In this drum technique lesson, First-Call NYC drummer Tony Mason shows you how to create a solid foundation to your playing so that you can freely and musically express your ideas. Tony breaks down essential principles that he still practices every day, which will allow you to be more fluent on the kit, improve your time and groove, get a big sound, avoid injuries, become more consistent and more. If you want to get some great tips from a very versatile and in-demand drummer, this drum lesson is for you.
Topics Covered: Drums, Technique, Posture, Avoiding Tension, Being Relaxed, Stick Grip, Getting a Big Drum Sound, Rebound, Volume, Time Feel, Consistency, Feeling the Time, Rhythmic Changes, Tempos, Independence and Unison, The Groove, Being Solid, etc.
Drummer Tony Mason grew up in Southern Pines, North Carolina and started playing at the age of 7. After studying at East Carolina for one year, Tony came to NYC in 1986 to finish his education at The Manhattan School of Music, where he received a performance degree in classical percussion. Tony was also very active in MSM’s jazz program.
Tony has toured and recorded with John Scofield, Joan Osborne, Martha Wainwright, Norah Jones, Bernie Worrell, Cyril Neville, Amy Helm, Doug Wimbish, Leo Nocentelli, George Porter Jr., Chiara Civello, Bo Diddley, The Soup Dragons, Holly Palmer, Neil Sedaka, Connie Francis, Natalie Cole, Paula Cole Charlie Hunter, Captain and Tennille, David Foster, Baba Olatunji, Willie Weeks, Ivan Neville, Jared Tyler, Michael McDermott, Melvin Sparks, Jim Campilongo, Juliana Nash, Clark Gayton, Brooklyn Boogaloo Blowout ,Billl Sims Jr., Bloomdaddies, Gabe Gordon and many others. In the studio, Tony has worked with producers Nile Rodgers, Camu Celli, Ron St. Jermaine and the Legendary Russ Titleman. Tony has also played on many commercials and has performed on various television shows.