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Forum: General Discussion Today, 07:02 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 328
Posted By bigd
Re: On teaching

Mikel,

Bo is correct the boy is in college. He plays because that's what is in him. It's in every breath he takes. It's more then a love of playing. It's who he is. He is 1,000,000 times...
Forum: General Discussion Today, 02:19 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 328
Posted By bigd
Re: On teaching

Bo,

I understand what you're saying. People want education in general to be "fun and exciting" I see that every day as a public school elementary teacher.

I also have a son in a major music...
Forum: General Discussion 04-17-2015, 02:20 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,045
Posted By bigd
Re: Can you read sheet music?

The Air Force didn't teach Gadd to read music. He's got a Bachelor's degree in percussion from a famous conservatory with the most historic percussion department in the history of percussion. He...
Forum: General Discussion 03-30-2015, 04:29 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 960
Posted By bigd
Re: Is Ringo a good drummer?

Ringo was good enough to make millions from drumming so I vote yes he is.
Forum: General Discussion 03-29-2015, 07:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 656
Posted By bigd
Re: What if you unwittingly stole someones gig?

They hired you not the other way around. I don't see a problem. It's up to the person running the group doing the hiring to explain to the guy why he doesn't fit anymore.
Forum: General Discussion 03-25-2015, 10:27 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 878
Posted By bigd
Re: Being offered a position you don't really want, but could be an experience?

I'll just add this. My son is in a music conservatory. One thing they are taught and preached at constantly, don't say NO when offered a playing opportunity. If you are able to do it, look at it...
Forum: General Discussion 03-21-2015, 04:54 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 951
Posted By bigd
Re: Is hard to make a living out of jazz? Are there any jobs out there?

Kamak, What are you talking about? You actually can make a full time living as an orchestral player. There aren't as many major symphonies as there once were but there are people playing full time...
Forum: General Discussion 03-20-2015, 02:57 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 951
Posted By bigd
Re: Is hard to make a living out of jazz? Are there any jobs out there?

The only place jazz seems to be alive is in college campus music schools. If you want to make money in jazz get good enough to teach jazz at a college.. That seems to be the only way to make a full...
Forum: General Discussion 03-15-2015, 11:25 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 975
Posted By bigd
Re: German grip, which German?

If you ever get a chance to look at the book "the history of Timpani" give it a look. There are drawings of how they carried timpani drums into war mounted on the side of horses.
Forum: General Discussion 03-15-2015, 10:45 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 975
Posted By bigd
Re: German grip, which German?

They are names of timpani grips. Any serious timpanist uses a combination of several grips depending on the sound that is required. Much like what most drumset players do.
Forum: General Discussion 03-07-2015, 01:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 224
Posted By bigd
Re: Military Band

The lower level bands they send you to a music school they run and help you out. The top level groups are all manned with music school graduates. Most with Doctorate degrees from major...
Forum: General Discussion 03-01-2015, 01:03 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,885
Posted By bigd
Re: Is live music dead?

DWI laws have had a huge impact on all types of bar scenes here. Not the smoking ban. The local cops set up directly accross from the bar that used to have live music every weekend in our little...
Forum: General Discussion 02-23-2015, 11:06 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,369
Posted By bigd
Re: My drum teacher failed me.

I think this really helps boil this topic down a lot. There are many different ideas of who qualifies as a qualified drum instructor. Many people would gladly pay for the services Mr. Johnston or a...
Forum: General Discussion 02-23-2015, 12:50 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,369
Posted By bigd
Re: My drum teacher failed me.

Boomstick, You did deserve better for your money. Technique is important. Without it you can't express what you want. Gadd, Weckl, Aranoff, Erskine, Viinnie all schooled players. Three of this...
Forum: Drum Technique 02-22-2015, 03:57 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 957
Posted By bigd
Re: What will it take for me to be able to do this?

Toddbishop, Chopbusters by Ron Fink GREAT BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not that many people know that one. I picked it up in the very late 80's. My son has also used it. Just a fun cool book.
Forum: General Discussion 02-21-2015, 08:32 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,369
Posted By bigd
Re: My drum teacher failed me.

The problem with the internet is that you don't actually have access to the most knowledgable teachers. All the truly great teachers are still in their offices. People seek them out and go to them...
Forum: General Discussion 02-09-2015, 10:46 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,999
Posted By bigd
Re: Past a point, are teachers necesssary?

How do you know? Have you been part of a conservatory program like in the setting of this movie.

I haven't seen the movie but my son is a student at the school DMACC is referring to.

The...
Forum: General Discussion 01-29-2015, 01:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 432
Posted By bigd
Re: John H. Beck: The Snare that Auditioned 1,618 Students

My son just visited that room with the Professor. He still teaches a history of percussion class to the students at Eastman and brings them to his storage room at the end of the semester. He said...
Forum: General Discussion 01-14-2015, 01:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 588
Posted By bigd
Re: Playing for Teacher

It's kind of natural to feel nervous at least a little at lessons. Music lessons are one of the few times in life when you pay someone to point out the things you're doing wrong so you can correct...
Forum: General Discussion 12-27-2014, 06:27 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 4,955
Posted By bigd
Re: Carmine Appice Lobbies For Led Zeppelin Drum Spot

Carmine is a businessman. He's just trying to bring some free publicity to himself.
Forum: General Discussion 12-21-2014, 01:31 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,954
Posted By bigd
Re: Another *&^%$# Bar Owner

Find a barn or warehouse with room and electricity. Charge for the band. I,ve heard a hundred times how al and Joe Bouchard of blue oyster cult did this as kids. Every Saturday night there was a...
Forum: General Discussion 12-09-2014, 01:29 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,548
Posted By bigd
Re: How to handle this situation

Squad Leader has a great idea. See if you can get the others in the group to reform without him.
Forum: General Discussion 12-04-2014, 03:47 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 671
Posted By bigd
Re: Hand Care

aquafore (the stuff for babies butts) with a small amount of cortizone creme mixed in will eliminate it. Got this remedy from the doctors office. It works very,very well to eliminate the dry...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-30-2014, 01:00 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,858
Posted By bigd
Re: Confusion on rolls - open or closed?

John sorry I didnt see your video. Was commenting on the post before yours. Read this sitting next to my son who is in one of the top conservatory percussion studios. He's been through roll work...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-29-2014, 03:57 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,858
Posted By bigd
Re: Confusion on rolls - open or closed?

More reasons to never take playing advice from message boards. Wow!!!!!!!
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