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Forum: Drum Technique 11-12-2014, 08:27 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 968
Posted By Richard.Awesome
Re: Realistic Expectations

I think a realistic expectation is does it make YOU happy? If everyone that played did so because they thought they'd be Buddy Rich, no one would be on this board right now.

For me, when I get...
Forum: Drummers 11-04-2014, 09:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 461
Posted By Richard.Awesome
Re: Eric Slick

Big fan! Made a great band even greater when he joined Dr. Dog.
Forum: Drum Technique 10-08-2014, 09:52 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,359
Posted By Richard.Awesome
Re: Making the most out of limited practice time

Yes! love me some Steve Jordan. I think the best way to work on limb independence would be to take the different grooves you mentioned, and break them down limb by limb, then 2 at a time, 3, then all...
Forum: Drum Technique 10-07-2014, 03:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,055
Posted By Richard.Awesome
Re: complete beginner; problem with bass drum technique

I prefer heel down for balance, but it really is all preference. This Ginger Baker video he says "the only way to play is heel up" - which is not true, but like you said, as long as it doesn't hurt...
Forum: Drum Technique 10-07-2014, 03:36 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,045
Posted By Richard.Awesome
Re: Cymbal to tom or tom to snare

Gregg Bissonette talks about this in his video.
Forum: Drum Technique 10-02-2014, 10:51 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,610
Posted By Richard.Awesome
Re: Tempo problems!

Try 40bpm for 20 minutes a day and see where you are in a week. Slowness creates control, and grooving gets easier when you start to work up the tempo.
Forum: Drum Technique 09-25-2014, 04:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,019
Posted By Richard.Awesome
Re: The mediocre drum guru?

I think your head is in the right place, in "don't worry about being good, worry about being better." There will always be someone looking up to you (young and old) just as we all look up to others....
Forum: Drum Technique 09-19-2014, 10:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 630
Posted By Richard.Awesome
Re: Philly Joe comping

Excited to read! Thanks for posting.
Forum: Drum Technique 09-10-2014, 08:56 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,222
Posted By Richard.Awesome
Re: I Play Better When I Donít Practice

haha that's great - and so true!
Forum: Drum Technique 09-08-2014, 10:12 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,222
Posted By Richard.Awesome
Re: I Play Better When I Donít Practice

That's a good idea. I've gone through this spectrum of practice/no practice myself. I used to practice the day of a gig, and would feel on the gig less energy to play. I then stopped touching the...
Forum: Drum Technique 01-28-2014, 08:55 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,506
Posted By Richard.Awesome
Re: I want to play jazz standards on my drums.

Two things to add:

1. This site can be helpful to learn the 'heads' (aka melody) of the tune: http://www.learnjazzstandards.com/

2. Listen to recordings of songs with a vocalist - you can pick...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-18-2013, 07:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,158
Posted By Richard.Awesome
Re: Heel-toe: bass pedal tension?

It was awesome. If you're in the North NJ or NYC area he does them, there is info on his site.
Forum: Drum Technique 11-12-2013, 11:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,158
Posted By Richard.Awesome
Heel-toe: bass pedal tension?

I had an AMAZING private lesson with Bernard Purdie recently!!! He helped me disect a lot of bad habits that were tightening me up, including relying on heel-up playing all the time which was really...
Forum: Drum Technique 01-10-2012, 06:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,513
Posted By Richard.Awesome
Forum: Drum Technique 11-22-2011, 05:26 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,612
Posted By Richard.Awesome
Re: The black dog when practicing

you need to learn to love it! my first suggestion is always practice patterns, beats, rudiments, etc with music. metronome is a good starting place, but when you have control, you need to play music.
Forum: Drum Technique 09-19-2011, 07:40 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,263
Posted By Richard.Awesome
Re: Uptempo jazz studies - dancing on the ride and comping

Thank you for the tips everyone. I am having a lot of trouble in the 235+ range currently. I notice my fingers are coming off the stick, this doesn't sound like it should be happening?
Forum: Drum Technique 08-12-2011, 06:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,091
Posted By Richard.Awesome
Re: Standard Time by Steve Davis 'real' tracklisting

Ed - thank you so much! This will help me tremondously!

I will continue to guess as to what Sugar & Spice may be.
Forum: Drum Technique 06-30-2011, 09:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,091
Posted By Richard.Awesome
Re: Standard Time by Steve Davis 'real' tracklisting

bump, anyone else have any ideas for these last few?
Forum: Drum Technique 06-21-2011, 10:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,835
Posted By Richard.Awesome
Re: CD Play Along with Book needed! (To improve Ear Abilities)

what style of music are you looking to play? i have my ipod loaded with multiple artists & genres and often play to the shuffle. it's fun, keeps you on your toes and helps you learn new ideas in real...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-14-2011, 09:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,091
Posted By Richard.Awesome
Re: Standard Time by Steve Davis 'real' tracklisting

Thank you Ed! I've also updated the songs above to include the forms too.
Forum: Drum Technique 06-13-2011, 04:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,091
Posted By Richard.Awesome
Standard Time by Steve Davis 'real' tracklisting

Does anyone have a complete list of the real standards the songs in Standard Time by Steve Davis are based on? I can't figure some of them out.

1. Brooklyn Blues (Blues in B)
2. Blue Fish Road...
Forum: General Discussion 05-31-2011, 10:39 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 9,701
Posted By Richard.Awesome
Re: Best jazz albums(with great jazz drumming)?

If you've got time and Netflix, you should check out Ken Burn's Jazz documentary. It will give you a lot of great history of jazz up until about 1970.
Forum: General Discussion 05-31-2011, 10:31 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 9,701
Posted By Richard.Awesome
Re: Best jazz albums(with great jazz drumming)?

Preservation Hall Jazz Band is great Traditional jazz. As for fusion look into Return to Forever!
Forum: General Discussion 05-31-2011, 10:27 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 9,701
Posted By Richard.Awesome
Re: Best jazz albums(with great jazz drumming)?

There are a million, but the group listed in John Riley's Art of Bop Drumming is great to start with.

Miles Davis - Milestones
Art Blakey - Moanin'
Art Pepper plus Eleven
Clifford Brown & Max...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-02-2011, 07:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,840
Posted By Richard.Awesome
Re: sticks moving in hands?

hey guys thanks for the feedback!
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