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Con­grats on a su­perb funk is­sue and thank you for in­tro­duc­ing me to the work of the won­der­ful Pete Ray Big­gin. His play­ing with Pete Big­gin Un­der­ground is awe­some – I had never heard them be­fore but I love funk and I’m so pleased that it’s com­ing back! At least ac­cord­ing to Pete who says a lot of young bands have lit­tle funk projects; it’s re­ally in­spired me to get some friends to­gether to do funk! I’m in a more rock-type band at the mo­ment but there’s some­thing about funk mu­sic that just… moves you! To this end, I’m start­ing to work through the funk ex­er­cises sug­gested and check­ing out those great play­ers like Clyde and Jabo, James Gad­son, Den­nis Cham­bers, Jerome Brai­ley etc. Their play­ing re­ally is an in­spi­ra­tion. Keep up the fan­tas­tic work, and keep it funky!

Danny Wat­son, via email

Thanks Danny, it was a real plea­sure putting Pete Ray Big gin on the cover, recog­nis­ing his tal­ent and in­spir­ing at­ti­tude to­wards drum ming that a lot of young play­ers should fol­low –whether you’ re a funk drum­mer, a metal drum­mer, a jazz er or what­ever. Pete’ s work ethic and phi­los­o­phy when it comes to drum ming, of be­ing a mu­si­cian first and fore­most, is won­der­ful to see. We’ re glad you’ re mak­ing use of our funk tech­nique ex­er­cises, and it’ s in­spir­ing you to dig back into the work laid down by some of the true great s of drum ming in the name of funk. Good luck with form­ing a funk project–just make sure you book a big enough stu­dio if you’ re go­ing for the full Tower Of Power horn sec­tion !

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