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Forum: Drum Technique Yesterday, 01:32 AM
Replies: 12
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Posted By jeffwj
Re: The 4 Real Rudiments - Control Stroke, Upstroke, Taps, and Rebounds

Yes, similar to closing the fingers to catch a ball, but not to the point of squeezing. You'll get the hang of it.

Jeff
Forum: Drum Technique Yesterday, 12:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 611
Posted By jeffwj
Re: The 4 Real Rudiments - Control Stroke, Upstroke, Taps, and Rebounds

For the downstroke, my back fingers draw a bit closer to the stick as I am throwing it down. It's as if I am lightly catching a ball - without squeezing.

Jeff
Forum: Drum Technique 07-28-2014, 02:57 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 611
Posted By jeffwj
Re: The 4 Real Rudiments - Control Stroke, Upstroke, Taps, and Rebounds

I don't squeeze in the fulcrum to stop the stick from rebounding. Squeezing for accents is found more in the Adler method.

I do bring my fingers in closer to the stick, however I don't choke...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-28-2014, 12:56 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 611
Posted By jeffwj
Re: The 4 Real Rudiments - Control Stroke, Upstroke, Taps, and Rebounds

The downstroke (or control stroke) should start the same way as a full stroke.

The full stroke utilizes the wrist as the main hinge. The fingers follow the stick, acting as "shock absorbers." ...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-27-2014, 04:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 611
Posted By jeffwj
Re: The 4 Real Rudiments - Control Stroke, Upstroke, Taps, and Rebounds

John Wooton is both an amazing player and educator. He does a great job with not only this video, but the entire Vic Firth rudiment series. I often have my students check out his videos. I also...
Forum: General Discussion 06-21-2014, 05:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 445
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Starting to teach.

Welcome to the forum!

Please don't take this the wrong way, but if you substitute the word "drumming" for any other topic you may see a bit of a dilemma. For example, what if someone said to you:...
Forum: General Discussion 06-06-2014, 02:33 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,422
Posted By jeffwj
Re: songs with leading toms

Come Together by the Beatles. Most people would know that - or at least know the Aerosmith version.

Jeff

Jeff W. Johnson
Forum: Drum Technique 05-31-2014, 05:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 770
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Jazz: Forms & Listening the soloist

If you learn the harmonies (chord changes), you should be able to keep your place in the music. The soloists are improvising over those changes.

Now's the Time is a 12 bar blues. It's...
Forum: Drum Technique 05-31-2014, 04:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 770
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Jazz: Forms & Listening the soloist

Have you ever played piano? Even having a rudimentary knowledge of piano will help you with hearing the chord changes and keeping your place within the form.

Jeff
Forum: General Discussion 05-28-2014, 03:51 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 380
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Percussive Arts Society

I am a member of PAS and write method book reviews for their journal, Percussive Notes. If you haven't been a member in a while, you may not know about the ePAS membership. It allows you to get the...
Forum: General Discussion 05-27-2014, 05:45 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,014
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Tabs Vs. Traditional Notation

Also, if you buy a drumming magazine or look at any drum book, it will be in musical notation - not tab. Take a look at the transcription part of this site.
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Forum: General Discussion 05-27-2014, 04:27 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,014
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Tabs Vs. Traditional Notation

Drum tabs originated from the lack of access to musical notation software. So to write something out on computer, they would write symbols such as -,x,+, and o. Tab is really not necessary today,...
Forum: General Discussion 05-25-2014, 06:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 425
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Xylophone pieces

If I may ask for the sake of clarity - Are you:

1. looking for music that is public domain or music that people have written themselves and (of their own accord) posted for public use?

2....
Forum: General Discussion 04-14-2014, 04:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 419
Posted By jeffwj
Re: drummers boot camp

Try this:

http://thecollective.edu/560/Full_Time_Certificate_Programs

Jeff
Forum: Drum Technique 04-07-2014, 04:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 738
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Tips on drumming and inspiration please.

I find that sometimes it is a wish vs action scenario. Some people may wish to lose weight, but the actions of exercise and healthy eating equals the results. If someone wishes to get better at an...
Forum: General Discussion 02-19-2014, 12:42 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 898
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Acoustic Treatment

I noticed that Mike Johnston, Pat Petrillo, and yourself have the acoustic foam on the bottom portion of the wall. I really like the way it looks with the bottom third being foam and the top...
Forum: Drum Technique 02-15-2014, 02:27 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,062
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Teachers, do you force Crossed hands on beginners?

Mine was about half of retail price or less. I bought it used on craigslist. Of course, I bought both vehicles and my RV used too. I guess I like a deal.

If you think of lessons as a monetary...
Forum: Drum Technique 02-13-2014, 08:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 422
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Whaley Intermediate Snare Drummer - stick heights?

Stick height and velocity are relative to the situation. For example, if I am performing with a brass quintet plus percussion or a jazz trio, the interpretation of forte would be much different than...
Forum: Drum Technique 02-13-2014, 08:02 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,062
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Teachers, do you force Crossed hands on beginners?

Again, you are the voice of reason! As Todd said, why learn things two different ways when we have access to remote hi-hats. Especially for a beginning student, it can be challenging for them...
Forum: General Discussion 02-07-2014, 10:12 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 422
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Day of Percussion

Forgive the "thread bump' - But I just wanted to give a friendly reminder that the VA/DC event is tomorrow. Hope to see some of you there.

Jeff
Forum: General Discussion 02-01-2014, 05:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 422
Posted By jeffwj
Day of Percussion

Just checking to see if anyone is going to the Virginia/DC Day of Percussion on Feb. 8th or the Maryland/Dlelware Day of Percussion on March 2nd. I should be able to stop by. Here is a link for...
Forum: General Discussion 01-22-2014, 05:18 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,287
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Advice on becoming a teacher

Todd has some excellent advice, as always!

I don't think you gave us much information about your background. A few questions:


Do you read music - rhythmic and/or melodic notation?


How...
Forum: Drum Technique 01-21-2014, 11:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 630
Posted By jeffwj
Re: DVD For Learning Jazz Drumming (Suggestions)?

Try Ralph Peterson's DVD. Here is a link and an excerpt.

Amazon...
Forum: Drum Technique 01-19-2014, 04:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 465
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Unisons

You would probably like Accent on Accents - Books 1 and 2 by Dahlgren and Fine. Lots of material similar to your examples.

Jeff
Forum: General Discussion 01-18-2014, 08:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 688
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Intermediate Marimba Music

Here you go - this should help.

http://www.marimbalevels.com/performance-level-system/

Jeff
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