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Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 04:28 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 886
Posted By toddbishop
Re: No more jam sessions for me. I'm done

They can really suck, but they're really good for you. You get to figure out how to deal when, for whatever reason, it's impossible to play your best-- some or most of the players suck, or you don't...
Forum: General Discussion 03-26-2015, 05:41 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 673
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Is this "Unprofessional"

You not having brushes, or them asking? I would call not having brushes with you just a mistake-- it's basic piece of equipment you're supposed to carry, but "unprofessional" is a little strong. It...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-25-2015, 09:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 246
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Trying to master limb independence with J. Chapin's "New Techniques"

The only part that really has meaning by itself is the ride pattern-- if you're going to break it down, I would try to always have the ride going. Instead of thinking of it as a collection of...
Forum: General Discussion 03-21-2015, 05:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 284
Posted By toddbishop
Re: A question on Real Books

I don't think it matters what version you get-- maybe in the newer ones they've corrected some of the mistakes and notoriously bad chord changes, and gotten rid of some of the things nobody ever...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-20-2015, 06:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,352
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Help I need some good drum tab sites !

Why don't professional cyclists use all the tools at their disposal, and put training wheels on their bikes? Tabs are just not a professional tool. Or, they are a tool with very limited...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-20-2015, 05:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 333
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Improvising over bossa nova exemplas?

Maria Rita, I don't know her, but I'll check her out now! My tastes are always stuck in the 60s-70s...
Forum: General Discussion 03-20-2015, 05:23 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 883
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Is hard to make a living out of jazz? Are there any jobs out there?

It's hard to make a living as any kind of musician. As a jazz player, you may have more options than some other people re: the kinds of gigs you can take. It's easy enough to get some steady,...
Forum: General Discussion 03-18-2015, 05:38 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 950
Posted By toddbishop

1. Listen to a lot of music. It sounds like you're more in love with the idea than the actual music, so you'll have to fall in love with the music. Jazz is a pretty grown up taste, so you'll probably...
Forum: General Discussion 03-17-2015, 08:22 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 690
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Last piece of gear you forgot?

I've never forgotten anything too serious- a music stand, a rug, a second cymbal stand, a tie. We did have an epic CF on the last gig of a tour a couple of years ago-- we get out of the car in...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-16-2015, 06:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 711
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Learning the Rebound Stroke

That's a legit way of playing, and a decent video. I have some reservations about making your basic, generic stroke a 16" stroke-- which would be a ff or fff when played in actual, indoor, acoustic...
Forum: General Discussion 03-16-2015, 04:25 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 854
Posted By toddbishop
Re: German grip, which German?

Well, it was a nice theory... it's still kind of fitting, even if it's BS.

I was kind of BSing with rest of my comment, too-- I always understood that French and German grips are so named because...
Forum: General Discussion 03-15-2015, 08:56 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 854
Posted By toddbishop
Re: German grip, which German?

French and German are the names of timpani grips, and the way those things tend to go, each one was probably named by the opposite country, because it was something they hated. I know there's a type...
Forum: General Discussion 03-15-2015, 12:41 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 707
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Craigslist, Best deal ever....NOT

I wonder if he'll part it out? DOH!! THERE GOES ANOTHER $500! And I have to pay-- that's what kills me.
Forum: Drum Technique 03-13-2015, 05:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 610
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Hi-Hat speed help.

I would just go to quarter notes, myself. I played a lot of open hihat with that music.

There's a Marky Ramone video where he demonstrates his hihat technique-- you can check that out and see if...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-11-2015, 05:35 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 622
Posted By toddbishop
Re: 1st Joint as opposed to 2nd Joint grip

The way you're holding the sticks looks fine, but I would rotate your forearms for a flat-wristed, so-called "German" grip for your foundational, basic grip. The thumbs-up thing you're doing is a...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-10-2015, 06:58 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 827
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Exercises to hit the 'middle' of a beat?

Trying to sort out front/middle/back of the beat vs. live players I think is a mistake. I think whatever issues you're having here will be fixed by just having stronger time and rhythm overall, and...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-09-2015, 06:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 333
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Improvising over bossa nova exemplas?

It's a nice solo, but nothing particularly bossa nova about it-- it's basically a normal hands-only jazz solo with a bossa rhythm in the feet-- it's like a Max Roach solo. He's playing a lot of it is...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-08-2015, 06:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 643
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Jim Chapin on open rolls(Double stroke roll)

The reason those strokes are no good for an open roll is that you're not really trying to play "soft-loud", you're trying to develop a strong double. By downstroking the way he does there, you're...
Forum: Drums 03-08-2015, 05:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 397
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Nesting kit..

I dunno, the Jalopnik guys (http://jalopnik.com/tag/mazda-miata) are way into them...
Forum: General Discussion 03-08-2015, 05:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 623
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Last Minute Gig Fees

Usually the thing just pays what it pays. But you also usually just walk in and play the thing whether you know the songs or not-- you don't put in a bunch of extra hours learning Sweet Caroline, or...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-06-2015, 02:36 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,187
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Jazz and Matched Grip

I feel like I keep seeing people with excessive chops doing weird stuff along those lines, but normally, no, you wouldn't do that. In jazz you do most of your timekeeping on the ride cymbal, not the...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-05-2015, 01:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 460
Posted By toddbishop
Re: My 8th's sound like quarters

There's no need for any kind of special technique just to play 8th notes on the hihats-- except for extremely bright tempos, in which case you're definitely defeating your purpose by doing this. Stop...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-01-2015, 08:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 481
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Jazz comping speed - wrist/finger

The LH doubles don't need to be loud. Maybe get on a practice pad or snare drum and work on anything with a lot of left hand doubles, playing in the p-mp range-- with stick heights around 1-3"....
Forum: Drum Technique 03-01-2015, 04:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 589
Posted By toddbishop
Re: The level system?

Yep. There really isn't an alternative method to this, is there? People may emphasize it to whatever varying degrees, but there's really just paying attention to form and efficiency, using this...
Forum: Drums 03-01-2015, 04:02 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 784
Posted By toddbishop
Re: "intermediate level drum kits jazz" which to buy?. and which choose..

Any of those will be great for you. I suspect the Sonor and Tama will sound better than the Catalinas, which are mediocre-sounding. The current Yamaha Stage series are supposed to be great, so maybe...
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