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November, 2006

  1. I guess it’s that time of year

    November 25, 2006 by eshan_admin

    Feeling a little under the weather… time to start boosting the good old vitamin C reserves!

  2. Out and about in Berlin

    November 23, 2006 by eshan_admin

  3. Berlin – Here I come

    November 21, 2006 by eshan_admin

    Wow, I have finally gotten around to writing my blog again… it has been a busy few days since I have arrived here…

    The trip here was a bit mad….

    I ended up having to pay €75 excess baggage at easyjet… it was such a rip off… I already paid €7.50 online in advance for taking an extra bag and the text lead one to believe that if you pay this fee in advance you had no extra costs to worry about…

    Turns out you pay the €7.50 to have an extra suitcase BUT you are still only allowed the same weight as with one suitcase (20 kilos)…. I had 30… so NEVER trust that these cheap airlines are always as cheap as they lead you to believe!!!

    Then once I got to the other side my bag came out on the conveyor belt completely wrapped in plastic… seems they did a security check on my bag and broke the zipper in the process… a few other things went wrong but I am not going to dwell on them here…

    Since arriving here I am just getting used to a whole new daily routine and meeting loads of new people… Understandably Blue Man Group have a very strict secrecy policy so I won’t be going into any details of what I get up to in the production… if you are that interested you will just have to come and check out the show! But I can tell you that I am having an absolute blast meeting the team and training for the show… everybody is so nice and helpful and I already feel like a part of the Blue Man family… I would love to share more but that will just have to do :oP

    The great thing about where I am living is that I can walk to work… it is about a half hour on foot so unless the weather is totally horrible I plan on walking there everyday… I find that you get to know a city much better when you use your own legs to get around other than by car, bus or underground… you get more of a feel for it… apart from that it is good exercise!

    At the moment the Christmas markets are being setup all over the place…

    I walked past one particular stand that was selling Bratwursts and I just couldn’t resist buying one!

    And believe me it was worth it :o)

    I have also managed to go out for a drink to get to know some of my new friends a little better…

    It doesn’t get much better than this!

  4. Life is good

    November 18, 2006 by eshan_admin

  5. Paradiddle Three

    November 16, 2006 by eshan_admin

    The new videocast is up… click here for course notes.

  6. 08 Paradiddle Three

    November 16, 2006 by eshan_admin

    Things have been a little mad here since I got the all clear from Blue Man Group… and I am sure they will get madder once I fly to Berlin on Saturday… so please be patient… I will be posting new episodes every chance I get, don’t worry!

    Anyway, this podcast features Paradiddle number three: RRLR LLRL

    As usual I play it to the pre-programmed click track as eighths for beginners, sixteenths for intermediate drummers and thirty second notes for advanced drummers.

    The recommended CD in this episode is a live album Sting put out quite a while ago called ‘Bring on the Night’ – click here to check it out on amazon… this album features a legendary drummer by the name of Omar Hakim… it is a true treasure chest for all of you out there who are bored with a standard approach to pop drumming… Omar definitely set a new standard with this performance!

  7. Blue Man Group here I come!

    November 11, 2006 by eshan_admin

    Yes yes yes… the wait has paid off… I got the call… and I was asked to if I would like to become a member of the Blue Man Group… talk about a dream come true! This has to be one of the most exciting times in my career to date… I am off to Berlin next week to train for the show… more details soon…

  8. Paradiddle Two

    November 6, 2006 by eshan_admin

    click here for course notes…

  9. 07 Paradiddle Two

    November 6, 2006 by eshan_admin

    Today we will be looking at Paradiddle number two…. RLLR LRRL.

    As usual make sure to play along to the special click track to get the most benefit!

    Todays featured CD is by an amazing band called Primus. It’s called ‘Sailing the Seas of Cheese’ and the drummer is Tim ‘Herb’ Alexanderclick here to check it out on amazon… this used to be my ‘workout CD’… whenever I felt I was getting out of shape I would play along to this CD for a few weeks and be right back up there on top of things…. hope you enjoy it, and I will see you next week with Paradiddle 3 :O)