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Forum: Drum Technique 01-15-2015, 05:35 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,407
Posted By DPTrainor
Re: When have you truly 'mastered' a given BPM?

Wouldn't it be more useful to practice time subdivisions at variety of slower speeds like in the 30-80bpm, and up-tempo speeds, regardless of what limb(s) you use. And regardless of what the pattern...
Forum: Drum Technique 01-02-2015, 03:49 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 301
Posted By DPTrainor
Re: Best foot technique for me?

The short answer is heel down is a personal preference or choice and is no better or worse than heel up.
Forum: Drum Technique 12-29-2014, 08:33 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 411
Posted By DPTrainor
Re: Getting back to the drums after a long break...

Good for you to have motivation for more practice. I would just say there is no special sauce other then your own hard work and dedication over time. There is also no race, no winners and no...
Forum: Drum Technique 12-22-2014, 08:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 825
Posted By DPTrainor
Re: Balance point for playing heel up...

Many moons ago, I started out playing heel up, then switched to heel down, then switched back and now I play a combination of both. Switching techniques real time as needed. As far as I can tell,...
Forum: Drum Technique 12-22-2014, 05:26 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,427
Posted By DPTrainor
Re: Independence vs learning set patterns

I wonder if the brain is capable of "true" 4 way "independence". Meaning the brain can't divide its conscience processing into 4 independent streams of thought simultaneously. But that is perhaps a...
Forum: General Discussion 04-27-2014, 06:22 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,893
Posted By DPTrainor
Re: Musicality

I Love this definition and examples!!!
Forum: General Discussion 04-26-2014, 09:26 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,950
Posted By DPTrainor
Re: Some thoughts on keeping time

At risk of being redundant, keeping time is THE most important skill within the rhythmic framework of the song. And yes, it is the responsibility of all the musicians in the band (Larry's...
Forum: Drum Technique 01-14-2014, 07:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,103
Posted By DPTrainor
Re: Playing Ahead Of The Beat

Metronome. Slow at first. Slow. Then develop your "internal" time. There are no short cuts.
Forum: Drum Technique 01-13-2014, 06:49 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,727
Posted By DPTrainor
Re: Book of all Sticking Permutations?

I was thinking (most probably not an original thought), since practicing all permutations is not practical and many/most permutations not musical - why not take another approach...which is: listen to...
Forum: Drum Technique 10-14-2012, 05:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,777
Posted By DPTrainor
Re: G.L Stone's Stick control 4 members warm up

Nothing like George L Stone's Stick control for coordination, independence and pattern development. First 3 pages is a lifetimes worth of material. Enjoy the process. BTW, excellent video...
Forum: Drum Technique 10-14-2012, 05:33 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,399
Posted By DPTrainor
Re: Double bass simoltaneous hitting problem

SLOW everything down. Put your metronome on 30-40 bpm and relax.
Forum: Drum Technique 10-14-2012, 05:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,871
Posted By DPTrainor
Re: New Drummer Seeking Advice

Yeah, its all about the journey. Slow things down and practice each exercise deeply and let it get ingrained in your mind and muscles. Its not a race. In this modern world of instant gratification;...
Forum: General Discussion 10-08-2012, 06:15 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,341
Posted By DPTrainor
Re: Too old...?

Never too old. I am 54 and just started piano lessons. So fun.
Forum: General Discussion 09-25-2012, 04:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,349
Posted By DPTrainor
Re: I feel like I'll never get proper practice?

A tradeoff. e-drums play anytime day or night with great sound especially with VSTs. Acoustics the real feel and dynamics. Practice Pad for rudiments. In ideal world, you have all three.
Forum: General Discussion 09-25-2012, 02:54 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,154
Posted By DPTrainor
Re: playing live

60% playing Live, Relax, Groove, Have Fun.
Forum: General Discussion 09-23-2012, 07:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,540
Posted By DPTrainor
Re: Drumming quietly to hear the singer

Being able for everyone to hear everyone else is the key and adapting your playing to help accomplish this goal is always in the mix.
Forum: General Discussion 09-22-2012, 01:10 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 6,461
Posted By DPTrainor
Re: Thought's on double kick

I suppose double petals are fine, if not over played. I played a double petal in the 80s for about 10 years, until I came to realize I really didn't need it for the styles of music I was playing. ...
Forum: Drums 09-19-2012, 04:59 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 894
Posted By DPTrainor
Re: The Kopf Cajon

I have not had the opportunity to play the Kopf Cajon, but I have heard nothing but good things about them. Wish I could find one in local store to play. Currently I am playing an LP Americana...
Forum: General Discussion 09-17-2012, 01:18 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,174
Posted By DPTrainor
Re: The First Kit You Got

When I was 8 years old - 1965 Sears Roebuck drum set. Loved it. And my dad for working extra hours to buy it for me.
Forum: General Discussion 09-15-2012, 05:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,540
Posted By DPTrainor
Re: Right time to use a Cajon?

Sounds good. Many quality brands/model and some crap ones. I happen to play this one:


Have good results. It has a decent bass thump...
Forum: General Discussion 09-15-2012, 04:33 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,540
Posted By DPTrainor
Re: Right time to use a Cajon?

I have been using Cajon as drum set replacement with a acoustic guitar trio in small bar venue. Guitars are miced and go through mixer and PA, as does the Cajon. I stick a bass mic inside hole in...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-14-2012, 11:51 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,694
Posted By DPTrainor
Re: practicing rhythms while walking

Yeah, I have always done this while walking, sitting, tapping on thighs, tapping feet. Walking is good.
Forum: General Discussion 09-14-2012, 11:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,425
Posted By DPTrainor

With due respect, I think you are engaging in "all or nothing" thinking and "magnification". Your feet are not completely awful, you have not tried everything, you have improved, and you will...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-06-2012, 01:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,411
Posted By DPTrainor
Re: Double pedal help

I suggest starting slow. 40bpm or lower. Single Alternating strokes, slowing increasing tempo over time. Place this into your practice routine. Be Patient, it will come. Then go onto doubles, ...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-05-2012, 10:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,321
Posted By DPTrainor
Re: 16th Note Triplet Accent Patterns

Mixing singles and doubles together, to work around the set. I would recommend "Stick Control" by George Stone, if you have not already.
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