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Forum: Drum Technique 08-25-2014, 06:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 373
Posted By cornelius
Re: Jazz ride pattern - looking for good advanced technique videos on YouTube

Steve smith has a great way to embrace the triplet feel under quarter notes in his "History of the US Beat" DVD.

Just remember - Ride cymbal: Walk the-dog, walk the-dog, walk the-dog, walk...
Forum: Drum Technique 08-22-2014, 03:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 560
Posted By cornelius
Re: Do you use moeller for back beats?

Dave is right!!
I definitely use Moeller with backbeats. It's a very natural motion, so you might want to address your grip, if the motion isn't feeling right. It looks like you're grip is thumb...
Forum: Drums 08-15-2014, 02:19 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,018
Posted By cornelius
Re: Looking for help choosing a pro level drum kit

If you're doing the jazz thing - go for the DW Jazz series. Sounds obvious, but they're versatile drums. You could save some $ by just going with a 4 or 5 piece kit - probably all you'll need.
Forum: General Discussion 08-14-2014, 04:43 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,099
Posted By cornelius
Re: Did Bill Bruford stop practicing for a while?

I met Bill a few years before he retired - he's a real gentleman - very smart and definitely witty !
Forum: Drum Technique 08-11-2014, 10:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 562
Posted By cornelius
Re: Tips for learning 7/8 time?

I always thought this was a good approach - a little less math...

Forum: Drum Technique 08-09-2014, 03:51 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,043
Posted By cornelius
Re: My sense of time and accuracy sucks. How to practice?


Those transitions are tough... One thing I do is what Billy Ward teaches in his first DVD - keep time with other parts of your body. You can tap your hihat foot as eighth notes or upbeats ,...
Forum: Drum Technique 08-04-2014, 11:53 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 983
Posted By cornelius
Re: Very loose/flexible wrists - a must have?

I'm not into the dead-surface thing, but that's the first description of playing on pillows, that kinda makes sense to me... It's true, you have to do what Joe Morello would say as "accept the...
Forum: Drum Technique 08-04-2014, 01:18 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 960
Posted By cornelius
Re: Doubles with Cross Stick

do you mean like this?

@ 3:20:
Forum: General Discussion 07-29-2014, 09:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 303
Posted By cornelius
Re: Memory Lane - Music Row

I moved to NYC in '86, so I caught the tail end of Music Row... In the beginning of that time, I was going to school downtown, so friends and I would make occasional trips to mid-town to check out...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-29-2014, 06:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 413
Posted By cornelius
Re: Bass Drum Playing Help?

Start with heel down, and let the beater come off of the head... Playing on or off the head both have their places in music, but to really get strength and coordination in your feet, work on heel...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-26-2014, 12:09 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,409
Posted By cornelius
Re: Open handed technique

I don't think of open handed playing as a way to sound different, or new - it's just an ergonomic way of getting to the same place. IMO it only makes sense to play open handed if you really don't...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-16-2014, 08:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 982
Posted By cornelius
Re: The 4 Real Rudiments - Control Stroke, Upstroke, Taps, and Rebounds

John is great - I've had his Rudimental Reference Book for years. The beginning of the book starts with really simple accent exercises that are the building blocks to playing pretty much anything -...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-15-2014, 07:27 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,406
Posted By cornelius
Re: Recording Compared to Playing Live

It does take some practice to get those rim shots every time. It's not the only way to play a backbeat, but because rim shots alter the character of the snare drum's sound, it's a nice contrast to...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-14-2014, 07:37 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,406
Posted By cornelius
Re: Recording Compared to Playing Live

Dynamics are super important - that's great that you're taking stock in your playing and really listening for improvement. Question for you - are your back beats played as rim shots? I could hear...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-07-2014, 11:49 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 14,795
Posted By cornelius
Re: Natural Talent or a Learned Skill??

I've seen students who might learn something slowly - but when they get it, they never forget it - can't always say the same for the ones who learn something quickly...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-07-2014, 10:56 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 14,795
Posted By cornelius
Re: Natural Talent or a Learned Skill??

The definition of talent has nothing to do with how long it takes to develop a skill.
Forum: Drum Technique 07-03-2014, 06:51 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,256
Posted By cornelius
Re: Licking my wounds from sitting in tonight

First off, if you were asked to sit in, then that's a great start.

IMO, a lot of players are very Left Brain with their practice regiment. Rudiments are great, and we all have to work on pure...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-28-2014, 01:37 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,518
Posted By cornelius
Re: Couple of questions on how best to practice for speed

Simple formula: Control + Endurance = Speed.

In order to raise your max tempo - you need to play a well-sustained slower tempo, first...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-12-2014, 03:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 702
Posted By cornelius
Re: Blazing Double Stroke Roll Licks #1

That was probably me... But if you hear a burnin' jazz playing - that would not be me... :-) That's Matsu, who is a monster player.

Pretty happening little drum corner in our bldg. You're...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-11-2014, 08:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 702
Posted By cornelius
Re: Blazing Double Stroke Roll Licks #1

Ha! I think I've mentioned this over at Cymbalholic, but you're in the Music Bldg, right? I think my studio is underneath yours - I've heard you playing the hell out of this lick!!
Forum: Drum Technique 06-07-2014, 04:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 873
Posted By cornelius
Re: Using less hat

Listen to early Peter Gabriel albums - he's a drummer but he had his drummers play without cymbals most of the time. There are lots of cool ways to play a groove. Leon Parker doesn't use a hihat -...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-06-2014, 05:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 783
Posted By cornelius
Re: Bass pedal control

That's cool that you want to work on your feet. My approach is to practice heel down and let the beater come off of the head. This will strengthen your ankles, and increase control. The cool thing...
Forum: Drums 06-05-2014, 11:20 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 727
Posted By cornelius
Re: In need of a shallow bass drum, what's out there?

Depending on the gig, I wouldn't go any shallower than 12"... 12x20s sound great.
Forum: Drums 06-05-2014, 06:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 939
Posted By cornelius
Re: Ludwig Black Beauty B-Stock

Very nice drum. It's true that many of the B-Stock flaws are cosmetic - but sometimes there can be a small dent in the shell - often where the throw-off is mounted. Just double check that area, or...
Forum: Drum Technique 05-29-2014, 03:46 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 861
Posted By cornelius
Re: Stick Grip Issue

I agree with Bill Ray - The exaggerated rebound of a pad will allow you to gain good rebound technique. Drums and cymbals have different rebound qualities, so eventually you'll have to put time in...
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