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Forum: General Discussion 10-18-2014, 05:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 580
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: Michel Camilo on drummers ....

Every time I watch/listen to Gadd I am blown away by his mastery. His playing is so organic, he makes so many others sound contrived and robotic by comparison. He embodies what Michel was talking...
Forum: Drum Technique 10-16-2014, 06:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 451
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: Something strange is happening

It's hard to describe but try this:

Grab the stick like a hammer, really tightly. Now, wave it around. It feels really light, right?

Now, be as relaxed as possible and barely hold on to the...
Forum: Drum Technique 10-16-2014, 09:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 451
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: Something strange is happening

Without getting too much into specific technique discussions, practicing on a pillow forces your muscles to lift the stick back up. This causes more muscle engagement than required for a free stroke...
Forum: Drum Technique 10-12-2014, 02:06 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 291
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: Working On thomas Lang's Creative Coordination....

Thomas is great and seems to be a great guy as well. But, to tell the truth, his creative coordination book seems highly derivative of Marco Minneman's Extreme Interdependence, which came out years...
Forum: General Discussion 10-07-2014, 11:59 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 4,246
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: Hahahahahahahaha :)

I hear what you're saying. But then again, this was a grown man playing, not a 13 year old kid. We don't have to treat him as a fragile psyche.

I remember Tommy Igoe out and out laughing at my...
Forum: General Discussion 10-06-2014, 11:52 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 4,246
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: Hahahahahahahaha :)

Enough of this nonsense. You go around in that ambidextrous thread of yours as if you are Mike Mangini himself and yet you don't have enough musical maturity or taste to recognize unmitigated garbage...
Forum: General Discussion 10-05-2014, 09:34 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,274
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Forum: General Discussion 09-30-2014, 11:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 401
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: That moment.....when the band are 'on it'....

I played a gig in Buenos Aries a few months ago to the most intense, fun loving crowd of kids that I have ever seen.

They had never heard us but they were chanting "Hey" on 2 and 4 by the second...
Forum: General Discussion 09-27-2014, 01:31 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 4,246
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: Hahahahahahahaha :)

Huh? He did so bad that this video went viral. I've seen it on Break, The Chive and Youtube.

If you don't think this is a perfect example of what not to do, then I'm afraid you have no clue. It is...
Forum: General Discussion 09-27-2014, 01:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 542
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: Bass drops off an ipad??

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Bass%20Drop
Forum: General Discussion 09-26-2014, 11:52 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 737
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: Straight from the horse's mouth.

Tony Williams is also known for saying that he did not use fingers yet his playing also clearly shows finger control in action.

Mike Mangini claims that the finger motion he employs is entirely...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-23-2014, 12:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 621
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: Afraid to sound bad?

Oh man, you definitely should read Effortless Mastery by Kenny Werner. By the time you are done reading it you will realize that every sound you make is the most beautiful thing you've ever heard.
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Forum: General Discussion 09-21-2014, 02:41 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 4,246
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: Hahahahahahahaha :)

I am inclined to agree with you, I stated in my initial post that I couldn't tell if the drummer was a troll or not (Poe's law right there). This singer takes it way beyond where the drummer was to a...
Forum: General Discussion 09-21-2014, 02:38 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 4,246
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: Hahahahahahahaha :)

I have never met a metalhead who would ever even consider playing in a church group. I tend to think this is a gospel chops wannabe.

Either way, it demonstrates a complete lack of musicality.
Forum: General Discussion 09-20-2014, 01:14 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 4,246
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: Hahahahahahahaha :)

Jesus himself couldn't forgive that.

It was so bad I wonder if the guy wasn't trolling the entire church.
Forum: General Discussion 09-14-2014, 03:18 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,149
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: Drummers that can't tune drums.

It's a shame that no practical single tension system has ever been developed for the drums that truly worked. It's just a much more complex system than tensioning a string until a desired pitch is...
Forum: General Discussion 09-14-2014, 02:28 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 3,842
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: Completely out of touch old fart irrelevant opinion - but,

Really? Not to pick on you but that seems like a very closed minded viewpoint to have.

I can't imagine how "bad" is ever better than "good".

As drummers, who play on instruments of...
Forum: General Discussion 09-13-2014, 10:22 AM
Replies: 159
Views: 3,842
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: Completely out of touch old fart irrelevant opinion - but,

Who said I didn't appreciate it? I'd appreciate you not putting words in my mouth.

I dated an agent whose clients were some pretty big pro DJ's in Brooklyn. One guys in particular was making...
Forum: General Discussion 09-12-2014, 09:50 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 3,842
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: Completely out of touch old fart irrelevant opinion - but,

JoJo Mayer said it best when he said that somewhere along the line the drummer lost the lead voice in the development of new rhythms and it went to dj's.

The truth is, those shows have awesome...
Forum: General Discussion 09-11-2014, 09:05 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,100
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: The Speed Obsession

None of the good players that I know are "obsessed" with speed.

They are obsessed with sounding great.

This is not a real issue, there is not a significant percentage of experienced drummers...
Forum: General Discussion 09-09-2014, 12:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 572
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: More amazing Simon - "most farmer's wives in Bulgaria dance in 9/8"!

I googled "Bulgarian farm wife" and this came up:

http://seriousbusinessdaily.blogspot.com/2010/12/bulgarian-farmers-calender-2011-nsfw.html

NSFW but funny.
Forum: Drum Technique 09-08-2014, 11:18 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 979
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: I Play Better When I Donít Practice

That's a legendary quote from the violinist Jascha Heifetz.

"If I don't practice one day, I know it; two days, the critics know it; three days, the public knows it."

I notice that if I...
Forum: General Discussion 09-07-2014, 02:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 638
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: Amazing (old) studio footage - Simon Phillips with The Coors :)

One of my heroes displaying an incredible degree of musicianship.

Whenever anyone brings up the "chops vs groove" argument, I think of my man Simon and smile.

Thanks for this Henri.

BTW,...
Forum: Drum Technique 08-31-2014, 01:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 668
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: Hand Pain

Bill Bachman is the guy you should be going to.

From what I can see it looks like you are squeezing too much up front at the thumb-index fulcrum. Except for finger control and delicate playing...
Forum: General Discussion 08-31-2014, 01:36 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 876
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: Shoes with Elastic Bands: Yes or No?

Lots of metal guys wear Nike Free (black of course)
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