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Forum: General Discussion 02-25-2015, 09:55 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 696
Posted By eddypierce
Re: Going to jams and getting my ass musically kicked is a good thing.

Well, you're in good company--Tony superimposes 4/4 over most of the tune on the classic Miles Smiles version (he starts in three, but eventually goes into a fast four, so that Ron Carter's bass line...
Forum: Drum Technique 02-25-2015, 09:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 293
Posted By eddypierce
Re: The Marcus Williams Fill

It's a seven note phrase, and I would recommend starting off practicing it in 8th notes or 16th notes in 4/4, and hearing how it lays across the bar lines. If you can hear the phrase while keeping...
Forum: Drum Technique 02-17-2015, 08:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 460
Posted By eddypierce
Re: Crossing hands on fills

I second Todd's recommendation of Cusatis's book for working on crossovers (although even though I've gone through his Rhythmic Patterns book, I didn't do it in enough depth to really become...
Forum: General Discussion 02-09-2015, 10:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 688
Posted By eddypierce
Re: Alan Dawson: How Do You Sound? vs How Do You Look?

I got the chance to see Grohl play on my own drum set on one tune (he was sitting in with my band in a tiny club; it was literally the Foo Fighters' first club gig, and they had opened for my...
Forum: Drum Technique 01-14-2015, 01:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,109
Posted By eddypierce
Re: 16th notes on single kick pedal

A good exercise that I got from one of Joe Morello's videos is this: play one bar of quarters, followed by one bar of 8ths, then one bar of 8th note triplets, and then one bar of 16ths. Keep...
Forum: Drum Technique 01-09-2015, 10:04 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,726
Posted By eddypierce
Re: When have you truly 'mastered' a given BPM?

There are so many things that can be practiced and mastered with drumming, but there is no way anyone can master everything; there are simply not enough hours in the day. So prioritization of...
Forum: Drum Technique 01-08-2015, 02:35 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,087
Posted By eddypierce
Re: How to build up weaker hand?

Here are a few ideas:

1. Practice these variations on the first three pages of Stick Control (both of these come from Joe Morello):

a. Play each exercise once, then play 4 bars of 8th notes...
Forum: Drummers 12-24-2014, 09:55 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 494
Posted By eddypierce
Nick Ceroli

I've been listening to some stuff with Nick Ceroli on drums lately, and just wanted to share. I think he's an incredibly underrated drummer. Check these out:

With the Bob Florence Big band (1982):...
Forum: Drum Technique 12-23-2014, 10:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 875
Posted By eddypierce
Re: Hip-Hop feel

In a lot of hip hot grooves, the 16th notes are very swung, so I would recommend practicing any sort of funk grooves with swing 16th notes. One thing you could do is to practice the single beat...
Forum: Drum Technique 12-14-2014, 09:15 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 487
Posted By eddypierce
Re: Refining / Finishing a groove?

Here's my suggestion for the best way to fix this: try practicing the groove with a metronome at a very slow tempo (say, quarter equals between 50 and 60 bpm, or maybe even as slow as 40). Repeat it...
Forum: Drum Technique 12-11-2014, 10:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,583
Posted By eddypierce
Re: Independence vs learning set patterns

The short answer to this is (in my opinion) "yes."
Forum: General Discussion 12-03-2014, 09:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 820
Posted By eddypierce
Re: Joe Morello on Buddy Rich Part 3

Max Roach never had hand technique chops at the level of Buddy, Louie, or Morello. That's all Morello was saying. I know from other interviews I've read by Morello that he had a very high regard for...
Forum: General Discussion 11-12-2014, 06:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 363
Posted By eddypierce
Re: Elvin Jones's "Puttin' It Together" Available in MP3 Format

Thanks for the heads up. This album (and the drumming on it) is about as bad as it gets. A few years ago I sprung for the Mosaic box of Elvin's complete Blue Note recordings (which includes the...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-04-2014, 02:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,022
Posted By eddypierce
Re: problems with tremolos on xhylaphone

I'm not a mallet player by any means (although I studied them in college), but it sounds like you just need to woodshed your single stroke rolls in general (since most mallet rolls are done with...
Forum: Drum Technique 10-27-2014, 07:53 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 949
Posted By eddypierce
Re: Simple beat??? Not so much!!

If I understand you correctly, you're talking about something similar to what Raymond Pounds plays for a few measures (at about the 1:30 mark) here (although he's playing 16ths on the hi-hat, not...
Forum: General Discussion 10-27-2014, 07:15 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,580
Posted By eddypierce
Re: Hearing the upbeat as the downbeat

I have this problem on occasion, and it can be embarrassing (although I don't think it's necessarily my fault, if it's a tune I'm not familiar with) to not know where "one" is. Do you at least know...
Forum: Drum Technique 10-24-2014, 12:39 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 790
Posted By eddypierce
Re: Benny Greb Language of Drumming - DVD or No DVD??

I have the book, but haven't seen the DVD, so I can't really answer your question; but I want to say (in case you had any doubt) that you definitely don't need the DVD in order to learn from the...
Forum: Drum Technique 10-22-2014, 07:13 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 12,738
Posted By eddypierce
Re: how to use Stick Control

Are you sure you're not thinking of the preface to Stone's Accents and Rebounds? He states there that it's an advanced book, and should only be used after the drummer had practiced out of Stick...
Forum: Drum Technique 10-09-2014, 08:52 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,486
Posted By eddypierce
Re: Making the most out of limited practice time

I tend to agree with these sentiments. There are so many things to work on with drumming (technique, tone, reading, timekeeping, phrasing, etc.), and Stick Control only covers a bit of this, but I'm...
Forum: Drum Technique 10-04-2014, 01:59 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,045
Posted By eddypierce
Re: Strangely hard, easy sticking pattern

I have two suggestions, one of which you already touched upon, which is to practice slowly. I don't know how slowly you've been practicing it, but I would suggest you practice it REALLY slowly, like...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-25-2014, 05:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 509
Posted By eddypierce
Re: Edison Machado samba ideas

Thanks for this. What a smoking drummer. Incredibly fast hands, and a great and unique feel. A bit of trivia: I met a fellow a few years ago who had known Machado personally, and he told me that his...
Forum: General Discussion 09-11-2014, 07:48 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,110
Posted By eddypierce
Re: The Speed Obsession

Al Jackson, Jr.:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBPbvDBlj_k

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jh6qxos8v7o

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9cRvg1jaBk
Forum: Drum Technique 09-09-2014, 07:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 753
Posted By eddypierce
Re: Hi Hat Technique

Joe Morello discusses this technique in his second Hot Licks video. I think he also did an MD article back in the 1990's that gave some exercises for it.
Forum: Drum Technique 09-02-2014, 08:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 777
Posted By eddypierce
Re: Q: Practice trading 4 and 12 bars blue

Elvin trading 4's on a 12 bar blues (with a full solo chorus at the end): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGg_fnwc6S8

Here's Max soloing on a 12 bar blues--the first two chorus are a 4-8 trade,...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-02-2014, 06:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 777
Posted By eddypierce
Re: Q: Practice trading 4 and 12 bars blue

Usually when trading fours with a band on a 12 bar blues, you don't do anything differently than you would on a 32 bar song form: play 4 bars of time, 4 bars of solo, then another 4 bars of time. On...
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