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Forum: Drum Technique 11-18-2014, 12:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 734
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: 32nd notes in a 16th note fill - singles or doubles?

I would like to see/hear a video of a rock/metal guy playing a fill at 110 BPM, throwing 32nd note doubles on the toms and not have the volume not drop off compared to the 16ths.

The only way...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-13-2014, 12:15 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 734
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: 32nd notes in a 16th note fill - singles or doubles?

Definitely true, but rock drummers use singles on toms. That was my point. Even in a fill that incorporates double strokes, those doubles tend to be on a snare in a rock context.

In a gospel,...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-11-2014, 12:24 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 734
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: 32nd notes in a 16th note fill - singles or doubles?

I'm with Wave on this one. In a rock context I'm never playing doubles on the toms. It just drops the volume and attack too much.
Forum: Drum Technique 11-09-2014, 11:58 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,166
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: Being dragged out of the 60's

By the way:

"Smooth Criminal" by Alien Ant Farm is in itself a cover of the Michael Jackson original.

So you are covering the white boy version of the song. Funny.

What's this I'm hearing...
Forum: General Discussion 10-29-2014, 02:02 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,082
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: Lovers of metal drumming ...

The guy's heel-toe technique is spot on. Flows very smoothly. Really gives the impression of ease when compared to singles. Not as powerful acoustically, of course, but very impressive.
Forum: General Discussion 10-27-2014, 12:56 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,532
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: 420 musicians onstage

Actually, that's one of the more popular origin myths.

http://www.laweekly.com/informer/2013/04/19/mythbusting-420-its-one-true-origin-and-a-whole-lot-of-false-ones

"The true birth of 420...
Forum: General Discussion 10-25-2014, 04:16 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,218
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: Drum store being sued

I hear you, I would assume any audiologist could shoot this nonsense down in moments.

Just hope the judge is not a guitarist...
Forum: Drum Technique 10-25-2014, 03:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 683
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: Good exercises to do away from the kit and pad?

Warning: Crazy abstract concepts coming up.

I spent a few years walking in polyrhythmic time. I would walk at a certain rate and set a pulse with my feet. I would then play any odd tuplet with my...
Forum: General Discussion 10-25-2014, 12:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 490
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: Visualizing rhythm ... absolutely brilliant

I enjoyed how the author was able to relate such apparently disparate musical styles through their rhythmic take on the stressed/unstressed two beats.

A sign of an idea being correct is how it...
Forum: General Discussion 10-24-2014, 01:49 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,082
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: Lovers of metal drumming ...

That's how you do it.
Forum: General Discussion 10-18-2014, 06:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 871
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, 07:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 735
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, 10:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 735
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, 03:06 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 474
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, 12:59 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 4,904
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, 12:52 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 4,904
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, 10:34 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,588
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Forum: General Discussion 09-30-2014, 12:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 647
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, 02:31 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 4,904
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, 02:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 668
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, 12:52 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 830
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, 01:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 737
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, 03:41 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 4,904
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, 03:38 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 4,904
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, 02:14 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 4,904
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.
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