Many drummers struggle with the art of soloing and the ability to play a solo freely and musically without the constant burden of which idea to play next. In this clinic, James Murphy, Berklee assistant professor and drum set player for the Blue Man Group Boston, will discuss and demonstrate his glue method of soloing, which he developed to connect set ideas at fast note rates without hesitation. When practicing, the development of this method is very structured and mechanical. However, it transforms into freedom behind the kit as you add more set ideas and glue stickings to your bag. A selection of vocabulary, combined with muscle memory, creates the freedom to mix, match, and connect these ideas spontaneously into a seamless flow of thoughts while soloing. With this method, come and go freely in and out of the groove, or leave the groove and create a solo based on an endless stream of set ideas and glue stickings.
Murphy graduated from Berklee with a bachelor of music degree in performance in 2003. Upon graduation, he quickly immersed himself in the Boston music scene as an active player, educator, and clinician. In addition to his busy performing schedule, Murphy is a sought-after drum set instructor. In addition to teaching at Berklee, he has maintained a full rooster of private students at his drum school, Stix Drum Instruction, located in Essex, Massachusetts. He also started PeaceAndDrums.Com to accommodate his demand as an instructor: the site offers pre-recorded video lessons for beginner, intermediate, and advanced players with lesson topics including technique, fills, and grooves. Murphy’s unique teaching methods are shared with readers around the globe, too, as an educational contributor to Modern Drummer Magazine.