A Clinic With Derico Watson

I hail from a small(ish) town called Muskegon, Michigan. We’ve got a few “claims to fame,” but for the drumming community, one of the proudest is being the hometown of Derico Watson.

Derico is a powerhouse of a player with plenty of chops and super deep pocket, but even more importantly, he just exudes joy and passion when he plays. He’s passionate about many things actually, he is a natural medicine advocate, and talks to everyone who will listen about the benefits of alternative medicine over conventional. Not many people consider alternatives when they get sick, but many that have been around him do now because of the wealth of knowledge he has on the subject. If you want to look into this further you can go here to check out alternative medicine.

Perhaps best known for his work with Victor Wooten, Derico has had a huge impact on the drummers hailing from this part of the world, myself included. Even though I missed the opportunity to study with him when I was younger, products of his education exist across our local scene – and his influence (in my humble opinion) has raised the bar for the drummers of West Michigan.

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PASIC 2015 – Part 2: Drum Nerd Paradise

In a way, I’m still reeling from PASIC, dizzy from the wisdom imparted. Weeks in the rearview, some of the fine details have started to fade. In and out of the clinic halls, in presentation, and in passing comments caught walking by, talk of music…

Among all those nuggets of experience flying around every room, plenty of them stuck. Striking ideas have a way of creeping into your playing. So many of the ideas presented (officially or unofficially) are now lodged somewhere in my brain… And even still, I’m recalling little bits of info gleaned as an applicable scenario presents itself. I’m still working through it.

And because of my own neglect writing here as I should Рhere we are with Part II of my little recap almost two months later (check out Part 1 here). My guilt about the delay aside, this stuff is worth talking about Рbe it this month, next month, next year, after 20 more PASICs have gone by. Every lesson is worth remembering Рat least as much as possible.

…And that’s exactly where I want to start: lessons, information, and education.

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