A video chat with 2011 World Solo Drumming Champion Steven McWhirter

Published: October 31, 2011
A video chat with 2011 World Solo Drumming Champion Steven McWhirter Published: October 31, 2011

The two-time winner of solo pipe band drumming's highest award lets pipes|drums subscribers in on his preparation, strategy and the importance of having a musically compatible piping accompaniment. McWhirter also lets viewers in on one of his secrets to gaining sympathetic integration with tempo and the beat.

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