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Forum: General Discussion Today, 04:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 188
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Difficulty with hitting figures at high tempos

The skill part of it isn't very mysterious, you just have to keep doing it. In terms of actually playing music, you don't have to make every single thing on the page. Most of your job is to listen...
Forum: General Discussion 08-10-2018, 02:50 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 685,862
Posted By toddbishop
Re: THE CLASSIFIEDS - For Sale / Wanted

I have a few cymbals for sale:

20" Paiste 602 Heavy - blue label
20" Sabian Jack Dejohnette Signature Ride - original
20" A. Zildjian Medium-Heavy Ride - 60s
20" Paiste 602 C1 suspended/ride -...
Forum: Drums 08-02-2018, 09:08 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,312
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Struggling with Renowns

Just get rid of them. I don't have any experience with the Renowns, but the other cheap Gretsches I've had to play have sucked. They can sound OK cranked, but anything sounds OK cranked. The shells...
Forum: General Discussion 08-02-2018, 05:38 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 771
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Advice on kickstarting a drumming career

I don't know how you "kick start" a career, other than to get a job-- contact an agent and get a cruise ship gig or SE Asia hotel gig or whatever they will book you for. Usually though it's something...
Forum: General Discussion 07-30-2018, 08:35 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 867
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Drum/music Terminology: Downbeat

The down beat is the 1, the up beat is the last beat of the measure-- they come from conducting patterns.

I also sometimes use downbeat/s to refer to notes that are on the beat, and upbeats to...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-26-2018, 09:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 303
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Software for drum transcriptions

I use Finale-- and Transcribe for doing the actual transcribing.
Forum: Drummers 07-26-2018, 08:20 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 835
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Charlie Watts ,does he Swing.??,or doesn 't so well..!?.

I don't listen to him, and I don't suggest people copy his way of playing. But he's fine, he's employing some players, and his heart is in the right place.
Forum: General Discussion 07-19-2018, 03:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 613
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Lincoln Center Jazz Drummer job vacancy

It's about 15% Marsalisian bullshit, otherwise it's just normal very high standards.
Forum: General Discussion 07-16-2018, 03:41 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,505
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Practice-related quotes

One more from John Cage (http://www.cruiseshipdrummer.com/2016/09/john-cages-10-rules-for-students-and.html):
Forum: General Discussion 07-16-2018, 03:22 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,505
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Practice-related quotes

Here are a couple of things from the painter Robert Henri (http://www.cruiseshipdrummer.com/2017/06/more-robert-henri-on-technique.html), writing >100 years ago:






This one...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-12-2018, 02:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 346
Posted By toddbishop
Re: NARD Snare Book - Interpretation Help

In my crappy Richard Sakal-edited version of the book, on that piece they're all marked as 7s except at the end of the first line. But they're just repeating what was played at the beginning, where...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-11-2018, 09:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 380
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Jazz Drum Tuning

Usually you just crank them and go-- medium high to very high on both sides. It's very easy to get a satisfactory bop tuning. Those guys tune their top heads a little lower-- at least in that video....
Forum: General Discussion 07-11-2018, 04:54 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,190
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Passing On Experience

Always bring everything. When they say they have drums, they don't have drums (http://www.cruiseshipdrummer.com/2017/07/when-they-say-they-have-drums.html).
Forum: Drum Technique 07-08-2018, 09:33 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 910
Posted By toddbishop
Re: unusual notation

I do all my funk stuff (https://duckduckgo.com/?q=cut+time+funk+site%3Awww.cruiseshipdrummer.com&kt=Helvetica&kj=%233f3f3f&kn=1&k7=%23fafafa&kx=b&ka=h&ky=%23fafafa&ia=web) with Reed in 2/2. Helps...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-08-2018, 03:30 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 910
Posted By toddbishop
Re: unusual notation

It's just a visual aid so you don't miss the repeats. I've never seen the brackets going in the opposite direction like in the third and fourth lines-- they're just avoiding visual clutter on back to...
Forum: General Discussion 07-06-2018, 05:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 733
Posted By toddbishop
Re: 2018 DCI thoughts

They don't get in the way of anything, because they're inaudible. They leave a big empty spot in the sonic range the snare drums used to occupy. It's like if Maynard Ferguson's band decided to burn...
Forum: General Discussion 06-30-2018, 10:49 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,196
Posted By toddbishop
Re: What is your "inner clock"?

I assume they're also trained to do research, which could conceivably involve consulting with experts?
Forum: General Discussion 06-30-2018, 10:40 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,196
Posted By toddbishop
Re: What is your "inner clock"?

Definitely not externalizing. The opposite actually-- you have to train your limbs follow the rhythm as you've conceptualized it. I don't have a complete theory worked out that I can summarize...
Forum: General Discussion 06-30-2018, 10:05 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,196
Posted By toddbishop
Re: What is your "inner clock"?

Like I said...
;-)

Seriously, I would be interested if they consulted with a serious player and educator-- Peter Erskine, Ed Soph, John Riley, Gary Chaffee-- or spent a couple of decades living...
Forum: General Discussion 06-30-2018, 07:51 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,196
Posted By toddbishop
Re: What is your "inner clock"?

I'm always thinking about time when I play. I did it the other way for many years, where I trusted my ears and my general idea of the tempo. It mostly worked OK, except a lot of people are willing to...
Forum: General Discussion 06-29-2018, 04:51 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,196
Posted By toddbishop
Re: What is your "inner clock"?

It's a metaphor somebody made up. There's no internal thing that automatically keeps musical time for you, or that you can just feel and have things you play on your instrument come out right....
Forum: Drum Technique 06-25-2018, 07:33 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,502
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Check my logic and correct me if necessary.

It makes mathematical sense, but it has nothing to do with how music is actually played. 125% of 4/4? I don't know what to do with that.

The fraction thing is really incidental to the system--...
Forum: Drums 06-24-2018, 09:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 447
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Drum tuning Differences

The 12 would be the same, because the 12 is my main tom tom no matter what else is going on. I might tune the 16 lower along with a 14.
Forum: Drum Technique 06-24-2018, 09:18 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 578
Posted By toddbishop
Re: keeping the rim click steady and consistent in sound

Right, bead resting on the head ~halfway between the center and edge, butt hitting the rim between lugs, heel of the hand resting on the head. That and Bermuda's trick should make it as consistent as...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-22-2018, 10:59 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,234
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Help with French grip technique

That was confusingly worded-- what I meant is that it's not a hard grip. Everybody uses it, and it's easy.
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