting...

Duration: 01:35:57

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