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Hey Benny. Hope your return trip to Germany was a good one. Just wanted to tell you your clinic at Drums 2 Go in Orlando, FL last night was absolutely amazing! I sincerely thank you for bringing your outstanding music skills to demonstrate for us Florida drummers. I also echo the sentiments of many others that attended last night when I say thank you for sharing your views on drumming, musicianship, and (music) life in general. The best clinic I’ve attended by far.
Have a good one man and I will be looking for you when you return in the future.
Thank you! =0)
I attended your clinic on Brandon, Fl on Monday. I am a new drummer of @6months. You are truly awe inspiring. Your DVD is amazing, the language of drums just makes sense. I was incredibly impressed by not only your chops and skills around the drumset, but more importantly, what a great human being and teacher you are. Thank you for a wonderful experience.
I am a great fan of yours – I am about to enter University in Korea to study drumming. You have been a big influence on me.
I want to buy your CDs
greb fruit,brass band,3ergezimmer
All three of them together
but I haven’t got a paypal account and cant open one here. So would you kindly accept payment by Visa, which is no problem here.
Or if you can accept Maestro in UK pounds, I have a friend who could pay you with that.
I hope you can help me – many thanks for your great drumming!!!!!
Hello Mr. Benny Greb, it was very inspiring to see you in Orlando, at your last drum clinic on your American tour. I want to thank you for sharing your knowledge on music and playing for us. The other day I was thinking about getting a new pair of brushes, you threw yours out and said, “You look like a Jazz drummer”. Man, you couldn’t have been more correct! Thank you, I hope to see you again! Keep on making those freshly baked beats!
I attended the clinic at Drums2Go in Orlando. Remember me? I fixed your drooping snare mic while you were playing and you signed the nifty cymbal bag I won in the raffle! I was the last guy with all the boring questions about business and playing other instruments and singing..
I just wanted to say thanks for answering all my questions, you were very gracious and I am glad you are as nice of a guy as you are a drummer!
Your advice will be taken to heart. I hope you enjoyed your first US clinic tour and I hope to see you again soon!
Mit tiefer Dankbarkeit! -Charles
Hi Benny, I was at your clinic in Orlando and had a blast. I just wanted to say thank you for reinspiring me. I just started playing again this week after a two year hiatus and after tonight, i cant wait to play. I hope you enjoyed your trip to the U.S. and have a safe flight hope. Please come back soon, Orlando loves you!
This is the kid that asked the question about your computer set up at the Orlando Clinic at Drums 2 Go. I’ve been waiting three years to see you play in person! I was not disappointed at all, i was blown away! I want to thank you so much for taking the time to answer everyone’s questions and for playing for us. I’m going to start saving up some money to hopefully go see you perform in Auto Auto! Thanks again!
I attended your Orlando clinic this evening and it was absolutely amazing. Ive been following your style of playing for a number of years now and it was a real honor to finally meet the man and hear what you have to say in person. Not to mention another person on this earth that loves and talks about drums like i do. So i say thank you. You broke down every exercise ive learned in my life to pretty much the alphabet and its just brilliant in its simplicity.
In that i say good luck and god bless. Maybe one day our paths will cross – so i leave it until then
have a safe flight
Thank you so much for coming to Orlando! Your philosophy on life and musical approach to drumming are what initially drew me in, and made me want to get your DVD the day it came out. You have an unpretentious, very sharing approach in my opinion, that helps put us less accomplished drummers at ease. I appreciate your “esoteric” elements as you call them, which I think adds a grounded spiritual element to drumming and how one approaches music in general. What I mean by that is what you say and your approach really speak to me and what I gained from you is be true to yourself (honest) with what you can and can’t do, practice what you can’t do yet, and enjoy what you can do already. Music comes from within and when you can get out what your mind/heart/emotions want to express because your technique/musical vocabulary is good enough to say what you want, that is a beautiful thing. To me, that’s a holistic and musical approach to drumming and making music, as opposed to just learning some licks or some specific technique.
I think that’s what I got from listening to you both on your DVD and in person, and my life and music are better today because of it. So thank you.
Benny just met and saw you last night at all pro percussion in Tampa. You were great man! Really had a blast. Thanks for getting there early and talking with me (nick (tall, red sweater) kid) Your great man! Best drummer I have ever seen man! I wanna learn so much from ya bro.
Great clinic tonight in Orlando! I am a guitar player/singer by trade, but I really dig opening up new rhythmic ideas and I think a lot of your practice hints and counting ideas will be super useful. Now, I just gotta work on some drum chops…
The Brandon (Tampa) FL drum clinic was inspiring and motivational. Who would have thought that such an esoteric thinker could sit behind the drums?!?! Thanks for signing the DVD set I bought. It is exceptionally high quality, as well as professional and I will treasure it forever.
I wanted to thank you for the great DVD. As a software developer it always seemed to me that there were 4 limbs and therefore only 16 things you could do behind a drum kit in terms of independence. While that’s a huge oversimplification obviously in terms of dynamics and instrumentation, as soon as I saw your DVD I said “Yes!” and immediately started trying to not only learn the alphabet as it relates to beat/time but to weave that together with the idea of there being another 16 combinations you can do with hands/feet. I haven’t sorted it all out yet, but thanks so much for putting such a clear system together. My practice has taken on a whole new sense of purpose.
My daughter Josie and I attended the clinic in Brandon, FL last night and both were educated and highly entertained. I truly enjoyed your skills and interactions with the crowd. Marketing also includes being an interesting entertainer. We are implementing today a few of the technical set up tidbits you reviewed. They make a big difference in sound quality. You also are an inspiratiion to a young developing drummer. Keep going and thank you.
Great clinic last night in Tampa at All Pro Percussion. You have a great gift and talent. Thank you for being such a nice guy. Hollar!!!
Benny. Awesome clinic last night at All Pro Percussion in Tampa. Thank you for being informative and actually sharing information and insight into your drumming. I’m used to going to clinics where the artist spends two hours of showing off their chops and very little time doing Q&A or even talking. Finally bought a copy of your DVD and cant wait to get into it! Thanks again Benny and good luck to you. Hope you make your way to the area again soon!
Hello, Mr. Greb.
I attended your clinic at the Memphis Drum Shop on November 19, and I am still in awe thinking about it. You have such a deep understanding of rhythms and phrasing. I was just listening to you play and appreciated every hit. Thank you for sharing your talents, and thank you for being a positive influence in drumming and in life.
All the best!
Hello! I saw your clinic at All Pro in Tampa tonight, and I also saw you at PASIC last week. Two truly inspiring performances. I dig the DVD and use it with my students (and myself…we’re all forever students). You have some great ideas and a fresh approach to playing the drums, and I’ve enjoyed hearing your thoughts. You’ve grown to become one of my favorite players in the last year and the world needs more honest, funny, and generally good natured people like you to help spread music to young people. Many thanks.
I attended your clinc in Utah on the 18th and it was fantastic. Thanks for coming
Just had the pleasure of attending your clinic in Manhattan – and I’m not even a drummer! – though I confess I am from the “Spinal Tap”, 70′s generation that liked to tell “dumb drummer” jokes. I know that’s always been an unfair sterotype and it’s musicians of your caliber that I hope have finally put it to rest.
Your message of focused discipline and create-your-own-course-of-study, based on your own musical goals, really resonated with me – a guitarist/composer – and I think can apply to all instrumentalists and genres. It’s obvious you not only have the “how” down for playing, but are a natural teacher and communicator as well.
I wanted to ask you about the influence of Cage and Stockhausen you mentioned in the DVD and more about your writing on “Brass Band” but it didn’t seem to fit in with all the “drum talk”.
Maybe next time.
Regards and best of luck.
auf English sprechen nicht Sie wie ein schwein. Your english is really good but, I saw you in salt lake and it was the coolest drumming I ever seen. I hope i can become as good as you!
Schön, Sie kennengelernt zu haben! Alles war bombig, sehr aufschlussreich, und kurzweilig; RECHT SCHÖNEN DANK!!!
Wenn es nicht zu viele Umstände macht, komm baldigst zurück! Ich freue mich darauf, Sie wiederzusehen!
Keep crashing that ride and beating dead pigs,
-randal (Columbus, Ohio; USA)
For a while I was beginning to lose inspiration. Nothing really stood out to me anymore. Ever since you came last Wednesday I’ve been viewing drums and rhythms in a whole different way. I was the kid in the very front center who asked you about the stick tricks haha remember? I want to thank you for your inspiration and for influencing me and my playing, but also the playing brother who plays guitar.
Thanks, and come again soon!
Just finished your drum clinic in Columbus, Ohio. All I can say is WOW, and thank you. Thank you very much, you are inspiring (ya I already said that to you, lol) Continue the love of music, and the love of life.
Peace and Love
I am a Bass player and am currently seeking psychiatric counsel from the beating I took at the clinic last night… Just kidding. Only those of you that have attended a clinic with Benny will understand that. Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for the entertainment and the instruction you gave us here in Memphis. My 12 year old (whom is taking lessons at Memphis Drum Shop) is a huge fan. He started practicing some of your suggestions when we got home last night and again when I went home for lunch today. Thanks again!
I attended the clinic last night at the Memphis Drum Shop. I first want to compliment you on your sense of time, feel, and overall precise musical control on the instrument. I know many others join me in saying that you have changed my approach to practicing (as before watching your DVD, I had extremely lazy practice habits in which I relied on talent alone to get me through the gigs). Now I feel refreshed with a new approach to practice habits and have gained a new enjoyment for playing again. It’s hard to believe you are 29, that is incredible! Thanks again for your hard work on your DVD production, a most enjoyable clinic, and inspiring me to be a better player! Keep up the good work, you are making a difference in people’s lives…btw, your sand ride is a MUST HAVE for me now…! Awesome. Safe travels and keep up the GREAT work!
Sincerely and humbly in music,
Just saw your clinic at the Memphis Drum Shop last night: Wow. You are a true inspiration. After watching countless videos of you on the net, it was a treat to final be able to meet you in person. It was an awesome experience and it turned around my week! Just wanted to thank you again for coming over to the states and sharing your talent(and comedy!) with us. I know its tough being out on the road, but I really appreciate the time you take to come and meet and play for us.
Stay safe in your travels, and hopefully we’ll meet again!
I talked with you at PASIC last week – I’m the drummer having hand surgery on both hands. Played at rehearsal last night & 3 weeks out of left hand surgery, not too bad – it’s gonna take time (probably a year) to fully recover. Rt hand recovery (12/14/09) will be worse. Just received & listened to BrassBand & WOW, very enjoyable. Thanks for the great music & thanks for yakking with me.
Benny, What a wonderful experience it was to be at the drum clinic in Portland and learn so much from you! Seriously, you packed in such good information that I’m already using and benefiting highly from.. and you are quite funny too! Lucky me, I got off work early and wound up getting the best seat in the place! I wanted to thank you at least here since I didn’t take the chance to in person. Keep rocking that good chit ; )
Wonderful show last night in SLC, UT. Can’t wait to see more in the DVD’s. I really enjoyed how you broke down rhythms into 24 basics. Thank you for talking a lot about the difference between the What and the How. A question that I raise to you, because we ran late last night is how important to you is the Why? As in, Why place this pattern or note here and not there…..The Why and the space between notes is what’s intrigued me for the longest time.
Thank you again, Hope to see you again soon.
I was at your clinic at the University of Utah last night. I would like to compliment you on how enjoyable and enlightening it was. You set a really friendly and ‘free’ tone which made it very comfortable. Your insights on improvisation were priceless and I’m excited to implement them into my playing. I also appreciated your ‘grid’ system concerning the expansion of vocabulary.
Enjoyed your clinic in Kansas City on Monday and have some great new ideas to use to improve my drumming. Have you ever given private drum lessons? As an instructor I’m looking for ways to teach very young (5 or 6 year old) students. Any ideas? Or should I wait until they grow a bit older? Thanks again for your inspiration.
Absolutely loved the Salt Lake City clinic last night! Thanks so much for your philosophy, insights, inspiration and entertainment. It’s rare to come across a player and educator whose ideas are easy to understand, make sense, AND make music.
Hope to see you again soon.
I attended your SLC workshop last night. I am not a drummer (nor bass) but a woodwind player with poor rhythm. Your DVD and clinic has really helped me in developing and understanding rhythm. Your ability to articulate the nuances clarified many things for me. It was a great experience! Thanks for your time, energy, humor, and patience.
Wonderful clinic last night here in Salt Lake City. Very inspirational to say the least. You hit the nail on the head or should I say stick on the drum head when speaking about the “what and the how”. I was wondering what your thoughts were in regard to grooving and the ever illusive perfect time or meter? I have always felt that perfect time is not realistic, but that it is possible for a group of musicians to lock into a groove but with in the groove and being a drummer you can direct the ebb and flow of the time or in other words push and pull the rest of the band. When you listen to old soul music particularly James Brown you can hear how Jabo Starks and Clyde Stubblefield controlled the groove or flow of the band. These guys recorded in a live room, not like today where most of the time you lay the drums down and everybody else comes in and plays to your tracks. I think some music looses its intended affect when the drumming or drummer becomes so mechanized with the time and meter that the groove becomes that of a ticking clock instead of a pulse. A clock ticks the same no matter what but a pulse changes according to out put and energy. I guess what I’m saying is that the pulse is another dynamic in the same way as when you hit a tom or cymbal to contribute to what else is being played. The pulse is a dynamic that pushes or pulls the other band members and the audience. So if you are aware of this pulse and can control it and the rest of the band follows suit or locks in with you is that perfect time? Remember the pulse changes according to output of energy and a clock ticks the same consistently. I would love to hear what you think about this concept or idea. My email is email@example.com
Thanks again for sharing your talents with us here in Utah.
D. Patrick Sisk
I just attended the clinic last night at the U of U in Salt Lake City. I took all of my students to the clinic as an opportunity to learn and re-ignite thier passion for drumming. Thanks so much for not disappointing. Your talent and personality made it a truely enjoyable and memorable evening. – And yes, I am glad you have all of those wires that lead to the…. organ? Oh wait, the sound engineer. thanks again!
HI BENNY,I ATTENDED THE SALT LAKE CITY CLINIC LAST NIGHT 11-18-2009 WITH MY 13 YEAR OLD SON AND HIS FRIEND,THEY BOTH PLAY THE DRUMS.BEFORE THE CLINIC WE HAD NEVER HEARD OF YOU AND CAN HONESTLY SAY WE WILL FOLLOW YOU NOW.YOUR PLAYING,INSTRUCTION,QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION,THE HUMOR,ATTENTION TO DETAIL,YOU AS A PERSON MADE FOR A GREAT EVENING FOR US AS WELL AS OTHERS,THANK YOU AND WE HOPE TO CATCH YOU AGAIN IN THE FUTURE.
My 14yo daughter and I just attended your clinic in Salt Lake City, Wow, am I impressed and a big fan. I thank you for the inspiration and energy you have given my daughter to further her interest in music. Dude you rock!
Thanks for coming to Utah and putting on a great clinic. I learned some great things and I refilled my inspiration tank with high-octane fuel. I really dig your style and you expressed some terrific ideas. Thanks again for coming here and sharing with all of us in Utah.
(Yes, the same Ryan that spoke with you behind the building before the clinic) :)
Thank you for the tips tonight, in Salt Lake City, Utah – I’ve played for about 6 years without much instruction, and tonight you gave me a lot to think about. It really made me rethink my approach to music and drumming.
Dear Benny -
Many thanks for the incredible drum clinic at the University of Utah. Your love for music is truly inspiring and it shows through your intuitive playing.
Back Beats Drum Shop – Student
I am a 13 year old drummer and have been drumming for about 5 years now.. I never really took a lot of time to practice yet I still do really well. But, when i went to your concert here in Utah it totally changed things for me. The tips you gave, the performance, everything was great! It really inspired me to become a more serious drummer. You showed me actually how to practice techniques the right way! I am definately going to practice much more now then I used to. You have helped me a lot and I am continuing to become a better drummer. Thank you so much for everything. You are my biggest inspiration for drumming. I look up to you for drumming and it will help me a lot through the years. Thanks again Benny!
Hey Benny! Just got back from your clinic in Salt Lake City, UT. AMAZING! I think you gave some VERY good advice on playing with click and developing feel and personality on the drums. Sorry about the crowds “snare chirpping like a bird” comment…if you figure that one out…LET US KNOW!:-)
I really enjoyed your clinic last night at Rhythm Traders. Your playing and insights were inspiring. Now whenever I watch your DVD, I’ll picture your disembodied head floating over my shoulder, nodding in approval…
Benny, I was also at the clinic last night in Portland. I’ve been to many clinics and I must say this was the best by far. In addition to your absolutely beautiful playing – dynamic, soulful, in-time, ridiculous chops – you obviously think deeply about music and are able to articulate your ideas so well. Truly inspirational. Looking forward to spending time with your DVD. Good luck on the rest of your tour.
Thanks you so much for taking the time to talk with Corey on the phone lastnight. I know it blew him away to get a chance to pick your brain. As you are his Hero. Hopefully he can meet up with you in LA at MI or Lama.
Lee,Stacy & Corey
I just attended the clinic at Rhythm Traders in Portland, OR. It was incredibly inspiring. I’m looking forward to watching The Language of Drumming DVDs. I’d love to see more girl drummers out there. We’ve got the interest and talent, we just need help getting inspired by people like you. Oh, and one of my questions that we ran out of time for was: what are your thoughts about individuals letting go of our egos when we practice and perform?
Thanks so much,
I was at your clinic in Portland, Or tonight. Your drumming… inspirational as always. Your willingness to give insight into your process for self improvement… equally inspirational. Thanks for taking the time to travel, share your talent, and inspire other drummers world wide.
My father and I just saw your wonderful clinic in Portland, Or. I am a drummer my father is not. I have to say we both had a great time watching you play. Your answers to all the questions that you were asked were both informative and humorous. Thank you and God bless!
I attended the clinic in KC yesterday. I’m a guitar player, not a drummer, but I thoroughly enjoyed the evening and I think your thoughts on time and groove will help me to be a more interesting player.
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