Simon Bjarning

 Drummer and Educator 

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Practice being organized!

Posted by Simon Bjarning on January 20, 2018 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

In the previous blog, I wrote about staying organized. The benefit of staying organized comes only when what's organized is also being practiced.

When I'm not getting to practice what I set up for myself, I re-organize. Simple as that. I move the small tiles around in my calendar. Freedom becomes time-restricted. So it is possible (maybe even in one day) to get time to practice, compose, teach, perform and being there for the family when needed. Staying organized takes the stress out of it - for the most part.

Doing it!

Posted by Simon Bjarning on January 19, 2018 at 6:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Good morning!

I recently had a great talk with my mentor, teacher and friend Dom Famularo. We talked about the best way of getting organized. It's easy for me to forget things, so I'm simply writing things down. Everything's in my iphone calendar with reminders. Simple as that. I'm getting more effective practice in these days and I feel the growth as a musician.

Washington Street Ambient Collective project

Posted by Simon Bjarning on April 3, 2017 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Hi there! My wife and I formed a duo recently, called the Washington St. Ambient Collective. We perform ambient music with electronica, drums, and traditional instruments such as the French horn (that's what my wife plays). So far I've got a FB like page up, actual website to come. We play in our local area but will be recording some numbers in the studio soon. We are very excited about this project. 

Drummer's Quote of the Day

Posted by Simon Bjarning on January 10, 2017 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)
I saw a drummer play once when I was a kid and I thought, that's really cool. You know, you're moving. You're using your arms and fingers. So I tried it and I loved it. - Bill Kreutzmann

Music Education and Young Minds

Posted by Simon Bjarning on December 14, 2016 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)
Every once in a while I reflect on why I teach music. My number one reason was and always will be: the kids! Most of my students tend to be older, but there is mounting evidence that early instruction in music is beneficial to kids' I.Q's. Here's a short article on that: This is why I feel proud to be a teacher in music! It's especially cool to be a drum teacher, where the kids like to get the chance to "hit things", well before they've mastered more complicated stick movements and rhythms. According to Dr. Weber, quoted in the article linked above, "...participating in music utilizes auditory, visual and tactile inputs--all vital to cognitive processing." Awesome! We'll be keeping up the good work! Simon

5 new instructional videos on YouTube!

Posted by Simon Bjarning on December 8, 2016 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)
Hi Everyone! This past week I uploaded 5 new instructional videos to my channel on YouTube, each running about 3 1/2 minutes. I demonstrate some familiar but useful concepts such as the 8th note groove, a few patterns from Mike Johnston's book "Linear Drumming", open-handed playing, and more. Check them out--I hope you find them helpful. Simon

The very first blog post.

Posted by Simon Bjarning on November 29, 2016 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)
Hello everyone! Welcome to my new website, and thanks for visiting. On this site, I want to share my world of drumming with you; what motivates me and inspires me. I am passionate about my craft that I have developed over many years, and I want to pass this on to the next generation of drummers. Stay tuned for updates in the near future!