Hi! I’m Ashlyn Price and I’m 12 years old. I am so excited to be entering the Hit Like A Girl Contest for the third time! So many amazing things have happened to me because of my participation in this contest. The support and encouragement have been overwhelming and I am truly thankful for that. I was given performance opportunities and even media attention. Last year, my cover of The Spirit of Radio was featured on Rush’s official Twitter page, and I was given a pair of Neil Peart’s drumsticks by my drum teacher, Gary McCracken, who had been a touring mate of Neil’s in the early days. The contest also brought me a great supporter, friend, and mentor in Canadian artist Emm Gryner.
I have been a School of Rock kid since I started drumming at the age of 6 and have had some amazing teachers there, including Murray Stewart-Jones, Eddie Baranek, and currently the energetic and all around awesome Eric Choi. I have been exposed to a lot of drummer’s work at SOR and Keith Moon, John Bonham, and Jeff Porcaro are some favourites. Neil Peart obviously tops my list!
For my contest entry this year I decided to try something new, challenging and fun. I put together a hybrid kit (with a little help) by adding a Roland SPD-SX with external triggers and footswitches to my DW kit. With this awesome set-up I was able to create a Neil Peart inspired three part solo that I like to call ‘Three Parts Peart.’ The first part involves soloing over a waltz foot pattern with a couple of triggered sounds added in. This is my go to warm-up and it’s never the same twice. The middle part relies on horn shots triggered by the pads and a footswitch. The solo ends with a big band climax (as Neil Peart calls it), featuring a section of Love For Sale by The Buddy Rich Band. Be sure to watch for the throwback solo ending and a nod of approval (a little Canadian humour!)