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Forum: Drum Technique 03-05-2014, 08:37 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,865
Posted By zazylaw
Re: Is it too late to start drumming to a certain level?

Chris Adler started drumming at 22, and I think most people would agree he's a pretty amazing drummer.

source: http://usa.mapexdrums.com/news/news_story.asp?ID=88

It's never too late to start!...
Forum: Drum Technique 02-20-2014, 09:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,126
Posted By zazylaw
Re: Practice is WORKING

Congrats man, you reminded me of when I notice these sorts of things in my own playing, such a GREAT feeling, and am glad you shared :-)
Forum: Drum Technique 02-11-2014, 08:38 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,342
Posted By zazylaw
Re: The ultimate independence test - can anyone do this?

I've been working with this independence book for awhile (really fun book, can hurt your brain at times! ;-))

4-Way Coordination...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-18-2013, 08:52 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,627
Posted By zazylaw
Re: Is Moeller technique banned from WFD?

Yup, Tom Grosset just set the latest record less than a week ago, 1208 single strokes in 60 seconds:

Forum: Drum Technique 05-30-2013, 08:23 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,217
Posted By zazylaw
Re: drum workouts....

Absolutely! I've looked for "drum oriented gym-workout" type books (or even websites) in the past, and I've never really been able to find anything more than one or two random tips... I've wondered...
Forum: Drum Technique 05-30-2013, 05:58 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,218
Posted By zazylaw
Re: Need some help with fills

Not a .pdf, but this book by the author of "Stick Control" is amazing! Frustrating, but amazing ;-)

Forum: Drum Technique 05-30-2013, 05:46 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,231
Posted By zazylaw
Re: Practice it until it "feels good."

I just want to second this... I joined a Marching Band last year, and at first, I found it really difficult to play the music well while trying to keep in step and keep in formation, all at the same...
Forum: Drum Technique 05-03-2013, 09:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,619
Posted By zazylaw
Re: Learning Double Bass



Enjoy! :-)

Not specific to...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-22-2013, 10:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,600
Posted By zazylaw
Re: Double bass-speed - struggling, pain

I just wanted to add one "trick" I stumbled across on my own double-bass pedal...

Try hitting both pedals at the same time, doing your best not to flam the two beaters (ie. just play a string of...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-06-2012, 07:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,618
Posted By zazylaw
Re: What do I do with it?

I've been looking for a good metronome that can go silent FOREVER!!! Thanks for this link! :-D
Forum: Drum Technique 10-26-2012, 10:39 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,430
Posted By zazylaw
Re: Drummer as a carrier for old dog 32 years old!

I started at 30 myself, and have often wondered this, especially since a lot of the "monster drummers" all seem to have started when they were like 5 years old :-P

The "oldest starting age" I've...
Forum: Drum Technique 10-26-2012, 10:27 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,863
Posted By zazylaw
Re: Bad sense of rhythm

If you've been only playing for 2 months, then I don't think you have anything to worry about, and yes, it's supposed to be hard ;-)

I had a lot of trouble with this too when I started out, so I...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-05-2012, 10:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,545
Posted By zazylaw
Re: My left foot is.. stupid?

I know exactly what you mean ;-) I've been working on this sort of stuff for months, basically I take "4" paradiddles:


and pick one of them for my feet to...
Forum: Drum Technique 08-22-2012, 05:52 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,835
Posted By zazylaw
Re: Opening and Closing Hi-Hat

I'm pretty new to trying to play the hi-hat consistently in this way, but just pick one of your favourite pages to practice (that obviously doesn't include the left foot ;-)), and do:

- quarter...
Forum: Drum Technique 08-22-2012, 05:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,684
Posted By zazylaw
Re: What do you do as practice when you don't have sticks with you?

4-Way Coordination: A Method Book for the Development of Complete Independence on the Drum Set


Ever since...
Forum: Drum Technique 08-16-2012, 07:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,362
Posted By zazylaw
Re: Please help with this.

I haven't done a ton of "The New Breed", but I know there's some exercises right at the beginning where you even have to hit all 4 limbs at the same time, take a look at the book next time you're in...
Forum: Drum Technique 08-16-2012, 05:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,070
Posted By zazylaw
Re: If you began learning to play drums again.

I've seen a lot of people in these forums say they wish they had gotten a drum teacher earlier in their careers.

For me personally, I agree that forcing myself to play more "new" things (as...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-24-2012, 08:01 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,684
Posted By zazylaw
Re: How can I get my double stroke roll cleaner?

Something I found that really helped my doubles was to just try to always practice them leading with my left hand.

I've been doing this for a few months, and I've really noticed a difference in...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-24-2012, 05:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,040
Posted By zazylaw
Re: playing cleaner sextuplets?

When I have trouble with something like this, I'll play a bar or two of the sextuplets on the snare, so I can "hear/feel" the sextuplet "properly" (s s s s s s), and then play some bars of what I'm...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-06-2012, 09:11 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,118
Posted By zazylaw
Re: Weak-hand frustration!

I came here to say something like this, I made a conscious effort to start doing these sorts of things years ago, and I think it has helped overall. open doors with your weak hand, if you keep your...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-28-2012, 05:34 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,118
Posted By zazylaw
Re: Weak-hand frustration!

Just posted a link to this in the other "weak side thread", so I'll post it here too :-)

Forum: Drum Technique 06-28-2012, 05:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,035
Posted By zazylaw
Re: Left Hand Single Strokes

Everytime I see a "left (weak) side help" post, I try to link Dom Famularo's "The Weaker Side" ;-)

Forum: Drum Technique 06-28-2012, 05:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,979
Posted By zazylaw
Re: Need exercises for improving double pedal!!

Here's a little something I've been doing lately, and I think it's been helping quite a bit...

I'm taking whatever I would normally practice with constant 8-notes notes on the double-bass, and...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-21-2012, 09:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,217
Posted By zazylaw
Re: Developing Independence With All Limbs

I'm partial to this book, even though I haven't gotten too far into it, but man, it's fun:


Took me a long...
Forum: Drum Technique 05-07-2012, 09:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,921
Posted By zazylaw
Re: Problem with Stroke's Aim

Maybe try using some heavy sticks, like marching band ones!

I find their heavier weight sort of makes it easier for me to be more consistent and accurate (I'm assuming because their extra weight...
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