"Take Five" Q&A with Ari Hoenig!

Q1: What's the next project you're excited about?

Well the newest adventure for me has been recording and adding content to my patreon site. It’s a great idea where I can get people from anywhere in the world support what I do. I record video lessons, usually about 4-9 minutes in length, which follow 1 concept or creative idea that I have been working on lately. Then I share it exclusively with my patrons. In this new world of a music industry, it’s a way that I can have direct contact and dialogue with my supporters and fans.

Ari's Patreon Page


 

Q2: What's the best music gear or app purchase you've made recently? 

I don’t really purchase gear, but Yamaha has a set of extremely light weight hardware coming out which is pretty amazing for those of us who don't want to carry heavy gear thusly preserving our bodies for future use.


 

Q3: What's your funniest or worst gig story?

Last year I was about to go on stage in Roanoke Virginia with my quintet. Eden Ladin was drinking wine and right before we were to go on stage I made a joke. He apparently thought it was so funny that he managed to spit wine all over my hair, face and shirt. The next second the audience applauded to welcome us to the stage. Still covered with wine I explained what happened to the audience and found a towel to wipe off. 


 

Q4: What's the one concert you've attended that has had a lasting impact on your life?

Well the most impactful was the time I played at Small where I met my wife. But, just after that would probably have to be when I first heard Earl Harvin. It was at Jackson’s Pizza in Denton and he was playing with a band called the Sea Monkeys I think. His playing deeply impacted what I though about the role of the drummer in an ensemble.


 

Q5: What's a specific skill/exercise/technique that has taken your playing to the next level?

That would have to be my rhythm training method. I started doing these clapping/singing exercises in college to teach myself new rhythmic vocabulary. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I solidified the method and published it on mymusicmasterclass.com

Q6: If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your younger self entering the music scene?

Learn a lot of songs! 

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