IT ALL STARTS SOMEWHERE!
WITH
PROPER LESSONS AND PRACTICE, YOU TOO CAN BE GREAT!
The Drummer's Workshop is the ONLY workshop in NEPA where you learn the RIGHT way!
PRIVATE INSTRUCTIONS FOR MALE AND FEMALE
DRUM EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES IN STOCK FOR THE BEGINNER OR PROFESSIONAL
THE LITTLE SHOP WITH THE BIG SUPPLIES!!!
PRIVATE INSTRUCTIONS FOR MALE AND FEMALE
DRUM EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES IN STOCK FOR THE BEGINNER OR PROFESSIONAL
THE LITTLE SHOP WITH THE BIG SUPPLIES!!!
Billy Angelo Stella's
The Drummer's Workshop
It's All About The Drumming!
QUOTABLE QUOTES
Here are a few funny things I have encountered with some of my students, some
customers, and also some interviewers over a period of time.  These range from
comments made to excuses made to some incredible questions.  I think you'll
enjoy them.  I know we do . . .
Bill's ALL TIME FAVORITE -
Bill to Becky Vodzak (i1)       (Dallas, PA - who worked in the store in the Summer of
2005):  "It would help if you ran the vacuum cleaner with the cannister attached."
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"Obviously, people don't always get where I come from.  They turn on the Radio and "HEAR"
Music.  Whereas I, not only "PLAY" MUSIC, I "LISTEN" AND "FEEL" MUSIC.  I CAN
EXPERIENCE MUSIC BECAUSE I AM THERE.  It goes into a higher realm which people DO
NOT understand."
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"IF YOU WANT TO PLAY "
DRUMS" OR ANY INSTRUMENT, TAKE THE TIME AND LEARN
IT PROPERLY.  BE SERIOUS ABOUT THE INSTRUMENT YOU PLAY."
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"Holding your drum stick in a 'TRADITIONAL GRIP' is 'NOT' a 'JAZZ' thing.  Drummers have
held it that way since 'BEFORE' the 'REVOLUTIONARY WAR'."
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"Play Your Instrument for the Love of Music.  Play Music with the Love
for Your Instrument."
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"Many Drummers say a lot of things.  I let my Drumming do my talking."
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Bill:  "I don't worry about what other Drummers do or play.  I let them worry about 'ME'."
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"A ROCK BEAT is
NOT a DRUM SOLO!"
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"Drum Solos are a 'request' and not a 'requirement' in a band."
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"A Drummer PLAYS WITH a Band, NOT AGAINST the Band."
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"If you can Jazz it up, you can Rock it!"
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Leon D.:  "My other Drum Teacher should come here for lessons . . . he knows nothing."
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Customer to Bill:  "I see, by looking at some pictures here, that your wife has done some
modeling.  Doesn't that bother you that guys are looking at your wife?"
Bill:  "Are you kidding, one of us has to be gorgeous!"
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Interviewer in Georgia:  "Mr. Stella, the beautiful woman who looks like a model that was
backstage with you, what association does she have with you?"
Bill to Interviewer:  "Wife!"
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"What is my definition of a
Musician?  It is a person who can play every style of music on his
or her
instrument.  Not just one style of music, like rock, but all styles of music."
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"If Drumming is your passion, be passionate about your Drumming."
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"Never idolize another Drummer.  Believe in yourself and what you can do and what you can
accomplish."
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"The best way to learn drums is to
'PRACTICE'."
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Kevin R.:  "When you die, you should donate your left hand to science to figure out how the
heck you do that!"
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"It never ceases to amaze me how parents react when you stop their child's lessons because
the student won't practice or develop.  They love to suggest that in some way, shape, or form it
is
MY fault!"
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"One of the dumbest things I go through . . . I give a student
60 different STARTER ROCK
BEATS . . .
60 . . . and they still play THE ONE BEAT they came in with when they started, out
of time and off beat.  In other words . . .
WRONG!"
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"Almost everyone wants something simple to play.  It is hard to broaden one's horizon when
they just want a simple rhythm to play."
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Try to get a student to play an 'off beat' or a 'slip beat' and 9 out of 10 times they tell
ME I'm
wrong.  
YOU'VE GOT TO LAUGH."
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Bill to student:  "It is not buzz, buzz, buzz -- it is roll, roll, roll."
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"It doesn't matter what you have in Drum Equipment . . . If you can't play it, what good is it?"
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"I have played all styles of music from Classical to Rock.  So, I can say, I have accomplished a
lot in styles of Music."
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"Yeah, I hear a lot of BS.  Everyone does this and that and plays here and there and they are
still sitting home doing nothing."
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"I have played the Palace and I have played the Barn."
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"If you want to be a good Drummer just be yourself, believe in yourself, focus, and practice."
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"Of course Drummers make the best Lovers.  Think about, it just makes sense!"
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"It's not just the Drumming that gives me the Drive . . . It's the Music."
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"The worst thing a person can do is look back at their life and say . . . I could have been or I
should have been."
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Student (Don) to Bill:  "I hate it when you play a Single and Inward Drag one-handed."
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Bill to Student:  "If you want to play MATCH grip, at least learn how to do it CORRECTLY!"
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Student (Bob) to Bill:  "Do you always have to play so good?  You make me feel like I don't
practice!"
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"Accent your DRUMS, not your EGO's."
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Sign in Billy's Store . . . "Kindly Check EGO's At Door Step.  There Is Only Room In Here For
DRUMMERS"
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Bill in Interview:  "A lot of parents yell at their kids to practice.  My parents use to yell at me
to
stop!"
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Bill in Interview:  "A lot of Drummers have two styles of playing drums, 'LOUD' and
'LOUDER'."
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Bill to Interviewer:  "The reason I have been playing and performing for 57 years is because
it's the only thing I
LOVE to do and know how to do.  How many people do you know that can
say they
LOVE their job?"
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My motivation?  I turn on a Buddy Rich Drum Solo and I sit and listen to it.  That is how I get
motivated to play!
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I like playing with a band that swings and gives you the opportunity to kick and drive.
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If you want to
ROCK . . . learn how to play JAZZ.
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Bill to Student:  "If you want to be good . . . practice.  If you don't . . . stop coming for Lessons
and wasting your parents money."
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Gene R:  "I want to see you play the same way I saw you play when you were 11 years old."
Bill:  "I can't do that.  I'm not 11 years old . . . I'm 58 years old."
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Bill:  "The way the Economy is today, it's great to see students who are getting into Bands to
make a few extra dollars and support themselves and their families."
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Bill to Student:  "If I had a dime for every note you played correctly, I would be a Billionaire."
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Bill:  "People ask me for my opinion . . . When I give them my opinion they get mad and say
I'm
too opinionated."
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Gentleman from Las Vegas:  "Where do you come from?"
Billy:  "Wilkes-Barre, PA."
Gentleman:  "Is that in Canada?"
Billy:  "No, Pennsylvania."
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Carmen C. (Santa Monica, California):  "Nice to see a Drummer who plays from the heart,
not a CD or a Video."
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Bill:  "With all the crap I put up with, good thing I play the Drums.  It's a great stress reliever!"
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Bill:  "You have to really appreciate the language of music to play or perform it."
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Bill:  "I do it from my heart.  I never know how I am going to play a song or do a fill or a solo . . .
It just happens, it's not planned."
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Bill:  "Do I make mistakes playing the Drums?  Lady, I am the King of Mistakes!"
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Bill to Interviewer:  "My wife and I think of Philadelphia as our second home, because no
matter what style of
music you like, you'll find it in Philadelphia.  Philly just rocks!"
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Bill to Interviewer:  "It doesn't matter what type of music you play, as long as you're playing
the music!"
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"The Drummer is the 'Heart Beat' of the Band."
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"What you have in drum equipment has nothing to do with how you play."
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"Learning to play by 'ear' leaves you limited.  Learning to play by an education in music takes
you further."
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"Never play with a band and try to overplay the Drum part."
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"Why beat the 'CRAP' out of your Drumset?  A Drum makes a sound.  Don't beat it, use
control, play relaxed."
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"Tune your Drums accordingly.  Tones should be High to Low.  Snare High to Bass Drum
Low.  Choose the tone YOU like."
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"Keep your pedals lubricated.  Oil every 3 to 6 months depending on usage."
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"Practice in front of a mirror to see your Drumming and to see facial expression.  Remember
to smile."
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"The Drum is a Rhythm Instrument, play it like one."
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Interviewer:  "Where did that left hand come from?  It reminds me so much of Buddy Rich."
Bill:  "It's not like Buddy's, that's for sure.  It just takes a hell of a lot of practice."
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Interviewer:  "Do you practice a lot?"
Bill:  "I work out everyday with my students on my Practice Pad with Metal Sticks."
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Greg B.:  "I was there when he did the video on YouTube, 'Nites 'N E-Z'.  He had a tooth
pulled and a root canal, his right side of his mouth was swollen like an apple, and he is playing
the Drum Set like there is no tomorrow.  I was just amazed!"
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Andrew M.:  "Billy plays this one-handed roll and gives you a look like HE is the DEVIL
himself when he is doing it."
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Mack G.:  "I let Mr. Stella play a number with my Band.  He told the guys to play something
fast.  I will tell you this, the guys in the Band could not handle his tempo.  It was fast, very fast!"
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Interviewer to Bill:  "What do you find so remarkable about your students?"
Bill to Interviewer:  "That they laugh at me  because I actually sit down and practice."
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Interviewer to Bill:  "Most musicians are limited to one or two styles of music.  Does it
matter what type of music you play or what type of band you play in?
"
Bill to Interviewer:  "I will play with whomever calls me to do a job.  I don't care whether it's
Jazz, Rock, Country, Polkas, I don't care.  I will play all styles of music with whomever
needs a drummer.  And, if they need me, I go!"
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Ed to Bill:  "Slow down your triple strokes, they're throwing me off."
Bill to Ed:  "Practice a lot more and you won't have to ask me to lower myself down to your
level, you'll be able to rise to mine."
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Interviewer to Bill:  "What advice do you have for today's young drummers?"
Bill to Interviewer:  "If you want to play like an angel, you have to practice like the devil."
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Interviewer to Bill:  "Who taught you to play like you do?"
Bill to Interviewer:  "My Father, who told me you have to always practice because there may
be somebody out there that is better than you.  He gave me a lot of encouragement, a lot of
support, told me the right way and the wrong way of playing the Drums, encouraged me to
listen to a lot of great Jazz Drummers, and to come up with my own Drumming innovations.  If
it wasn't for my Dad, I wouldn't be playing music, all styles of music.  I owe a lot to my Father.  
More than anybody can imagine.  My Father was an innovator, a teacher, a preacher, and a
Dad!"
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Patron to Bill (West Virginia):  "That was a great night of drumming.  You're very good!  Do
you have bad nights playing the drums?"
Bill:  "Yes, I do, and tonight was one of them."
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Woman to Bill (After doing a solo in Delaware):  "Wow, you got a standing ovation.  How
do you feel about that?"
Bill to Woman:  "I thought they were getting up to leave?!?"
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Customer to Bill:  "I got my daughter 'ROCK BAND' for her Birthday.  Can you give her
Drum Lessons for that?"
Bill to Customer:  "I don't teach Red, Blue, Green, Yellow . . . I teach Drum Notation!"
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Freddie Moran Speaking to Audience in New York:  "I would like to feature our Drummer
in a Drum Solo, Mr. Billy Angelo Stella.  While he does his Solo, the rest of the Band and I are
going to a Movie Theater to watch a MOVIE, we will be back later. Take it away, Mr. Stella."
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John P. to Bill:  "Stop keeping time with the sticks.  You're throwing me off."
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Gentleman to Bill (at club in New York):  "I've never heard of you before, but I've heard of
BUDDY RICH and I know how great he was, but man if BUDDY RICH ever saw you play he
would have quit the business."
Bill to Gentleman:  "Sir, BUDDY did see me play and he never quit the business!"
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Bob I. to Bill (as they are working out on the practice pad):  "Bill you're an evil man.  
You're killing me!"
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Larry R.:  "This is a great place to come and get tortured for an hour."
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Mike L.:  "What are you playing cause you totally confuse me?"
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E-Mail from Fred N.:  "I am inquiring about drum lessons.  I 'DON'T' want to read music or
learn any fundamentals.  I want to play strictly
ROCK!"
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E-Mail from Kurt R.:  "My girlfriend says I am great at playing 'AIR DRUMS'.  Can you tell me
how I go about getting drum lessons?"
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Chris T.:  "I don't like to practice too much because it makes me tired and I can't stay up and
watch TV."
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Fellow Drummer, Craig T.:  "The next time I ask you to play a number with my band,
'DON'T'!  Because you make me feel like a beginner."
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Becky Vodzak:  "If Nursing is anything like Drumming . . . I'm in BIG TROUBLE!"
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Marian B.:  "My son knows how to play 'DRUMS'.  He played 'TRUMPET' in the school
marching band."
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E-Mail from Dennis K.:  "I would like to sign up for 5 drum lessons.  I figure that would be
enough to get me into a real good band."
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Mike I. to Bill:  "Don't play your rolls so fast . . . it makes me dizzy."
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Bob S. (after watching Bill play):  "What planet are you from?"
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Colin C.:  "I don't need my books, I know my lesson!"
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Jeff A.:  "I want to play in a band, but I have to get up for work the next day."
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Adam Y.:  "I did practice . . . I did my entire lesson a half hour before I got here!"
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Dustin S.:  "Do you have a drum book that will teach me how to play fast?"
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