Drumstick Spinology PLUS, THE COMPLETE METHOD TO SPINNING DRUMSTICKS

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Drumstick Spinology provides the secrets and methodology drummers need to become a part of this legacy. See you on stage!!!

THE COMPLETE METHOD TO SPINNING DRUMSTICKS

Featuring a new Drum-Line section plus Stick Clicking 

THE 56 MINUTE NEW MULTI REGIONAL DVD COMES F*R*E*E* WITH THE BOOK

THE FIRST BOOK EVER ON SPINNING DRUMSTICKS
A unique and complete system!!!
80 pages; 5 chapters: 15 Basic spins, 70 Variations,22 Applications, plus 7 Combination forms, all on DVD!!

The Book: DRUMSTICK SPINOLOGY™ is devoted to spinning drumsticks. Drummers will now be able to add a variety of visual effects to spice up their live performances. See below for an overview of the book and DVD.

The DVD brings each spin to life with close up shots, slow motion, detailed explanations, and live playing examples at the drum set, showing you how to incorporate this knowledge into your playing!

By the time you get through this body of work, you will have an extensive repertoire of spins to start putting your own show together.

The techniques and method described within will not only give you the tools to develop spinning drumsticks, but will help you to expand your repertoire, create your own spins, and develop your style on the stage by adding to your performance as a drummer and musician.

OVERVIEW

Drumstick Spinology™ is divided into two sections:

PART ONE
is the preparatory material, teaching you everything you will need to know to start spinning. You will learn my unique system for identifying the various parts of the hand and drumstick; see the several ways to grip the sticks; find out which directions it will travel; and try some warm up exercises. Using letters, numbers, words, directions, pictures, and diagrams, you will become familiar with the “jargon” or nomenclature of DRUMSTICK SPINOLOGY. I have written, re-written, and re-re written this material several times over the years to help express exactly what each of the various maneuvers called for.

PART TWO
teaches you the actual spins and is divided into five chapters:

Chapter 1 describes the 15 BASIC SPINS that will serve as your vocabulary or “alphabet” of spins.

Chapter 2
shows you 70 VARIATIONS (like forward, reverse, switching, walking) and many more extensions of the basic spins.

Chapter 3 is called APPLICATION and this is where you sit down at the drum set and apply these spins to your drumming. (Also included is a page of rhythms that you can play one handed, leaving your other hand free for spinning)

Chapter 4
shows you several COMBINATIONS, putting several spins together to form Spinology routines. These will help you truly MASTER your drumstick spinning!

Chapter 5 is a compilation of ideas for your entertainment, amusement and imagination, to further inspire your creativity with the drumsticks.

The DVD is about 56 minutes and contains the following:
(times are approximate)
20 sec.        SMG Inc Intro/credits
2 min.          Intro-Live drumming with spinning
2 1/2 min.      Explanation of the system
10 min.           Chapter 1 (no sound)
15 min.            Break down of common spins
18 min.             Chapter 2 (no sound)
7 min.                Chapter 3 (live application)
5 min.                 Chapter 4 (no sound)

The intro shot is me playing a funky drumbeat and spinning the sticks all over the place. I talk for a while and explain several things about the book, video, and how things are set up. Then I show you the 15 Basic Spins from Chapter 1 in regular and slow motion. (There is no background music or narration for Chapter 1, so don’t worry your TV’s not broken).
For the “break down” section I take a number of the more common spins used for live playing and break them down one by one. I show you how each spin fits with different tempos and styles, giving you the “inside scoop” (each time with slow motion).
Chapter 2 shows the 70 Variations with the hand and stick(s). With the black background, these spins really came out looking great.
Chapter 3 is again at the drum set, showing 22 Applications for your live playing. Watch out for my extra cool leather vest (my producers idea).
And finally in Chapter 4 are the Combinations, several single spins strung together to form “kata” or dance like routines.

Note: DON’T JUST WATCH THE DVD. Each spin is fully explained in the book. Use the pictures, hand diagram, directions, pertinent information, grips, and observations to better understand what you see in the video performance.

Visual enhancement of a musical performance is not a new idea. From ancient times, drummers have brought pageantry and spectacle to the art of performing. Throughout the ages great drummers have inspired and entertained with their rhythms and personalities. Those with an extra flare for showmanship and choreography have added a favorite spin or two captivating the eyes of the observer. Be it new or old, rock or jazz, small clubs or concert halls…the audiences are in awe. Drums have also played a large part in communication over time. War drums of old conveyed orders to the field, shaman communicated with the spirits, and even Morse code is a kind of drumming language.

I hope that this book and DVD will help to inspire a new generation of drummers.

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HEALTHYSTIX for your brain


By: Dr. Kurt W. Kuhn
, D.C. , M.S.M., D.A.C.N.B.(contact info. below)
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It probably seems odd to see a section in a book on drum stick spinning written by a doctor, who spends his days chasing down lesions in the brain. Imagine then how it was for Steve Stockmal who got an e-mail from me telling him how his book Drumstick Spinology™ was the best thing since sliced bread for kids with ADD/ADHD and other learning disorders.

For those of you who have an interest, I’ll cover the science in just a moment.
First I’d like to tell you about a little girl who was a patient of mine. She could light up a room with her smile, no kidding it’s a thousand watt smile. The problem was that she couldn’t keep up with school and that was a problem. She had difficulty with math.
Even though she came from a good home, even though her mother was a teacher, and even though she spent the time and worked hard. She had never tested at her own grade level in math.

Her problem was on the opposite side of the brain compared to a young man who was also a patient of mine. He was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. He also was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder and a few other things that can make it hard on an adolescent in high school.

While the symptoms were unique, the origin of the problem in both cases was brain. The brain is like a muscle, you use it or you lose it. In both cases developmentally these kids skipped a step in their brain’s development. Although it was not the same part of the brain affected, it happened for the same reason. It happened because the brain didn’t get the input it needed from the environment to cause the normal health, growth and development. What’s that got to do with Drumstick Spinology™? Simple it was one of the therapies we used to rehabilitate these kids towards their potential. How well did it work? Excellent, for the first time that little girl tested at her grade level in math.
And that young man will be listed in Who’s Who in American High Schools; I believe they both can look forward to a whole new way of life.

Why does drumstick spinning work so well with these kids? The science aside, because they do it! Of all the home care that I have prescribed, this is the one that gets done. You see it’s important to have these kids constantly input their system in a way that exercises the weak neurological pathways. And after all, what kid doesn’t like being a rock and roll star?

This is why you can look forward to more variations of spin material because Drstix (alias Steve Stockmal) is working to give kids a chance to have a level playing field in school. That helps the kids and it also helps the drum community, because for you drummers that means chunked down information that is easy to digest on new and upcoming DVD’s and books. It also means applying neurology to your drumming so that you strengthen your brain and improve you drum skills in the most neurologically efficient way. That translates to faster more accurate playing. I like what this does for the brain and drumming so much, I’m using it myself.

Credit must go to whom it is due. There are two people that are pioneers in this field and they are instrumental in the teaching of this information to the health professions. The two are Dr. Ted Carrick and Dr. Robert Melillo. They may be contacted via the Carrick
Institute for Graduate Studies, via contact information at the end of this section. If you are looking for a specialist in your area, I’ve also listed the information for how to contact the American Chiropractic Neurology Board in that section also. They have a complete listing of board certified chiropractic neurologists worldwide.

For you physicians and other science heads, here’s an over simplification of an explanation, think of it as the Reader’s Digest version of how stick spinning helps kids. Every cell in the nervous system requires two things for its survival: fuel and activation. Fuel for the nervous system is oxygen and sugars. Activation is input from other nerves.

No fuel and the brain dies, we call that a stroke. No activation and the same thing can happen much slower and we use less familiar terms like “transneural degeneration, retrograde chromatolysis or hypo metabolism.” These terms simply mean that when it comes to the nervous system, if you don’t use it you lose it. In many ways the nervous system is like a muscle. If you don’t use a muscle it becomes weaker and eventually will atrophy.

Nerves fire all or nothing just like MIDI . They are either “note on” or “note off,”
1 or 0 after they become depolarized. Depolarization is the name for the chemical
and electrical events that occur when a nerve to fires. Depolarization happens
either from “temporal or spatial summation.”

“Temporal summation” is when enough individual impulses from a single source,
which are individually too small to cause the nerve to fire, stack up on top of each
other within a given time frame, and thus “summating” or adding up to become enough electrical charge to cause the nerve to hit it’s threshold and fire.
Spatial summation” is when a nerve receives enough input from multiple different
sources that create enough to add up, thus creating depolarization that causes the
nerve to fire. These two methods (temporal and spatial summation) are what cause the nerve to fire to the muscles in your fingers when you spin a drumstick. The nervous system sends messages to structures from 1 to 2 to 3… and so on. We doctors just use impressive names attached to the 1’s, 2’s and 3’s (kind of like musicians who use fancy names to describe keys and scales). What matters is that all of these steps are necessary. No 1, then no 2 or 3 and so on.

There is a pathway, really more of a chain that runs from your fingers to the very top of your brain. These are the 12 longitudinal levels that we pass through along the way. When you spin a drum stick, your hands, or rather the muscles of the fingers themselves are the end organ in this chain of events (1). After your fingertips are receptors where the nervous system actually begins to recognize the spin (2). They bring input in from the muscles doing the drumstick spinning and pass them along to the nerves (3), which transfer the information into a nerve plexus (4). The information enters the posterior spinal root (5), then goes up the
spinal cord (6), and passes up through the medulla (7), then the pons (8), cerebellum (9), mesencephalon (10), internal capsule (11) and finally up to the cortex (12) which is that wrinkly layer of gray matter of the brain. Easy. Right?

So back in our chain of 1 to 2 to 3…12, 1 fires only when it gets enough input from its environment. The input can be anything that you can feel through your five senses (sight, sound, touch, smell and taste), gravity or even chemical events (food, medication, drugs, and even thoughts). In this case it is what you feel as you spin a drumstick that is the source of activation, that input which comes from the joint mechanic-receptors and the muscle spindles to cause the nerve to fire. Hang on; we are almost there!

If there is a problem with any of these longitudinal levels then the probability is that the brain will not get the activation it needs to survive at a healthy level. In other words with less input coming in, that will reduce the frequency of firing to the brain and that can cause it to function at a less than optimal way. To you drummers that means you won’t be playing anywhere near your rhythmical potential, but to a child whose system is operating at a deficit, that lack of input may mean they can’t process information normally and will have a loss of executive function. By that I mean the ability to think and process normally.

The type of specialist who handles learning disorders and/or can evaluate your nervous system best for a drummer trying to optimize his playing is a chiropractic neurologist. A chiropractic neurologist is a specialist within the chiropractic profession who is especially skilled at observing for soft signs that are often the only way to diagnose these learning and behavioral conditions. They are also eminently qualified to help you drummers to achieve at your optimum neurological capability.

The chiropractic neurologist examines the individual and discovers any weakness in the nervous system. If any is found, then a plan is developed to rehabilitate the weak pathways and restore as much function as is possible in the individual. The results can be amazing.
Happy spinning!

“It is amazing and totally unexpected that my spinning would help children and adults with learning disabilities.
Through my years of teaching, I have witnessed how drumming and drumstick spinning has helped my students’ coordination, focus, and attention span, and now Dr. Kuhn has taken it to a new and neurological level.
We are happily spreading the news about this wonderful tool.”

You may contact Dr. Kuhn at:

Kurt W. Kuhn , D.C. , M.S.M., D.A.C.N.B.
1125 W. Fourth Street
Waterloo , IA 50702 , USA
Telephone: 319-236-1000
Fax: 319-234-7822
kurtkuhn@mchsi.com

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The Music Teacher’s Manual

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I recently discovered an amazing new way to find students that I’d like to share with you…PAY YOUR STUDENTS TO GET REFERALS. Tell them (and everybody else that you know) that you’ll give them twenty bucks for each student that they refer to you (they get paid when the new student pays for the first month in advance). Offer them cash and you will see how many referrals you will get. It’s much better than offering a discount off of future lessons because kids don’t really care about that…but CASH TALKS. This way you will have a whole army of “scouts” working for you and your business will flourish. In time you will have to establish a waiting list and even pass some students on to other local instructors. Of all the information I hope to pass on in this book, that is the first, best, and most important. If you have no students you can’t teach. And in this case if you can’t teach you won’t make money.

Making money can be fun and easy as a private music teacher, a process that this book will explain in great detail. Tired of waiting for the phone to ring for the next gig? Too busy with your schoolwork or job to improve your technique? By following a few simple guidelines you will see how easy, fun, rewarding, and profitable it is to add teaching to your musical life.

I will help you understand the entire process…from how to get your first student to scheduling, running the class, keeping records, and even writing and publishing your own method book. We’ll cover several ideas and approaches on actual teaching techniques as well as classroom procedures, personal programs, and dealing with the psychology of each individual student.     I will also give you ideas on how to present yourself as a teacher, how to advertise, get students, and most importantly how to keep your students happy and inspired so that they will stay with you and develop.

This book explains general teaching techniques. Since this book does not deal with any specific instrument or field for that matter, you can just as easily apply this method to teaching Piano/Guitar/Saxophone/etc. as to teaching the Martial Arts, Languages, or Soccer.

Having said that, it is understood that you have become proficient on your particular instrument or field and therefore will know the nuances, traps, and “ins & outs” that the students will come up against. It is also a given that you have a solid grasp of technique, phrasing, theory, etc., and know several books to use and recommend in conjunction with your lessons.

This book is going to give you the tools you need to start teaching. It is up to you to use this information to your advantage. At first you may be a little nervous or apprehensive, but once you get into a groove you’ll be on your way…and hopefully you will find great satisfaction in being a music teacher and passing on your knowledge to the next generation of musicians.

Learning to teach music can be a fun and exciting career adventure for musicians of all ages and levels. The teacher who is constantly willing to give their time and energy, answer questions so that they are understood, and knows how to “read” his/her students’ psychology is the successful teacher.

I firmly believe that a great teacher is a great student. The teacher who continues to learn and grow is always inspired, and can thus transfer that inspiration. I hope these pages will be inspirational to you. The subject of teaching is a joy for me to write about, and being a music teacher is a great way to make a living.

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Keep your children in music lessons!

I remember the first day I went to the school band room to try out for an instrument. I had written that I wanted to play drums and trumpet, and when the teacher asked why both I replied that I liked notes, but I also liked rhythm. I ended up playing the trombone (yes, I was one of those tall kids that could actually reach 6th position) and continue to play to this day.
That was in the 6th grade. I can still remember the smell of valve oil, the way the music looked, and more importantly the feeling that I got playing music.

Now when I think about the current situation that kids don’t get the opportunity to grow up playing music I cringe. I know that I teach music for a living, and that people do pay for their lessons, but when I see the happy faces, and watch these kids growing up, starting to play in bands and concerts, and even putting out their own CDs…my cringe turns into a big happy smile.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard from parents that their kids attitudes have changed for the better, or that they are better at sitting down to do their homework…because music does that magic trick to get you working on songs, reading and getting into a groove of learning.

So parents out there! Do not let the government destroy your child’s bright future. We all know what music does to the development of our children. So, find that private music teacher who will give your child what they need! Support your community’s music teachers. You will thank them forwhat they will offer!!!

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Some thoughts on Music teaching

I recently discovered an amazing new way to find students that I’d like to share with you…PAY YOUR STUDENTS TO GET REFERRALS. Tell them (and everybody else that you know) that you’ll give them twenty bucks for each student that they refer to you (they get paid when the new student pays for the first month in advance). Offer them cash and you will see how many referrals you will get. It’s much better than offering a discount off of future lessons because kids don’t really care about that…but CASH TALKS. This way you will have a whole army of “scouts” working for you and your business will flourish. In time you will have to establish a waiting list and even pass some students on to other local instructors. Of all the information I hope to pass on, that is the first, best, and most important. If you have no students you can’t teach. And in this case if you can’t teach you won’t make money.

Making money can be fun and easy as a private music teacher, a process that this book will explain in great detail. Tired of waiting for the phone to ring for the next gig? Too busy with your schoolwork or job to improve your technique? By following a few simple guidelines you will see how easy, fun, rewarding, and profitable it is to add teaching to your musical life.

I will help you understand the entire process…from how to get your first student to scheduling, running the class, keeping records, and even writing and publishing your own method book. We’ll cover several ideas and approaches on actual teaching techniques as well as classroom procedures, personal programs, and dealing with the psychology of each individual student. I will also give you ideas on how to present yourself as a teacher, how to advertise, get students, and most importantly how to keep your students happy and inspired so that they will stay with you and develop.

 

Having said that, it is understood that you have become proficient on your particular instrument or field and therefore will know the nuances, traps, and “ins & outs” that the students will come up against. It is also a given that you have a solid grasp of technique, phrasing, theory, etc., and know several books to use and recommend in conjunction with your lessons.

More to come…

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DRUMSTICK SPINOLOGY PLUS

I am proudly taking my successful book and DVD DRUMSTICK SPINOLOGY™

DRUMSTICK SPINOLOGY, is the first book ever written on Drumstick Spinning and drummers worldwide have embraced this book and have added visual effects to their live drumming!
We are now launching a new Double-DVD, which will replace the existing book and DVD:

Drumstick Spinology Plus includes:

DISC 1:

The entire previous DVD, which all of you know by now.

DISC 2:

Warm up section

Chapter 1 revisited (in depth analysis of chapter 1 of previous DVD)

Back Sticking

Stick Clicking

New Spins

Examples on the Drumset

The Drumstick Spinology book in its entirety in PDF Format, for customers to print, as we decided to be more environmentally friendly and stop printing on paper.

Drumstick Spinology Plus was created with our customers in mind and has answers to a lot of questions that we have received through the years.

For more information visit my website: http://www.drstix.com

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Drumology Books in CD Format

 

DrumologyYou can now find the Drumology Series, on my website: http://www.drstix.com

Drumology Level 1(CD Format): The ultimate beginner drum method assumes that you have never played drums before and explains in full detail everything from holding the sticks, what notes and rests are, reading music, to rock beats, drum fills, shuffle, snare drum rudiments, jazz and more.
CD 1: Has the book in PDF for you to print
CD 2: Has the play along section

Drumology Level 2 (CD Format): The intermediate drum set method, takes you a step higher.
CD 1: Has the book in PDF for you to print
CD 2 & 3: Have the play along section

Drumology Level 3 (CD Format):

The advanced drum set method.
CD 1: Has the book in PDF for you to print
CD 2: Has the play along section

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