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Forum: Drum Technique 09-10-2014, 07:56 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 775
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, 09:12 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 775
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, 07:55 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,123
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, 06:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 994
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, 10:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 994
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, 05:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,416
Posted By Richard.Awesome
Forum: Drum Technique 11-22-2011, 04:26 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,234
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, 06:40 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,772
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, 05:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,979
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, 08:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,979
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, 09:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,720
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, 08:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,979
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, 03:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,979
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, 09:39 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,922
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, 09:31 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,922
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, 09:27 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,922
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, 06:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,728
Posted By Richard.Awesome
Re: sticks moving in hands?

hey guys thanks for the feedback!
Forum: Drum Technique 03-01-2011, 09:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,963
Posted By Richard.Awesome
Re: sound better without playing to click

I worked exclusively with a click for at least a year. Over time I got more comfortable with it and felt I could groove good with or without. What I've been doing recently though is playing along to...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-01-2011, 09:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,728
Posted By Richard.Awesome
sticks moving in hands?

I've been having tightness in my right arm and realized I must being doing something wrong with my grip. Well as I tried to examine it, I noticed the stick was spinning in my hand while I play. Then...
Forum: Drummers 01-06-2011, 09:22 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 22,788
Posted By Richard.Awesome
Re: Elvin Jones

This may help.

Inside the Drumming of Elvin Jones: http://www.drummagazine.com/lessons/post/inside-the-drumming-of-elvin-jones/
Forum: Drum Technique 01-04-2011, 07:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,016
Posted By Richard.Awesome
Re: intro to jazz

I'm into the intermediate realm, thanks to my teachers here in Lancaster, PA, The Art of Bop by John Riley, and as of late this great playalong Standard Time by Steve Davis. Highly recommended, it is...
Forum: Drum Technique 01-04-2011, 07:13 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 33,118
Posted By Richard.Awesome
Re: JOHN RILEY here...new DVD: samples here....

Just finished said article - I agree 100%!

John,

Do you ever offer lessons on a one-time basis? IE is it ever possible to schedule one if I'm in the NYC area? If so, do you work with...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-17-2010, 02:23 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,591
Posted By Richard.Awesome
Re: Practice routines?

what has helped me tremendously is playing everything slow (40bpm) for 10+ minutes working on control at all dynamic levels. i'll do single stroke, double strokes, buzz and paradiddles with my hands,...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-17-2010, 02:13 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,530
Posted By Richard.Awesome
Re: How can someone get up to 200 bpm on bass in months?

Make sure you're working on control and not just rushing through to get to a higher tempo.

My advice: start at 40bpm for 10-15mins (or more) and each day go up 5bpm. I like to practice triplets...
Forum: Drummers 08-16-2010, 06:13 PM
Replies: 488
Views: 92,169
Posted By Richard.Awesome
Re: Billy Ward here!

Caught the clinic stop in Harrisburg, PA. Enjoyed the playing and I learned a TON of stuff from John Good about the drum making process. I really appreciate you taking the time to chat as well Billy....
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