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Forum: Drum Technique Today, 12:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 322
Posted By JohnW
Re: Grip problem?

I cannot recommend your taking lessons highly enough. Lightening up on your hands is all well and good, but there may be other factors plaguing you as well. And even if you don't perceive any...
Forum: Drum Technique Yesterday, 04:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 322
Posted By JohnW
Re: Grip problem?

This sounds like a job for Bill Bachman. You should contact him for at least one Skype lesson. From my perspective: in the top picture, it appears that you're squeezing too hard. If I understand...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-25-2014, 08:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 345
Posted By JohnW
Re: Drumming and writing music.

I agree with Nour Ayasso. But before you start hashing out how things are structured on a theoretical level, do it on a commonsense way; treat it as a language. You're trying to have a conversation...
Forum: General Discussion 07-25-2014, 05:05 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,223
Posted By JohnW
Re: Contrats To Bermuda!

Wow. I just heard "Foil", "Lame Claim to Fame", "Tacky" and now this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Gv0H-vPoDc

Pretty much the most entertaining music video collection I've seen all year. ...
Forum: General Discussion 07-20-2014, 11:39 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 24,907
Posted By JohnW
Re: Is Dennis Chambers ill?

Sending prayers and good healing vibes to Dennis for a full and speedy recovery.
Forum: General Discussion 07-18-2014, 04:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 484
Posted By JohnW
Re: Elvin Jones Interview from 1968

Thanks for posting that! It just reaffirms what I love so much about Elvin.
Forum: Drummers 07-04-2014, 12:13 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,050
Posted By JohnW
Re: Danny Seraphine

That was a cool documentary. I'm going to watch the concert footage later. I've seen a few selections of that 1970 Tanglewood show as well as a full show by The Who there. Both bands were on fire-...
Forum: Drummers 07-03-2014, 08:11 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,050
Posted By JohnW
Re: Danny Seraphine

panop- It would be great to see that documentary if you get the chance.

Bo Eder- I was going to get his book Street Player but by the time I finished talking to a few people while we were there,...
Forum: Drummers 07-01-2014, 06:50 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,050
Posted By JohnW
Re: Danny Seraphine

I got the OK to post this. It probably would have been OK anyway, since other people were taping it as well. But it was such a casual setting, I just wanted to make sure:
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Forum: Drummers 07-01-2014, 04:36 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,050
Posted By JohnW
Re: Danny Seraphine

Regarding Slingerland, not a real lot. Just his early memories of the company. This is just from what I can remember- Basically growing up in Chicago and with his first idol being Gene Krupa,...
Forum: Drummers 07-01-2014, 05:32 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,050
Posted By JohnW
Danny Seraphine

I found a thread for him last dated 2009, so let's start fresh.

Tonight, my son and I went to the Drum Shop North Shore in Beverly, MA for a clinic with Danny Seraphine. He played great, along...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-30-2014, 11:11 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,237
Posted By JohnW
Re: Couple of questions on how best to practice for speed

I just quoted a sampling of your post and have to say after watching your video; the proof is in the pudding! You have an excellent, fluid approach and move at a pretty fast clip without much...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-30-2014, 04:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 399
Posted By JohnW
Re: Notation

This is a variation of a field corping exercise I came up with last year. It was mostly to help me but occasionally one or two bits ends up as part of an "official" drum corp exercise.

Note: It's...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-27-2014, 05:42 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,237
Posted By JohnW
Re: Couple of questions on how best to practice for speed

Quote from mandrew: "For control, play slow. Painfully slow. Play stick control exersizes at 40-60 bpm. strive for accuracy, slowly increase, not looking for speed, but accuracy and steadiness....
Forum: Drum Technique 06-27-2014, 01:15 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,237
Posted By JohnW
Re: Couple of questions on how best to practice for speed

To the OP's first point, "play relatively slowly for lengthy periods of time (5mins to 30mins) with perfect technique.", I agree with your analogy of "doing marathon training when your aim is to...
Forum: General Discussion 06-25-2014, 12:18 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 316
Posted By JohnW
Re: Odd time, non-waltz jazz ballads

Not necessarily ballads:

One of my favorites from Smack Up a favorite album by Art Pepper, "Las Cuevas de Mario". I had the album for years before getting it on CD. I think Todd Bishop had...
Forum: General Discussion 06-21-2014, 11:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 676
Posted By JohnW
Re: Surprise Of A Lifetime

*Sniff*. A little dusty in here.
Forum: Drum Technique 06-20-2014, 03:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 857
Posted By JohnW
Re: Mindless practice

I like how he's killin' it, you get right up in his face and he just smiles!
Forum: Drum Technique 05-22-2014, 06:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 564
Posted By JohnW
Re: Flams, Double Strokes and Swiss Army Triplets

Very cool!
(I guess I have to have a minimum of 20 characters, so here goes).
Forum: Drum Technique 05-15-2014, 09:34 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,294
Posted By JohnW
Re: Triple Stroke Roll - The Gateway Rudiment?

Excellent stuff, as well as your exercise sheet.

To the OP: You're looking to use Triple Stroke Rolls to help with Flam Taps. They will help in a number of areas of rudimental development,...
Forum: General Discussion 05-08-2014, 12:08 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 699
Posted By JohnW
Re: Who was your first drum clinician?

Now that I think about it, I've only been to 2 in-store drum set clinics. The first was Billy Cobham at LaSalle's music in Watertown Square (MA) in 1985. He handed out copies of a hand written solo...
Forum: Drummers 05-06-2014, 09:56 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 414
Posted By JohnW
Papa Jo Jones Story

I stumbled upon this yesterday. The language is a little salty:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ww4wkKgdeKI
Forum: Drum Technique 05-05-2014, 10:41 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 951
Posted By JohnW
Re: Diddling and Flamming

Thanks, Jaakima- although I can't claim any of these ideas as original. For instance, Bill Bachman has some well developed thoughts on the "fast technique slow" concept. I've seen other players do...
Forum: Drum Technique 05-03-2014, 04:03 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 951
Posted By JohnW
Re: Diddling and Flamming

Even though he wasn't familiar with it, I bet the 6 Stroke roll development would be very helpful. The shift in the singles (to me) make it an even easier pattern to play than the Paradiddle-Diddle....
Forum: Drum Technique 05-02-2014, 02:17 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 951
Posted By JohnW
Re: Diddling and Flamming

Transitional speeds are always the challenge. Once you get over the hump and into a new tempo range, you're basically just supplying energy and building stamina. A few ideas I try to incorporate...
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