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Forum: Drum Technique 07-27-2014, 07:06 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 984
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Open handed technique

I won't speak for Bill, but to me it's significant that he was already a professional player, working a very creatively-limiting gig.



It's an amateur's idea of creativity. If we're talking...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-26-2014, 06:24 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 984
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Open handed technique

He was also a proponent of practicing 8-12 hours a day-- at least that's the kind of schedule his students had to adopt to get through the stuff he was having them do. If you aren't putting in that...
Forum: General Discussion 07-14-2014, 03:09 PM
Replies: 1,377
Views: 380,404
Posted By toddbishop
Re: THE CLASSIFIEDS - For Sale / Wanted

I have to pay for some Sonor Phonics I just bought, some I have to part with some drums and cymbals I really don't want to. I have these items for sale:

90's, Keller-shell Slingerland bop set ...
Forum: General Discussion 06-30-2014, 05:54 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 750
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Former Modern Drummer Managing Editor Scott K Fish Says Hello

Hey, Scott, welcome! Thanks for all your great work at MD-- what you all did there was an incredible contribution to the literature of drumming. Can't wait to dive into your blog, and I will be...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-26-2014, 12:35 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 868
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Upside Down Samba. Say What Now?

What a weird response. I was making a factual point about something you said. I guess your knowledge of samba must be completely tapped out if you have to go directly to the personal attacks like...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-25-2014, 02:04 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 868
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Upside Down Samba. Say What Now?

I don't know what that means.
Forum: Drum Technique 06-24-2014, 04:41 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 868
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Upside Down Samba. Say What Now?

I figured that's what he meant-- it's just a funny way of phrasing it. Samba is not limited to music played by a bateria, and they've been using drumsets to play it for more than half of the history...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-24-2014, 05:35 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 868
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Upside Down Samba. Say What Now?

Hmmm, so what Airto, Dom Um Romao, or Milton Banana, do/did on the drum set going back 50-60 years is imitation samba?
Forum: General Discussion 06-18-2014, 05:42 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,290
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Seriously? This can't be real.

$89.95, baby. If you buy two, the second set is $49.95. That's only if you're really into saving money, though.

I wrote this up in a little more, ah, depth, on the blog-- should be good for a...
Forum: General Discussion 06-17-2014, 04:09 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,290
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Seriously? This can't be real.

Hey, science proves you should buy this product. From their website (http://www.drummuff.com):

http://www.drummuff.com/images/index.1.jpg

There, science! And this is NOT some fly-by-night...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-13-2014, 05:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 787
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Help with Black Page #1 (eleven-tuplets)

Alain sent me his version, which evidently is Zappa's original manuscript, and was from Joe Porcaro and Ralph Humphrey's library. Which is pretty cool! The lick is exactly the same; the only...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-13-2014, 05:21 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 9,220
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Playing behind/ahead of the beat?

I'm not concerned about correctnessó I was thinking the purpose of a shortcut like this is to take advantage of an existing skill; which, for most people (I hope!), flamming late is not. This seems...
Forum: General Discussion 06-12-2014, 04:10 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,514
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Discouragement for Chops I Don't Have

A few things:
-- You do need to have a certain amount of facility, if only to have confidence in your own playing. And because you're a serious drummer, and you should be interested in improving...
Forum: General Discussion 06-11-2014, 06:19 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 761
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Anticipations, etc.

Right, don't listen to Jack Dejohnette to learn about pop drumming-- I'm not sure why you bring him up. But if you get out your James Taylor records, and listen to them, you can find out how the...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-11-2014, 05:59 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 9,220
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Playing behind/ahead of the beat?

Hmm, that's a little strange-- normally, no part of a flam should be landing late: the main note is right on the written rhythm, and the grace note lands ahead of it. So if I'm understanding you...
Forum: General Discussion 06-11-2014, 05:46 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 761
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Anticipations, etc.

Probably you need to listen more? It's all right there on the recordings. Or get out and see some people play live, and see what they do. Getting your information that way is better than just being...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-09-2014, 04:57 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,069
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Making Drums Quieter

Go ahead and muffle the drums-- at least the bass drum. It may betray the quality of the instrument, but so does playing ridiculously quietly, so you might as well get a sound you don't have to...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-09-2014, 04:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 496
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Marching rudiments?

It depends on who you're playing with, and who is doing the writing, but certainly open rolls and drags based on a 16th note rhythm, especially 5s, 6s, tap 7s, and 9s; and paradiddles, double...
Forum: General Discussion 06-03-2014, 04:17 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 736
Posted By toddbishop
Re: If given the opportunity would you....

I try to enjoy all gigs, so, yeah... but I would feel extra-cool if I got to play with Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakam, Merle Haggard, or Kris Kristofferson. Emmylou Harris, too.
Forum: General Discussion 06-03-2014, 03:59 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,216
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Pros vs. Average Joe's

I don't assume any level of success to consider someone to be a professional; they could be an unemployed, or underemployed pro-- I know a lot of those. They don't become amateurs or "semi-pro" just...
Forum: General Discussion 06-01-2014, 04:36 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,473
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Only 1 week to go!! (+announcement)

Let's see how much time I have to get this mahfaha done, with the time difference...

...OK, here we are (http://youtu.be/MYm8LG1Veqk), for good or ill...
Forum: Drum Technique 05-29-2014, 04:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 378
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Edu Ribeiro solo

Great work! What a great drummer. I really need to figure out what's up with that Brazilian right hand thing-- I've gotten OK at it, but... jeez...
Forum: General Discussion 05-29-2014, 04:00 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 696
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Need help translating from guitarist to drummer

I wouldn't have put the emphasis on that part of my comment. I thought I was suggesting he try to give the guy what he was asking for. I don't think he was sounding him for a band meeting on the...
Forum: General Discussion 05-28-2014, 10:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 696
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Need help translating from guitarist to drummer

It sound like he wants more energy from you, doesn't it? So play bigger, project more energy, and, selectively, play more stuff. Rock more. It's pretty straightforward.

And he's not a drummer, so...
Forum: Drum Technique 05-28-2014, 09:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 787
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Help with Black Page #1 (eleven-tuplets)

If Zappa's original manuscript (assuming you're right about that) is different from the main version, I'd like to see that-- can you share it?
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