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Forum: General Discussion 11-08-2018, 05:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 439
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Got your old method books?

I have filing cabinets full of drum books. Between years of buying them,and now reviewing them for Percussive Notes, I have quite a collection. After speaking to my insurance agent, I realized that...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-08-2018, 05:20 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 904
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Wrist Twisters vs Stick Control

Hi Genazvale,

I wrote The Level System (https://www.amazon.com/Level-System-Natural-Developing-Dynamics/dp/0739086642/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1451586592&sr=8-1&keywords=Level+system+Jeff+johnson)...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-06-2018, 11:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,210
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Mastering the Tables of Time

I agree with all of this. Great book and extremely good guy. Mastering the Tables of Time won best drum book of the year in the 2009 Modern Drummer Readers Poll.

Jeff
Forum: General Discussion 05-27-2018, 05:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,234
Posted By jeffwj
Re: How to shake that tambourine!

You mentioned playing it with your foot. Are you using a tambourine pedal like the one in this video?

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mpNxnTHMCHs

Jeff
Forum: General Discussion 04-21-2018, 09:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,974
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Requirements for my big band audition

No problem at all. I enjoyed it too. I think the concepts of “thinking like a horn player” really helped. Think about singing or vocalizing the horn hits. A staccato, eighth-note hit can be...
Forum: General Discussion 04-16-2018, 05:14 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,974
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Requirements for my big band audition

Todd is correct. Since you mentioned that the sightreading is from the existing repertoire, you will be given a big band chart (or section of a chart) which is to be interpreted.

The sightreading...
Forum: Drum Technique 04-16-2018, 02:22 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,925
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Rudiments in daily practice or something else?

Itís great that you are studying with a student of Stone. There arenít many of his students left, with Joe Morello and Vic Firthís passing.

Barry James studied with Stone. Barry is living in...
Forum: General Discussion 04-12-2018, 08:25 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,974
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Requirements for my big band audition

Don’t take this the wrong way, but I just want to give you something to think about... Do you think your competition for the audition has been studying and taking lessons? What about the people who...
Forum: General Discussion 04-11-2018, 07:07 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,974
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Requirements for my big band audition

If you’ve never read charts before, you need to start now. Is your teacher working on the audition requirements with you? If so, he/she should definitely prepare you to read charts, especially if...
Forum: General Discussion 04-08-2018, 09:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,164
Posted By jeffwj
Re: What sources should I study from for sight reading?

I usually would agree with Tony, since many school jazz bands (especially middle school bands) unfortunately play mainly pop stuff like Uptown Funk and Crazy Train instead of big band jazz tunes. ...
Forum: General Discussion 04-08-2018, 07:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,164
Posted By jeffwj
Re: What sources should I study from for sight reading?

I own just about every book you could find on big band drumming, and this one is the best. Don’t think twice about the price. It’s worth every penny. My student made All-State Jazz Band two years...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-22-2018, 11:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,057
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Triplets NOT in groupings of 3 or 6 beats. How do you feel the bar line??? HELP!

Joe Morello had a great exercise for that. You can also experiment with playing the stickings from pg. 5-7 stick control as triplets. The four 8th note phrases will outline a half note triplet. ...
Forum: General Discussion 02-24-2018, 11:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 910
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Drum DVDs

Steve Weiss has a lot of videos of that format.
https://www.steveweissmusic.com/category/concert-videos/a

Thanks,

Jeff
Forum: Drum Technique 02-24-2018, 04:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,313
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Hand Motions Exercise

Yes, the Accents and Rebounds exercises are great. Morello also utilized the motions with pages 8-19 of Master Studies.

Jeff
Forum: Drum Technique 02-23-2018, 10:34 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,313
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Hand Motions Exercise

Daniel,

Great post (both PDF and video)! As always, your explanations are clear and easy for students of all ages and levels to understand.

Do you have a copy of my book, The Level System? ...
Forum: Drum Technique 10-25-2017, 06:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 890
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Snare drum on the staff

The standard, as adopted by the Percussive Arts Society, is usually the one that I follow when submitting books or articles for print. Publishers usually prefer this standardized notation. You can...
Forum: General Discussion 10-13-2017, 07:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 887
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Eighth note notation (beaming)

That is the default on my version of Finale as well. If I want to beam 8th notes in groups of two, I need to go to Document Options and change the beaming.

Jeff
Forum: Drum Technique 10-13-2017, 07:35 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 8,542
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Best Method Book for Beginners?

And the original poster has not logged in since 2012. Seems like someone bumped a very old thread....

Jeff
Forum: Drum Technique 09-29-2017, 08:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 790
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Using the drumming motions with accent exercises

You don't even have to figure out the motions. They are all included in the book. You can check out the images on Amazon...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-29-2017, 06:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 971
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Elbows; like a chicken or straight jacket

Joe Morello often said that you should be in a relaxed position when you play.

Think about this:

When you relax and watch tv, are your arms stuck out in a chicken wing position- probably not....
Forum: Drum Technique 09-28-2017, 08:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 790
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Using the drumming motions with accent exercises

You are referring to a concept known as the level system. Many of us use that style of accenting. For paradiddles (and other accented rudiments) you can check out John Wooten's rudiment videos on...
Forum: General Discussion 09-09-2017, 08:59 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,924
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Cruise Ship Audition

How long ago was that? I've heard stories (on the forums) of musicians working other jobs, but never experienced it. I also know, and have played with, many other musicians who played cruises on...
Forum: General Discussion 09-07-2017, 08:48 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,924
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Cruise Ship Audition

I have performed on cruise ships and can honestly say that (for an audition) 30 minutes to prepare the charts is more than I ever heard of. Most of the lines (and agencies) want you to sightread...
Forum: General Discussion 09-02-2017, 09:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 789
Posted By jeffwj
Re: What did he put on the drum at 2:07

Edit: As I was typing, it looks like Bermuda was already submitting the answer.

It looks like the Big Fat Snare Drum "Snare-Bourine" topper (see link).
...
Forum: General Discussion 07-31-2017, 04:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 983
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Random Drum Fill Generator - input, thoughts and advice wanted

Joe Crabtree has a software offering that creates random grooves and fills. Here's the link.

http://www.joecrabtree.com/content/rhythmachine

Jeff
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