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When I first made the decision to go all in on the drums I decided to kick off my journey by attending one of Mike Johnston's drum camps. Ever been? Do yourself a favor and go. I had a blast and learned so much. Anyway, at one point Mike and I sat down and created a plan for me to follow so that I could make a living playing drums. He also suggested I take lessons with his good friend Matt Halpern of the band Periphery. If you don't know Matt, (I'm guessing you do) but if you don't, now would be a good time to do a little googleing. Matt and I skyped and he told me about this guy who trains drummers. He's the Mr. Miyagi of the drumming world and his name is Grant Menefee.
Menefee is a Berklee Graduate, professional drummer and a world class drum educator. He's taught the likes of Jon Theodore (Mars Volta, Queens of the Stoneage), Matt Halpern (Periphery), Nate Morton (The Voice), Mike Reid (Demi Levato, Janet Jackson, Charlie Pluth), and there's many many more.
When you're an educator you have to put yourself second. While I'm with students, I'm dealing with their goals, not mine. In order to achieve those goals talent helps, but work ethic is the most important, without a doubt."
In this episode Grant Menefee talks about: