i just found out that jacques delécluse, a percussionist, composer, teacher, and legend, died last night in the south of france.
as you might imagine, there’s an incredible learning curve to self-recording. as you go through the process, you’ll find frustration and impatience. but this frustration and impatience can also be called “work,” and without work, you can’t progress. in fact, if you aren’t experiencing the tough work of focused self-recording, someone else is, and that someone else is accelerating their level of playing at a faster rate than you. be the person who is working hard, pushing their playing forward, finding more solutions to problems more quickly, and pushing themselves towards the goal.
recording yourself allows this increased focus. first you play, and you put all your focus into what exactly you can do to perform this in an improved or optimized way. keep your eye on the ball here - set yourself up, draw your eyes to the tips of your sticks, and perform. don’t take your attention away from this activity. then, now that you have the recording, you can change your focus to listening and analysis.
welcome to the 12 days of delécluse, in which we count down to the official release of delécluse: douze études for snare drum on october 26th. think 12 days of christmas, but more french-classical and less santa claus.
each day i'll release one new étude on youtube, along with an accompanying article, interview, product, or other piece of content. the catch? each video is only up for 24 hours. today is day 1.
you know when you walk to 7 bars in a row and have one drink in each bar? that's called a bar crawl. what i did was like that, except instead of walking down amsterdam avenue in new york city, i traveled around the french countryside on trains and rental cars. and instead of drinking, i interviewed the greatest scholars of french snare drum on earth. even better. hence... the caisse-claire crawl.