|BAS: I new and know what made my
dad tick. And I am not fooling you or sitting
here lying to you. I worked with my dad on
the practice pad. Single stroke rolls, double
stroke rolls, paradiddles, 5-stroke rolls.
You name it, we worked on it.
LP: Was he ok with it?
BAS: He was sluggish but he knew
what I was doing and it was better than what
the doctors or the therapists could have
LP: So, when he passed away, you
stepped into his shoes?
BAS: Yes, I did.
LP: How did that get started?
BAS: When my dad passed away,
people were calling me left and right. There
are drum teachers in the LUZERNE
COUNTY area who have NO CLUE TO
TEACHING DRUMS. So many people
called me and asked me to please teach
their son or daughter because the teachers
they were going to just don’t have what it
takes to teach. So, slowly, I started coming
up with my own style of teaching, kind of the
style my dad did. But mostly my own style.
LP: So you have a different style of
BAS: Yes, by teaching the value of
notes, time signatures, rudiments (scales of
the drums), on and off beats, syncopation,
|coordinated independence, drum fills, all
styles of dance beats from Waltzes,
Polkas, Jazz, Rock, Country, Latin
Rhythms, the right and correct way of
teaching. Just like my dad did. So it is
basically his and mine combined.
LP: So you are like your father?
BAS: No. I try to tell everyone, I am
my father’s son, I am not my father. I have
my own ideas and I have a lot of “OLD
SCHOOL VALUES” in me but, I try to
teach my way; which is the correct way.
LP: So you have your own
BAS: Yes, I teach a BASIC and
PROGRESSIVE style of drumming. I tear
a musical note apart and show how to
perform it all over a drum set with
coordination and accuracy.
LP: So, you’re saying?
BAS: I teach you how to “KICK ASS”
behind a drum set.
LP: Well put!
BAS: Well, you asked me and I am
not holding back. I am going to tell you like
it is and not make up any so called “oh-
shucks, oh- gee wiz”. I always lay it right
on the line.
LP: In other words?
BAS: I’ll give you the whole TEN yards.
LP: Fair enough, I think I am going to
|BAS: I sure hope you do.
LP: What do you expect from your
BAS: A lot of practice.
BAS: YES! I can’t go from point “A” to
point “B” unless point “A” is accomplished.
I need to set Timing, Coordination,
Accuracy, and Technique. They need to
establish that first.
LP: Do you have those who don’t
BAS: Sure I do. What Music Teacher
doesn’t? They all want to play “ROCK”,
which is great; but I need to set a
foundation. In the words of LOUIE
BELLSON, “YOU DON’T BUILD A
HOUSE FROM THE ROOF DOWN!”
LP: Do you know when a student has
not practiced at all or not practiced enough?
BAS: Yes, I do?
LP: How do you know?
BAS: Let me put it to you this way, it
takes me thirty seconds to find out a student
did not practice.
LP: Then what happens?
BAS: I tell them about it or I make them
re-do the lesson.
LP: So you really care about your
students and how they perform behind a