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Dear Musician – Musical Independence

What a musician on fire looks like …


by Dendy Jarrett



New York-based drummer, singer-songwriter and synth bassist Josh Dion is a musician on fire. And, no, that isn’t a typo…this guy plays drums, plays keyboard, and sings. The world’s full of extremely talented musicians. I’ve had the privilege of knowing some who live in Nashville. But Josh Dion seems to be of another planet. He’s on par with someone who juggles, chews gum, walks a tightrope, and pats his head all at the same time.


If you’ve ever studied drums with a professional drum instructor, one of the bibles of drumming is Jim Chapin’s Advanced Techniques for the Modern Drummer. This book is a starter guide to learning independence of each hand and each foot. Your brain starts to remember how patterns feels to your limbs. For some it’s easy, and for others, not so much.


Josh Dion’s not only a one-man band, but he’s also laying down the funk all by himself. But what’s striking is that he makes it look easy and seamless. The musical brain is a fascinating piece of wonder. The number of processors and ram necessary to make all these parts work together in his brain is staggering.


Musical independence can take many forms. For Harmony Central, it’s remaining neutral so that we can provide you with honest and reliable gear reviews and a non-biased place to come together as musicians and share. For musicians, it can be the freedom to play the music you love or music that you feel connects you with your audience. For Josh Dion, it’s simply having a brain in each of his four limbs, plus being able to sing a part while those four limbs operate with complete independence.


And for those musicians who enjoy watching Josh Dion work his magic, he’s what a musician on fire looks like—while he makes better music!









                             Josh Dion: The Art Of Singing & Drumming (FULL DRUM LESSON) - Drumeo








Dendy Jarrett is the Publisher and Executive Director of Harmony Central. He has been heavily involved at the executive level in many aspects of the drum and percussion industry for over 25 years and has been a professional player since he was 16. His articles and product reviews have been featured in InTune Monthly, Gig Magazine, DRUM! and Modern Drummer Magazines.



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