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A Tribute to Neil Peart

The loss of Neil Peart is devastating on two levels. Of course, to the entire drumming community. As Jimmy Chamberlin just commented, “A piece of Neil lives in nearly every contemporary drum part in rock – whether people realize it or not.” On a personal level, before every tour he would secretly block out the Drum Channel studio for a full month to prepare before going into rehearsals. One big lesson I definitely learned from Neil is always be prepared. We would have lunch every day in my office and he would always want to know who might be coming in. It was always amazing to me that he was just as excited to meet his drumming idols as they were to meet him. There are so many great memories. I remember buying a light at Restoration Hardware because I thought the wing screw design would be perfect for the Time Machine Set, and he agreed. When he likes something he would just light up. If he thought something was not quite right, he would never say he didn’t like it. He would just say, “Let’s try something different.” Neil cared greatly about education for drummers and the importance of his private teacher. He almost quit but his teacher encouraged him to keep going a little longer. There is a lot that we can learn from Neil as a person and a drummer. We will do our best to continue our mission as he wanted it. Neil Peart’s Artist Course “Frontiers of Composition and Articulation” is now free to everyone.

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