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Forum: Drum Technique 05-15-2007, 03:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,745
Posted By finnhiggins
Re: Sticks: gripping like Akira and Portnoy

I'd just like to advise people reading the topic not to attempt to grip sticks like Portnoy. He may have many merits, but his hand technique is not one of them - he succeeds very much despite it...
Forum: Drum Technique 05-07-2007, 06:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,456
Posted By finnhiggins
Re: GRR! Tom rims of doom!!!!

The problem is that you're trying to run before you can walk. Assuming that your setup is ergonomically sensible and you *can* do the sequence of drums you're after without having to make...
Forum: Drum Technique 05-07-2007, 03:17 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,792
Posted By finnhiggins
Re: Rim-shots on downbeats

I think you may all mean "backbeats" - that's the opposite of a downbeat. The bass drum usually falls on the downbeat, unless you're talking about inverting the usual groove and playing snare on the...
Forum: Drum Technique 04-28-2007, 07:55 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,441
Posted By finnhiggins
Re: Playing bass drum with hi hats - terribly

This might help:

http://www.drumlessons.co.nz/online-lessons/technique/bass-drum-foot-leg-technique.html
Forum: Drummers 04-18-2007, 09:57 AM
Replies: 369
Views: 72,042
Posted By finnhiggins
Re: Meg White.....wonder drummer??

I've been back occasionally for a while. I'm not posting like I used to, but I do dive in every now and again. Admittedly mostly in the Technique forum, and you don't see me in Drummers much.
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Forum: Drummers 04-17-2007, 11:35 AM
Replies: 369
Views: 72,042
Posted By finnhiggins
Re: Meg White.....wonder drummer??

J, you need to be a bit less touchy. I wrote two rather long paragraphs about Meg White and then a short sly dig and you spent an entire post getting upset about the latter without even addressing...
Forum: Drummers 04-17-2007, 09:39 AM
Replies: 369
Views: 72,042
Posted By finnhiggins
Re: Meg White.....wonder drummer??

I'm scratching my head at this. Why would Meg White care about ergonomics? Her whole playing approach and tone and, indeed, the entire approach of her band is based around a certain retro-primitive...
Forum: Drum Technique 04-06-2007, 09:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,750
Posted By finnhiggins
Re: real drum notation websites

You'd learn and develop more by transcribing the songs yourself.
Forum: Drum Technique 04-04-2007, 09:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,303
Posted By finnhiggins
Re: On DIY exercise design - some thoughts..

Derrick man, you don't have anything to learn from me. Your videos kick my arse, as does your hand technique... Plus my girlfriend thinks you're hilarious!

p.s: Hands off.
Forum: Drum Technique 04-02-2007, 10:31 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,303
Posted By finnhiggins
Re: On DIY exercise design - some thoughts..

Believe me, you don't want to be on the next plane to Wellington. There's not much in the way of entertainment going here, other than going down by the end of the runway on a windy day and watching...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-30-2007, 12:22 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,303
Posted By finnhiggins
On DIY exercise design - some thoughts..

BIG POST AHEAD WARNING!

This started out as a reply to the "Matrix" thread about Thomas Lang's concept on his new DVD. I think it's a badly-designed exercise, and I explained why over in that...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-29-2007, 11:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,268
Posted By finnhiggins
Re: Creativity Problems

I've got some stuff to say about this, which also connects up with some stuff in the Thomas Lang / Matrix thread. So I'm going to start a new thread and post links in both, give me quarter of an...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-29-2007, 10:05 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,135
Posted By finnhiggins
Re: The Matrix question

I'd just like to add a thought to the conversation.

I'm not working on Lang's "Matrix" concept, and I'm deliberately not working on it for a very specific reason.

My reason is that it is a...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-20-2007, 09:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,076
Posted By finnhiggins
Re: BlastBeats- using wrists?

I'm right behind Matt (nice to see you around again, BTW!) and SickRick on this one.

If somebody tries to claim that, y'know, they can just flick off 150bpm 16ths with one hand without even trying...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-12-2007, 02:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,684
Posted By finnhiggins
Re: Jazz Drumming--Where Do I even Start?

If you've got the ride line down, my advice would be:

1) Buy "Syncopation" by Ted Reed.
2) Flip to page 32, the start of the "Syncopation" chapter.
3) Learn to read the exercises, initially just...
Forum: Drummers 01-15-2007, 02:12 AM
Replies: 209
Views: 42,932
Posted By finnhiggins
Re: Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz here!

I've been reading this thread for the last few days in growing amazement, and this last little burst has actually motivated me to log in and post again.

Bermuda - I don't understand why you've...
Forum: Drum Technique 12-24-2006, 09:15 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,870
Posted By finnhiggins
Re: Snare Tilted Forward

I actually tried this in matched grip recently after watching Keith play, and have taken a bit of a shine to it. It seems to make it easier to get to the toms and back, more of a "dropping down"...
Forum: Drums 12-15-2006, 12:42 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 6,189
Posted By finnhiggins
Re: Synthetic Drums vs. Wooden Drums

That doesn't really work. Look at somebody like Vinnie - he quit Yamaha after endorsing them for years so that he could go play Gretsch, who had literally nothing like as much to put on the table...
Forum: Drum Technique 12-14-2006, 10:54 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 8,432
Posted By finnhiggins
Re: fat back exercises

These exercises come from the Chaffee book, and I assume the "back" had something to do with the fact that they're every combination assuming a 2/4 snare backbeat and that you're supposed to make...
Forum: Drum Technique 12-14-2006, 08:08 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 8,432
Posted By finnhiggins
Re: fat back exercises

Time Functioning Patterns by Gary Chaffee.
Forum: Drums 12-12-2006, 12:48 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 6,189
Posted By finnhiggins
Re: Synthetic Drums vs. Wooden Drums

No no, that is what MY site is for. Not only that, it also cures cancer, dispenses excellent investment advice on penny stocks and enhances your manhood! Can you better that?
Forum: Drums 12-11-2006, 11:53 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 6,189
Posted By finnhiggins
Re: Synthetic Drums vs. Wooden Drums

Touche!

But in all fairness, I do have some furniture around the house which has cheaper/ply wood invisibly underneath with a nicer veneer on the top - so I guess I'm cool with that. But on the...
Forum: Drums 12-11-2006, 11:16 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 6,189
Posted By finnhiggins
Re: Synthetic Drums vs. Wooden Drums

The day I start buying plastic furniture is the day I buy plastic drums...
Forum: Drum Technique 12-11-2006, 02:04 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,474
Posted By finnhiggins
Re: Pain!

The main thing with pain is to realise that it's not something that should be happening - so if a part is causing you pain then you need to slow it right down - often as far as 30-40bpm - and just...
Forum: Drum Technique 12-10-2006, 10:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,474
Posted By finnhiggins
Re: Pain!

I have a story about pain, which should hopefully prove educational.

I know a girl from Korea who studied classical piano at Auckland University. She was one of these obsessive practice people -...
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