How many times in my 25 year or so career did I hear, "you play pretty good for a girl; you play almost as good as a guy; you sure make funny faces when you play; maybe you should get a hip hat or a better haircut, I bet then you would get more gigs....etc. etc." How tiring it all became. Will there ever be a time when it just does not matter whether you are a man or a woman in regards to playing drums?
While working on my undergraduate and graduate degrees at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia CA, I had the great privilege to study with master drummers not only from the United States but also from India, Africa and Indonesia. Each of these teachers opened new and exciting doors into worlds of drumming that I would have never known otherwise. Why, you may be asking, would this necessarily make someone a better drummer?
The 'Wilson Grip' is a drum grip that was created and taught by Richard Wilson, who I had the great fortune to study with in the late 1980's. I was on my way to developing chronic tendonitis when Richard was highly recommended to me to study with.
Described by Cadence Magazine as a whirling dervish of rhythmic coloration, Jeanette Kangas has performed in major venues in Europe, Canada and the USA, including the Monterey Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall, the Great American Music Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. She has taught private lessons since 1987 and continues to perform and record in San Diego.