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  In this weeks' installment of "The Rarest Snare in the World!" we will discuss the legacy of William D. Gladstone. Through our experience with this snare drum, we at Soul Drums have discovered a truly amazing instrument and the depth of the genius of Billy Gladstone. Thankfully there are historians, drummers and collectors that have provided us with their details of research that honour the lifetime of invention and music of Billy. We are humbled and deeply appreciative - thank you.  William D. Gladstone 1892-1961 Born in Rumania December 15, 1892 (his father was the supervisor of the Rumanian Symphony Orchestra) He...

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Billy Gladstone 6x14 Birdseye Maple Custom Snare Drum with Gold Plated Hardware Billy was one of the percussion world's most legendary figures; a masterful snare drum virtuoso, teacher, inventor and master craftsman. Billy only built just over 50 snare drums, many of which have not survived. His drums were prized possessions for serious drummers both then and now. This snare is reputed to be the last drum that Billy built. Of the 50 drums he built, only four snares were made with birdseye maple and gold plated hardware. Billy built snare drums for many great drummers including Gene Krupa, Shelly...

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Don't miss this rare opportunity to train in the Art of Drum Circle facilitation with Doug Sole Click for more info!

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Africa Yote means: All of Africa. This is one of the first grooves I learnt on drum set. I have met drummers from across Africa who recognize this rhythm and have a name in their language for this rhythm. This rhythm is based on the 6/8 African pulse/clave. The improv is an example in opening up the rhythm in any direction once the fundamentals of the rhythm are internalized. Learn, play, and share joyfully! Peace:) Altaf     

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