Michael Welch became a professional musician in 1967 at the age of 17. A verified juvenile delinquent, quitting school after the ninth grade to play the drums all day long. He started his musical journey at Moe’s Missile Lounge in Cocoa Beach, playing drums with musicians twice his age, making $125 a week as go-go girls danced a few feet away, with and without clothes. An interesting time in 1967, the summer of love. Those late teenage years would be the focus of his 2014 book, Notes of a Young Drummer 1966-1969. In 1984 Welch was accepted into a masters group to study with legendary drummer Elvin Jones, Allen Ginsberg and Robert Frank. He was introduced to the Beat Poetry of Ginsberg and the black & white photography of Robert Frank. From 1984 to the present Welch has created his work in music, written & spoken word, still image, analog & digital media. Following Notes of a Young Drummer 1966-1969, Welch authored another quartet of books: I the first person You Play The Drums ? Are You Serious ? THE ROAD IS.
Here’s podcast number one from the now – off the scene – drumTALK the podcast series. I actually produced over 35 of these things. I uploaded a daily podcast for 30 days, it was interesting. This is podcast number one from the series. The others are buried in the vault somewhere and may eventually see the light on one of my pages, but not soon.
Greetings: This is a very lengthy collection of improvised solos I recorded in September. The concept is rooted in Jazz improvisation. I’m using 2 sticks and 2 brushes. For the younger drummers, I’ve tried to duplicate with my kit, the sound of early Max Roach and Frankie Dunlop. Frankie was Monks drummer for many years. My favorite Max examples are when he’s still playing his 4-piece Gretsch kit, before he went with 2 mounted toms. They both tuned their kits very high pitch. I’ve always liked that for certain styles, especially Jazz Bebop; the sticks fly off the heads. In trying to get this sound I’m using a Zoom Q2HD video recorder. I think it captures the live stereo sound of the kit.
My music curriculum for early learners is a top priority. I love being able to share my materials with parents and educators. I have 2 other web sites that showcase my materials. MrMikesMusicMats and Teach Music To Early Learners. I’m building these sites as I type, I hope you’ll visit and take a look. I’m available for consultation about your music curriculum needs. I’m building a large amount of books and teaching materials.
Thank you, Michael Welch