Steering the ship. Two things

Here’s a couple of stories that might influence you in some way.  I’ve made plenty of mistakes, but wouldn’t change any of them because, well... here I am.  There isn’t an artist out there who doesn’t have a list of failures equal to his list of accomplishments.  Your drumming heroes may not speak of the failures but they happened. So… two things...

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Toby GoodmanComment
You've gotta put in the work

Hello everyone!  I’m here at www.billyward.com as well as facebook.com/billywarddrums. 

As I envision this unfolding series of blogs, future topics will include the following and likely more:

- Technique.  Both physical as well as “life chops”

- Gear.  Possibly how to record drums as well as drums          (I’d appreciate feedback on that)

- Occasional rants   :)

- True stories from my career.  Some funny, some simply odd...

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william wardComment
Three Suggestions for your daily musical growth...

Hi everyone.  I'm going to be writing a few tips every once in a while.  Feel free to respond with your opinions here or on my facebook page "billy ward drums". 

 

Now to it...  Music is a part of my life everyday.  Here's three things I do that maybe you can get into and incorporate it into your daily or weekly activity.

ONE.  Listen to music.  I go to my music service online (so far it is Tidal but I may change at some point) and float around with searches and see what I can find that I've not heard.  Sometimes it's yet another jazz record from the 60s or 70s that I once listened to, such as Jimmy Smith Trio with George Benson - highly recommended for tasty feels to copy as well as understanding when to do that fill...  Other times it's something I haven't heard - today was the Luminaires.  Pretty sweet record. 

Thinking about music and how to approach it as an author of drum parts is crucial for growing...

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william wardComment
favorites

We found the following buried deep inside the old website I hope you enjoy it. BW. 

THE FOLLOWING LIST WAS MADE OFF OF THE TOP OF MY HEAD AND WRITTEN DOWN IN ABOUT AN HOUR ON A RAINY THURSDAY WHEN THE YANKEES GAME THAT I WAS GOING TO WAS RAINED OUT. THESE ARE SOME OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL ARTISTS I REMEMBER LOVING. IN MANY CASES, I STILL LISTEN TO THIS STUFF.

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william wardComment
Welcome to the all new BillyWard.com

Hi everyone! 

Welcome to my new site. 

There's lots more to come, but for now, I'm off to NAMM for a few days to hang out.

Please say hi if you see me there.

Until then, please have a look around, connect with me.

You can hear all about what I've been up to in a recent interview...

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william ward