Free Online Video Workshop
with Taylor McDowell
In this five-part series, Taylor McDowell will introduce the basics of drumming including stick grip techniques, drum beats, rudiments, and exercises.
Taylor’s series also covers warming up, utilizing the metronome, and live performance tips and tricks.
All you need are drum sticks and a drum, or whatever you have around the house to make a DIY version!
Taylor McDowell’s first love is drumming—on anything and everything! Despite a severe hearing-impairment, he has become an instructor, a pit musician, and a well-known street performer, busking throughout the Utica area and even NYC. He studied privately for many years with Syracuse-area percussionist, Jimmy Johns. Taylor served as the drummer for RENT at Catherine Cummings Theatre, as assistant percussionist for Syracuse Stage, and has performed at a myriad of CNY events. He’s a three-time first-place winner at MSC Talent Competitions and was a finalist at the Guitar Center’s “Drum-Off.”
By day, Taylor is a bit of a techno-geek. He earned an Associates Degree in Computer Information Systems and a Bachelors of Technology in Application Software Development at Morrisville State College. During his years at MSC, he was (and remains) the only Global Game Jam participant to solely create a video game containing original music, artwork, and code. Taylor was also a member of Omnicron Delta Kappa and Phi Beta Lambda, and graduated with honors. Post graduation, he worked for many years as a Programmer Analyst for PAR Technology, and is currently employed as a Web Developer for Digital Scholarship and Digital Media Collections at Hamilton College.
In an attempt to combine his love of drumming and affinity for technology, Taylor created GeekSalad—an informative and entertaining YouTube channel. You can also find him on Facebook (Taylor-The Frontman Drummer) and Instagram (@taylormcdowelldrums).