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Forum: Drum Technique 09-16-2014, 08:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 663
Posted By mainframe_wa
Re: Syncopation, Dawson methods, Goal tempos?

I took from Alan for a couple of years around 1980. I don't ever remember him discussing tempo with respect to the Ted Reed exercises. He was concerned about tempo for the stick control exercises,...
Forum: Drum Technique 01-28-2014, 07:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 877
Posted By mainframe_wa
Re: A Funky Primer, Section 1 problem

Master section 1 is mentioned on page 5. To me that means being able to play each sticking proficiently at a comfortable tempo in a relaxed manner.

Playing the figures at 120 bpm is mentioned...
Forum: Drum Technique 12-28-2013, 08:56 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,993
Posted By mainframe_wa
Re: Alan Dawson further advice?


I don't remember Alan being a cyclist, which is funny because I used to ride a bike to my lesson. For the first year I'd take the bus from Harvard Square to the end of the bus line at...
Forum: Drum Technique 12-25-2013, 12:20 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,993
Posted By mainframe_wa
Re: Alan Dawson further advice?

I agree with much of what JohnW said. I had the opportunity to study with Alan for around 2 years back in 80/81. Typically in my lessons, we would cover 4 different areas of playing involving both...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-18-2013, 08:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,090
Posted By mainframe_wa
Re: Getting comfortable with Ostinatos?

Here is an exercise I remember doing along time ago (before the 25 year drum break) I believe suggested by Gary Chaffee during a lesson:

Take the samba foot ostinato for example. 1 . . a 2 .. a 3...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-18-2013, 08:08 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,052
Posted By mainframe_wa
Re: Do you record yourself daily when practicing?

I record the L and R out from my "wife and neighbor friendly" TD-20 into a Roland R05. Works like a champ and helps me know when I sound like a chump.

Forum: Drums 10-15-2013, 01:19 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 806
Posted By mainframe_wa
Re: New Kit Ideas?

Me too! (stellar contribution to the forum, I know)
Forum: Drums 09-27-2013, 10:05 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,002
Posted By mainframe_wa
Re: Possibly looking for.....

I like the veneer idea. The color of your drums almost looks more like walnut. Here's an example of a veneer that is PSA backed (adhesive backed). You could probably find something that isn't 8...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-16-2013, 08:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,272
Posted By mainframe_wa
Re: drum fill books

Essential Drum Fills by Peter Erskine might be something you would like. Both triplet and eigth note based fills are illustrated along with a play along CD.

Definetely worth a look.

Forum: Drum Technique 06-19-2013, 05:52 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,339
Posted By mainframe_wa
Re: My drum teacher is stressing me!

How long are your lessons? Is is possible that that your teacher creates the lessons for each student without a one size fits all program and because of the lesson length (1/2 hour for example) ...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-05-2013, 10:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,302
Posted By mainframe_wa
Re: Ways of Practicing Improvisation/Solos

In another drumming life (away for 25 years, now back) in my lessons with Alan Dawson, he used to have students take a standard (I used to use something out of the Real Book) and sing the medody. ...
Forum: Drum Technique 02-01-2013, 09:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 895
Posted By mainframe_wa
Re: Online Teacher needed for Traditional Grip

How about Bill Bachman? http://www.billbachman.net/
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