This is Caspar’s video of Sarah Simblet’s week with us as Artist in Residence 2011.
The following is a video diary celebrating the visit of Edwina Bridgeman to Summer Fields as ‘Artist in Residence’ for one week this term.
I realise that this is a tad ‘off-topic’ but I was talking to a couple of the boys about drummers and expressed the opinion that they didn’t get any better than Mike Portnoy from Dream Theatre. This was understandably met with a glazed expression. Not many 12 yr olds are familiar with progressive metal and I am sure none of us would wish it any different. Anyway, I found this very poor quality video of Mike in the studio recording a track for one of Dream Theatre’s albums. The song is called ‘As I Am’ and is a jolly dirge. You can only just hear the rest of the band faintly in the background, which is a shame because the guitar solo is amazing – I may try to find a better version and update this page. However, the point is that Mike is extremely good and if you have the patience to wait until about 6.19 minutes into the song you will see just how good. If you are not into drumming, progressive rock or complicated time signatures then you had better not watch the video.
I also found the following clip where Thomas Lang kindly explains a few tricks with his sticks. I am thinking of setting this as the end-of-term exam so I suppose that it is compulsory viewing. Sorry. He is quite good though…