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JohnMunsey 08-16-2005 10:58 PM

Art Verdi
What I like about Art is he not only did something to extreme ability (first guy to break 1,100 strokes), but also has many years history in drumming with jazz greats, like Jack Wilkins.

Art will be on TV soon for a major commercial for high speed internet company!

Mike Mangini is awesome too. I hear his coordination is cccrazy!

Scatman 08-17-2005 03:27 AM

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check this guy's videos www.artverdi.com great left

sound zap 08-17-2005 07:17 AM

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Can anybody explain further what art meant in the modern drumer mag by the half inch sweet spot is thirty percent of speed power

JohnMunsey 08-17-2005 08:34 AM

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Upon learning about who Art had performed with, I looked up who they were. Jack Wilkins was the guitarist for Buddy Rich. And a lot of the other guys Art played with played with like Coltrane and big jazz guys.

I thought it was almost a discredit that people knew Art only through the speed thing when the guy was playing with these types of people.

Mangini is the same. He may be the fastest, but the guy plays with Stevie Vai, for godsake!

Scatman 08-17-2005 11:56 PM

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I think this guy is one of the drummers that took Butch Miles place with the Basie band when Butch went with Brubek great left hand

JohnMunsey 08-18-2005 12:41 AM

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Ah, I know he played with some big people, but I dont think he played with Basie. I could be wrong. He played with people from Buddy's band and/or Coltrane's.

Scatman 08-18-2005 11:03 PM

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I'm thinking about practicing traditional grip finger action again after watching art's finger control videos

JohnMunsey 08-18-2005 11:43 PM

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Ahhhh... I like matched grip better, but traditional has its benefits I suppose.

drumskillz 08-19-2005 03:57 PM

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Art is a great drummer. His technique is phenomenal. If you ever happen to get out to a WFD event he will gladly show you his technique in detail. He holds clinics there where he describes the usefulness of the Drumometer and the methods he uses to train. He is a very friendly guy and very helpful. Check this guy out if you can. I will be posting additional videos of some of his playing on my website shortly.

JohnMunsey 08-19-2005 11:55 PM

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I thought about that silly post and I have to much respect for Art to make people think he played with a band full of whimps or something like that LOL or [EDITED FOR LANGUAGE] LOL That was a silly wimpy name I made up Sorry Folks, I was in a funny mood

Scatman 08-20-2005 03:54 AM

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what band full of whimps? what are you talking about?

John Ruggiero 08-20-2005 04:48 AM

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My nephew met Art Verdi and Mike Mangini about 2 years ago at a wfd event in Nashville He told me these guys really helped his ability to play faster and control the sticks better. He improved his beats on the drum o meter a bit in the 3 days he was there. He also met Johnny Rabb.. My nephew Nelson lost in the fast hands competition but he has a much better speed and control with the sticks

sound zap 08-20-2005 08:53 PM

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Drumskillz did not show any links to his site. How would anybody know how to get to it ha ha

percman 08-22-2005 04:38 AM

Art 1100 Verdi
Art Verdi was the first person that I met at the WFD Championships in 2003. When I said hello, he immediately said, "let's see your chops!" So I did single strokes with one hand because I was not warmed up. He said " You're gonna win this thing." After that, he has been encouraging, helpful, insightful, and a great friend [ I'll have to buy him his own WFD pad]! Email him and look up his web site for some motivation. Go ArtV!
Eric Okamoto

Scatman 08-22-2005 09:17 AM

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The modern drummer magazine says Art will be all over you like a rash until you grasp his logic of playing with a correct technique I guess that's what he did to this guy Perc

JohnMunsey 08-22-2005 04:30 PM

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Hey Eric! Werent you one of the winners or something? 1st or 2nd place???

Nice to have you.

Hey I think Art is eager to help to the point MD said like a Rash!!!

Scatman 08-22-2005 11:04 PM

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Art must be some convincing guy for Modern Drummer to say that. He must really believe in what he says

JohnMunsey 08-23-2005 03:20 AM

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On video, he sounds very confident in his speaking and techniques. I found a video of him on a japanese site or something besides his own site.

His videos are insanely fast. I think if I tried that I'd hurt myself :(

Scatman 08-23-2005 04:05 AM

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What is the link to the Japanese site?

JohnMunsey 08-24-2005 02:11 AM

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Sorry Scatman,

I searched and couldn't find the japanese thing, but it's probably out there somewhere.

I did run into a write up about him though:

Jazz News

sam_lecompte 08-24-2005 04:47 PM

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Art has been a good friend of mine for a little over a year now. We have such a good time at the NAMM shows. If you ever get to attend a NAMM show, come check us out at the World's Fastest Drummer stage. Art has a lot to offer, and is always willing to share his knowledge. The man knows his stuff.

JohnMunsey 08-24-2005 06:07 PM

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I was one of the ones a bit skeptical also about the whole WFD speed thing, but I saw the focus on proper hand technique and stuff.

And what made an impression too was Bruce Wittet from Modern Drummer said he highly values Art's advice, and boy, I know Modern Drummer knows their stuff, and have interviewed so many top drummers.

Those guys at Modern Drummer, and all their magazines, it's like encyclopedias of drumming!

Scatman 08-24-2005 10:14 PM

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Art's advice definitly but Mike Mangini and Johnny Rabb also. He didn't just say Art's advice These guys all know their onions man when it comes to technique.

Elvin4ever 08-24-2005 11:36 PM

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I just saw in another thread there was going to be a big WFD event in November at a college in Flint, Michigan. Where does Art live? Do guys like him go to these regional events? Since this one was going to be at a college, you never know. He seems perfect for the college master class kind of stuff.

Scatman 08-25-2005 12:28 AM

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I know the wfd is from Nashville

sound zap 08-25-2005 12:51 AM

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I did some searching. Art Verdi is from NJ and Marco Mininman is from Germany Thomas Lang is from Austria. Virgil Donati is from Australia. Phil Collins is from England Louie Bellson is from California and Buddy Rich was from Brooklyn Gene Krupa lived in Yonkers

JohnMunsey 08-26-2005 05:16 PM

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Cool. When will this be?

Scatman 08-27-2005 05:23 AM

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I never heard of Morello teaching at a school He has just private students

JohnMunsey 08-27-2005 07:14 AM

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I am starting to question the role that genetics plays in drumming. I mean, I watched Art's videos and the guy seems to be in fast forward at some instances. It's like, that's when I think I might concentrate on groove drumming. And then I think is that why people do focus on groove drumming - cause they dont feel capable of extreme technique.

Dont get me wrong. I have great technique, but this guy is insane on these videos www.artverdi.com

Sorry, but any encouragement would be welcome at this time. I just feel like a different type of drummer right now.

John Ruggiero 08-27-2005 07:10 PM

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John is saying if you can't play fast you groove? A drummer should be able to groove if he plays fast or not. I'm not saying Art Verdi can't groove I'm saying speed has nothing to do with grooving. John is making it look like he has a choice

Scatman 08-27-2005 10:32 PM

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I see your point Johnn. Look at Chambers and Cobham they play fast and groove their butts off

JohnMunsey 08-28-2005 12:07 AM

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I was just a little discouraged when I wrote it.

Scatman 08-28-2005 12:57 AM

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I didn't see two Johns I was talking to John R

JohnMunsey 08-28-2005 02:16 AM

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I was just saying that maybe their is a genetic component to be above certain speeds, but I don't know if it is true.

I wonder what exactly it is that Buddy had

sound zap 09-01-2005 10:50 PM

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Most peope believe the more you practice the faster you get I think some people are born with faster abilities than others like Mr Rich most likely ambidextous abilities this automatically gives a stronger and faster left hand ability

JohnMunsey 09-02-2005 03:57 AM

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I hear you.

Buddy and Art's video clips sometimes look like it is fast forward.

Is their an optical trick to doing this, a visual technique?

JohnMunsey 09-06-2005 06:33 AM

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DrumNut 09-08-2005 04:50 AM

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Art's videos are insane and crazy. He must have had 5 expressos before filming those haha

Scatman 09-08-2005 08:31 PM

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If righty drummers do everything with the left hand that would be normally done with the right like eating or shaving I think the left side would get stronger in time

JohnMunsey 09-09-2005 03:14 AM

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