Rick Latahm

165 – Rick Latham: Timeless Advice from a Master

In this podcast I talk to one of my biggest drumming influences, Rick Latham. Rick is not only an in-demand studio and live drummer but is also one of the best clinicians in the world and author of  Contemporary Drumset Technique and the timeless classic, Advanced Funk Studies (on of the “The 25 Greatest Drum Books Ever Published” – Modern Drummer). Rick has also released a DVD titled All About the Groove which also received critical acclaim.

I spent many years studying from Advanced Funk Studies so it was an absolute pleasure to have him on the podcast, and Rick didn’t disappoint, delivering a wealth of wisdom and practical advice for any drummer, not matter what level your are.

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Rick Latham talks about:

  • How he got started playing
  • Early influences
  • The effect that learning orchestral instruments had on his playing
  • Writing Advanced Funk Studies
  • Advice for refining your groove
  • How to learn new styles and how to do it
  • His move to Italy
  • His advice for up and coming drummers
  • The current state of the music business
  • Much more…

Resources / People / Links mentioned:

These drummers were mentioned on the podcast and have also been guests on the show:

Rick Latham plays:

  • DW Drums
  • Promark (Rick Latham Signature Stick)
  • Istanbul Mehmet Cymbals
  • Evans Drumheads

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5 replies
  1. Ben Slade
    Ben Slade says:

    I heard you mention at the end of the podcast that Rick will be giving away copies of his books. How do I enter to win? I came to the link you mentioned here and don’t see anything about that?

    I’ve been studying Advanced funk for about a year now and I love it, but I’d love to get ahold of Contemporary Drumset Technique and the all about the groove dvd.

    Ben Slade

      • Ben Slade
        Ben Slade says:

        Hey Nick,

        I sent you an email, but I’m sure your inbox gets flooded all the time, so I’ll ask here.

        When will a winner be chosen / where will it be announced?

        Keep doing what you’re doing, it’s much appreciated. It gets me through a day’s work while I wait to get home and play.

  2. Buck
    Buck says:

    Hey, Nick – how do I enter to win one of Rick’s books? I’d love to check out Advanced Funk Studies! Very interesting interview. Inspires me to want to practice every day even if it’s just for a few minutes.

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