I cannot, despite persistent attempts to do so,
understand the notion of supporting a sports team.

I am learning to play washboard and pandeiro.

I dislike shaving.

My favourite advertising slogan ever (from Fabulous Bakin’ Boys’ cup cakes) read:
“Live fast, play hard, eat cakes”.

I sort of wish Dr. Evil was real.

I am a feminist.

I was twice a tent commander in the Brighton Battalion of the Boys’ Brigade.

I like drinking red wine, but despise hangovers.

I wrote my PhD thesis about drummers.

I rejected the hypothesis of God about 17 years ago, and have since become much more understanding, friendly, and happy.

The price of ink for printers makes me disproportionately angry.

I once promised my oldest friend I would wax my legs for her wedding, subsequently discovered what that would involve, and instead just played drums for the event.

I cried when I read Jane Eyre.

I miss singing madrigals.

I hate wearing Y-fronts.

I am a total coffee snob.

I wish I hadn’t lost my nose-flute in a pub in 2010.

I am sincerely grateful for the existence of the NHS.

I think that Catch 22, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy are much better books than The Bible.

I like the music of Mozart, Messiaen, Miles Davis, King Crimson, Led Zeppelin,
Stephen Sondheim, the Dixie Chicks, Snarky Puppy, QOTSR and Immortal Technique equally.

I am not in the least patriotic, because I can’t distinguish clearly enough between patriotism, nationalism, protectionism, insularity and xenophobia.

I am exactly 12 inches taller than my wife.

I love to read spy novels.

I think progressive rock is much maligned.

I wish I had learned to play vibraphone.

16 Responses to “Home”

  1. Steve Ellis said

    Hi Gareth,

    I received the magazine and articals today. Thanks. Going to do my IPA interviews next week. So will have a good look at all the stuff when that is out of the way. Thanks again and great blog.

    Steve Ellis

  2. Tom said

    Hey Dr. Drums – What is this blog all about??
    Do you help musicians fix and tune and maintain their instrument?
    I got problems over here!!!

    • Hey T.
      No, I do not help musicians mend, maintain and tune their instrument(s), at least not from my blog. What I do on this blog is to blog. What I blog about may be apparent from the tabs on the homepage; if not, you are welcome to read the contents of the blog for further enlightenment.
      As a drummer, I do have a rudimentary (no pun intended) understanding of drum kit maintenance – if you also follow me on Twitter (@GDylanSmith) you’ll have noticed that yesterday, for instance, I was rather pleased with myself for rejuvenating a snare drum or two.
      I am able to tune drums ’til they sound good to me; probably the best advice on this in print is going to be a publication like the magazines Drummer or Rhythm. A good teacher will also be able to help you face-to-face and in the presence of drums – far more helpful.
      Sorry to hear about your problems; I hope that you resolve them in a satisfactory and timely manner; if you think I can help at all, please do let me know.
      (Incidentally, I call myself ‘Dr Drums’ because my doctoral research was about drummers.)

  3. Great site Gareth! I have a blog at http://www.drumming-techniques.com/drum-blog.php and I’d be interested in collaborating with you. Shoot me an email

  4. Hello, i think that i saw you visited my web site thus i came to “return the favor”.
    I’m trying to find things to improve my site!I suppose its ok to use a few of your ideas!!

  5. Gareth. . I also have a few drumming blogs I’d love to work with you on .. just stopping by to show some love. . great job

  6. Definitely going on my RSS reader for further reading.

    Already managed to check out a few amazing posts but on a tight schedule atm..

    Keep up the good work!

  7. brian said

    Hi I wondering whether you could help me
    I am a disabled drummer and I’m trying to set-up a music studio for disabled musician I have all the equipment necessary to set up a professional music studio and would like to set-up a charity
    Kind regards
    Brian Simmons

    • Hi Brian,
      Thank you very much for reaching out – always good to hear from fellow drummers! I am afraid that your project is somewhat outside my area of expertise. It sounds like an awesome idea, but I am unfamiliar with setting up music studios or setting up charities. I know that rules for establishing and running charities vary from country to country (not sure where you’re based), and I wish you well with your endeavour.

      • Hi I’ve been told that I am a good drummer I’ve been asked by Gary numan to play for him by the man himself but it would be nice to have a fellow drummer who I can call upon for advice I’ve just gone and bought your book and I’m just about to start reading it
        Kind regards

      • Wow, very cool! Thank you kindly for the purchase. Hit me up at garethdylansmith@gmail.com, and we can chat more 🙂

      • A tip for you that mite get you more sales if you put you’re book on Google and which you can put them on both Amazon and Google but with Google the customers has the choice pay by phone and have it put on their bill or pay for it when you they download it

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