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Forum: General Discussion Today, 07:30 PM
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Posted By JohnW
Re: The "Jimi Hendrix of drums"

Mitch Mitchell? ;-)

If it were a 60's rock drummer, I'd guess Keith Moon because he was so free, powerful and unique.

Or it could be Tony Williams because I read an interview where he said he...
Forum: Drum Technique 12-16-2014, 09:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 177
Posted By JohnW
Re: Practicing the chaal

Sometimes just hearing another music tradition can open up another avenue to play in. So just listen to as many types of music as possible. But at some point, really focus on one. It doesn't...
Forum: Drummers 12-12-2014, 04:26 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,533
Posted By JohnW
Re: Thoughts On Phil Collins??

Phil's Career in photographic history:
Forum: General Discussion 12-06-2014, 05:25 PM
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Views: 4,916
Posted By JohnW
Re: Are you a drum person or a cymbal person

Just to pile on. Wow. I've heard of him (and Matt Nolan) but to watch him go through the process is amazing. I know, OSHA would not be happy that he's not wearing safety goggles. :) But it's like...
Forum: General Discussion 12-02-2014, 06:57 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 773
Posted By JohnW
Re: Most important lessons for beginners

Yes, absolutely. Whatever it is that sparked the fire to get you to want to play should drive you. It has to have that balance.
Forum: General Discussion 12-02-2014, 06:35 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 773
Posted By JohnW
Re: Most important lessons for beginners

I don't think a "beginner" has to worry about order of importance. If a sincere, driven beginner joins forces with a good teacher, all they have to do is surrender their ego and open up to whatever...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-29-2014, 06:22 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,201
Posted By JohnW
Re: Confusion on rolls - open or closed?

If you're commenting on my video, apologies as the sticks aren't pitch paired. But that is how we play buzz rolls in the pipe band world and they've worked for me in competition settings and the...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-29-2014, 06:54 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,201
Posted By JohnW
Re: Confusion on rolls - open or closed?

We have a different concept of what a buzz roll is. I just threw this together, so forgive the sloppiness:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=og7NWO-HFlg&feature=youtu.be
Forum: Drum Technique 11-29-2014, 12:28 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,201
Posted By JohnW
Re: Confusion on rolls - open or closed?

While we're beating a dead horse, here are a couple of things to add to the confusion. (And I don't want to flame contention, I just want to highlight some of the fascinating history of these...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-26-2014, 04:07 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,201
Posted By JohnW
Re: Confusion on rolls - open or closed?

A horror show involving search and rescue, cannibalism, lawsuits...

It has an old school connotation from the days when buzz rolls weren't common. So from now on I'll use 'slow to fast to slow'.
Forum: Drum Technique 11-26-2014, 01:05 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,201
Posted By JohnW
Re: Confusion on rolls - open or closed?

They can be done with any rudiment. You usually hear it with the long roll, though. Some schools of thought play breakdowns just "Open - Close" or slow to fast. As soon as you get to top speed you...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-26-2014, 12:18 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,201
Posted By JohnW
Re: Confusion on rolls - open or closed?

You're right, Todd. If someone says, "play a closed roll", I assume they mean play a buzzed or multiple bounce roll. The exception I hear is in the context of a breakdown.

Now in the Pipe Band...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-25-2014, 10:18 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,201
Posted By JohnW
Re: Confusion on rolls - open or closed?

The only qualification I'd make to the word "closed" is when performing a traditional rudimental breakdown. If you play a rudiment played slow to fast to slow, you'll also hear it referred to as...
Forum: General Discussion 11-17-2014, 12:08 AM
Replies: 253
Views: 6,214
Posted By JohnW
Re: Possibly my first serious thread. Sexism.

In the world of Bagpipes and Pipe Bands, there have been numerous changes.

Centuries ago, if a woman were caught playing the Great Highland Bagpipes, she would have had her hands cut off. To be...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-15-2014, 06:51 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 454
Posted By JohnW
Re: Resources for non-traditional snare technique

Ionization by Varèse:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9mg4KHqRPw

John Cage:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwYh8bOiJ20

Pierre Schaeffer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuALNiUspjs

Oh yes,...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-15-2014, 02:16 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 454
Posted By JohnW
Re: Resources for non-traditional snare technique

Florian Alexandru Zorn's Brush Secrets is one. JoJo Mayer has some videos about how to get effect sounds on the snare. Mel Brown has some YouTube videos where he demonstrates Philly Joe Jone's...
Forum: General Discussion 11-14-2014, 08:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 699
Posted By JohnW
Re: Explanation of Rock & Roll...

This should be government issue for any drummer about to go to blues jam night. Or any drummer period.
Forum: General Discussion 11-12-2014, 09:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 268
Posted By JohnW
Re: Elvin Jones's "Puttin' It Together" Available in MP3 Format

Absolutely. It really was the "gateway" album for me and I actually heard it before any Coltrane quartet stuff. It blew me away how-I can't find the right words-how perfectly integrated, balanced,...
Forum: General Discussion 11-05-2014, 10:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 387
Posted By JohnW
Re: "Drummer" A Minimal Drum Machine for iPhone

You had me at "Free", Scott!

I just downloaded it and took all of 10 seconds to get something going on it. Very fun little app!

BTW, I know this is the wrong thread for this, but I always...
Forum: General Discussion 11-04-2014, 10:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 800
Posted By JohnW
Re: Minor "Stick Control" Revision

Yes I do, Andrew! It covers so many useful combinations of sticking and those that it misses can easily be "coded" to make up for anything missing. But I might have ordered a few things...
Forum: General Discussion 11-04-2014, 06:33 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,284
Posted By JohnW
Re: Drum store being sued

Her audiologist tried to present evidence of ringing in her ears, but the defendant's lawyer objected, calling it hearsay. The judge said, "objection sustained."

I'll be hear all week.
Forum: Drum Technique 11-03-2014, 05:29 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 865
Posted By JohnW
Re: Fitting in the Diddles

Here's an exercise that I came up with. It's based on a simple 4 bar phrase of accented triplets in 4/4. You could also count it as eighth notes in 12/8. The goal is to maintain a steady pulse...
Forum: Drummers 11-02-2014, 08:43 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 334
Posted By JohnW
Re: Nick Barker

Monster player. But it led me to this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iet33fqk9OE
Forum: Drum Technique 11-01-2014, 04:49 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 865
Posted By JohnW
Re: Fitting in the Diddles

Listen to the sound.

It's been my experience with diddles that people rush them. That is, they don't give each note its full value. In the case where you're doubling up on a hand, even though...
Forum: General Discussion 10-30-2014, 10:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,275
Posted By JohnW
Re: The Drummer's Journal

I'm a little late to the party, but just stumbled across this. I've only looked at issue #1 but it's and interesting read. Oh yeah, and it's free:

http://www.thedrummersjournal.com/
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