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Forum: General Discussion 06-23-2015, 03:18 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 573
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Turning Pro

Here are some things I wrote about this (http://www.cruiseshipdrummer.com/2015/05/what-it-is-being-professional.html) in a blog post. It sounds very categorical the way I've written, but these are...
Forum: General Discussion 06-19-2015, 03:01 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 258
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Ginger Baker: "Philly" Joe Jones said, "Man, You Tell a Story"

Right, I think I'm completely over this guy. I dig that he has a place in history as a rock drummer, and it's great that he influenced a lot of people to play the drums. But him referring to himself...
Forum: General Discussion 06-15-2015, 03:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 470
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Tony Williams's Drumset and the Nub of Great Drummers

That first one is just the name of that particular set up- the 4-piece with concert toms. I don't know what's the story with that cheap concert bass drum they call Renown-- they also did some cheaper...
Forum: General Discussion 06-15-2015, 07:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 470
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Tony Williams's Drumset and the Nub of Great Drummers

What's your source for that? Other than the horrible, imported, Blackhawks, I never heard of Gretsch having more than one line of drums during Tony's lifetime. They were just called "Gretsch drums"....
Forum: Drum Technique 06-12-2015, 05:11 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,524
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Mastering the single stroke roll

It depends entirely on the instrument. You can make a long tone or tremolo playing at a pretty low rate of speed on a large timpani, a concert bass drum, or a cymbal. On a woodblock or xylophone,...
Forum: General Discussion 06-12-2015, 04:59 PM
Replies: 180
Views: 12,217
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Rhythm and melody, two different diciplines?

That's the idea- it's both. The point is not to get hung up on what the words mean, it's just to recognize the melodic quality of everything you play, which makes you a better drummer.

I wrote...
Forum: General Discussion 06-11-2015, 03:24 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 703
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Friends,Please Guide me

I wouldn't be taking exams at any age, so, no. I'd be suspicious of someone oriented around teaching me to perform well on somebody's test, and would probably look for another, more...
Forum: General Discussion 06-11-2015, 03:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 453
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Tempo Training Program?

I don't know of anything like that, but it should be the main thing you're thinking about anytime you practice-- if you do that, it shouldn't take extra, dedicated practice time. I've found it's good...
Forum: General Discussion 06-11-2015, 07:21 AM
Replies: 180
Views: 12,217
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Rhythm and melody, two different diciplines?

The idea that percussion is "pure rhythm" is based on a primitive understanding of music theory, and of percussion. There is no such thing as "pure" rhythm in the real world any more than there are...
Forum: Drums 06-09-2015, 09:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 559
Posted By toddbishop
Re: (why) Are smaller kicks quieter?

Well, playing a drum with a little mallet that can only play 8" off the drum is not going to generate as much sound as a 36" stroke played with a stick.
Forum: Drums 06-09-2015, 03:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 559
Posted By toddbishop
Re: (why) Are smaller kicks quieter?

Reduced air volume and a smaller membrane, I guess? I just play the things. For me it's as much about tone quality as it is about volume-- at low volumes, you get more fundamental, less overtones out...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-09-2015, 12:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 650
Posted By toddbishop
Re: how to teach a toddler?

I'd say set a good example by practicing, playing, and listening to a lot of music, and see if he take an interest when he's old enough to decide for himself.
Forum: Drums 06-08-2015, 07:14 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,199
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Why doesn't anyone make quieter drums?

A few years ago there was just an egregious case where everybody definitely came to hear this guitarist, but our volume was so low that by the third tune everybody was talking. The bass drum is a...
Forum: General Discussion 06-07-2015, 06:55 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 954
Posted By toddbishop
Re: What's Your Signature Fill?

It's not really a fill, it's more of an embellishment-- I do a lot of RLLF or RRLLF, especially before a downbeat-- there's tons of it all over this (http://https://youtu.be/6HLyyND1rGE). I also play...
Forum: Drums 06-07-2015, 07:27 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,199
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Why doesn't anyone make quieter drums?

People having you play an actual conservatory pp-mp 1-3" off the drums all night do not have a realistic concept of how loud even background live music is supposed to be. A room full of people...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-03-2015, 04:43 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 845
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Instructional books....hard copy or eBook??

The economic justification for buying ebooks over books is pretty marginal as far as I'm concerned. Stick Control costs $10, and I'm on my second copy in 35 years of playing. I still use my first...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-02-2015, 03:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 537
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Bass drum technique

It's your technique. You'll have to adjust it to get the beater away from the head after the first note. I would be going for a full rebound, with the beater as far back as it will go without your...
Forum: General Discussion 06-01-2015, 03:20 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 268
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Frankie Dunlop: All The Geniuses are Like That

Another great post, thanks! Is Clark Tuthill any relation to George?
Forum: General Discussion 06-01-2015, 01:25 AM
Replies: 824
Views: 47,663
Posted By toddbishop
Re: What's your latest purchase?

Found a new road cymbal, a 20" Paiste Sound Creation ND Dark Ride, for $200 at Trade Up Music in Portland. Slightly less beastly than either of my two 22" SCDRs, and I'd actually be willing to risk...
Forum: General Discussion 05-31-2015, 01:43 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,023
Posted By toddbishop
Re: How does Gavin do this?

He doesn't seem to be feeling pressured to set up the horn figure, or to register any communication with the band near the end of any of those crazy breaks, so I guess they all have a click going...
Forum: Drum Technique 05-30-2015, 04:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 722
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Can you feel this?

I wouldn't say that-- whatever the results, you found a good process-- as you get more used to playing in that zone, the rough bits will stop happening. So I'd call it a 100% success. There's no need...
Forum: Drum Technique 05-30-2015, 04:02 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 722
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Can you feel this?

That's great, good stuff there. Keep doing that, and go further with it-- that's how you arrive at stuff no one can copy. Much of it sounds really good, with a nice touch, and right in the pocket....
Forum: Drums 05-28-2015, 01:34 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 488
Posted By toddbishop
Re: How to contact Ludwig?

You could try their parent company, Conn Selmer: http://www.conn-selmer.com/en-us/about/customer-service/
Forum: Drum Technique 05-28-2015, 01:28 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,069
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Why bother with books?

That's what people selling computer hardware keep telling me, but increasingly I think they're completely FOS. I think they just want me to spend my money on their products, and not on books. It's...
Forum: Drum Technique 05-25-2015, 05:35 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,069
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Why bother with books?

I don't disagree with that, except you can get by with even less than that in actual playing. But, yeah, you can do virtually everything you need with Syncopation, and usually that's the best way to...
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