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Forum: Drum Technique 06-10-2015, 04:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 654
Posted By jeffwj
Re: how to teach a toddler?

I usually start students at age 6 or 7. I have started 5 year old students (depending upon their attention span).

Of course if the student is not ready to start lessons, I want to offer a...
Forum: General Discussion 05-21-2015, 07:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,372
Posted By jeffwj
Re: What do you think of my new website!

Really nice site. I have built a DYI site and know how it can be. The only thing that I noticed is that some of the websites/emails are not set up as clickable links. For example, the website for...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-30-2015, 05:49 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 906
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Learning drums

I would suggest finding the best drum teacher in your area and signing up for lessons. A credible drum teacher will guide you through the basics and introduce you to styles, not just bands. I try...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-20-2015, 06:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,853
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Help I need some good drum tab sites !

To add to Todd's point, music is a language. If someone doesn't know the language, wouldn't it be better to learn it correctly before thinking about shortcuts? Just think of the language we use for...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-05-2015, 05:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 752
Posted By jeffwj
Re: The level system?

Thank you for ordering my book. I hope you find it to be valuable while working on your technique. If you have any questions about the concepts or exercises, please feel free to contact me - either...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-01-2015, 02:59 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 752
Posted By jeffwj
Re: The level system?

Regarding the full stroke, here again is an except from my book:

"Many drummers throw the stick down and stop the rebound. This requires them to pick up the stick before making another hit. ...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-01-2015, 02:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 752
Posted By jeffwj
Re: The level system?

Since I wrote a book entitled The Level System (http://www.johnsondrum.com/store), you can safely assume that I believe in the system. As a teacher, I would never mock or ridicule any technique. It...
Forum: General Discussion 02-22-2015, 08:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 451
Posted By jeffwj
Re: OT: Clark Terry Dead, Age 94

I just watched Keep on Keeping On (http://www.amazon.com/Keep-Keepin-DVD-Clark-Terry/dp/B00P1WGC6I), a documentary about Clark Terry. It was amazing to see how music kept him going. As he was in...
Forum: General Discussion 02-22-2015, 07:48 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 403
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Backing Tracks

I did a search on this site. Some of the links were old, but here are some that work.

From Drummerworld post
http://www.drummerworld.com/forums/showpost.php?p=31667&postcount=43

From Vic...
Forum: Drum Technique 02-16-2015, 02:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 390
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Techear recommendation in Los Angeles

Here is someone in LA who also studied with Morello.

https://starrdrum.wordpress.com/2011/03/14/schooled-by-joe-morello/

Jeff
Forum: General Discussion 02-07-2015, 09:24 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,702
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Do you own (or want to own) both acoustic and electric kits?

As I said, I own a set of V-drums and use them quite a bit for late night practicing. So what I am about to say is simply an observation - not anything against electronics.

I do understand that...
Forum: General Discussion 02-06-2015, 09:41 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,702
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Do you own (or want to own) both acoustic and electric kits?

I have both - actually I have 3 acoustic kits and a set of Td-9 V-drums. While the electronic kits cannot match or replicate the feel of acoustic, they do offer some benefits. I can practice late...
Forum: General Discussion 01-29-2015, 05:18 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 10,322
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Is it OK to talk about the movie "Whiplash" yet?

There's an idea for Whiplash the sequel.

Jeff
Forum: General Discussion 01-25-2015, 09:43 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,556
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Big Band drum thread.

Great thread idea! I assume that we do introductions first before talking about the specifics of big band drumming.

I am a former member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra (you can see pics on my...
Forum: Drum Technique 01-25-2015, 03:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 647
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Marching Corp Basics

Try Marching Percussion 101 from the Vic Firth site. 40pg. PDF with accompanying videos.

http://www.vicfirth.com/education/percussion101-marching.php

Jeff
Forum: Drum Technique 01-09-2015, 05:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 686
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Sight Reading help please

I think we may need a bit more information. Such as:

1. Are you auditioning to get into a college or university? If so, you can expect sight-reading to be more than just rock beats.

2. If...
Forum: Drum Technique 01-08-2015, 06:21 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 682
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Nice Finale Notepad Tutorial for Drums.

Thanks! I've written handouts, two drum books, and a few articles - all using Finale. The video you posted was the first time I ever heard of using "L" to change the stem direction! I was always...
Forum: General Discussion 01-07-2015, 07:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 745
Posted By jeffwj
Re: How do you play Jazz tom toms

Don't forget Hawaiian War Chant. See which version you like better.

http://youtu.be/yAIxoGpSDZI?t=1m15s

or

http://youtu.be/aTU7nahUw20?t=28s

Jeff
Forum: General Discussion 01-07-2015, 07:34 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,115
Posted By jeffwj
Re: BPM recall ability

Here is a list of songs used for tempo reference (similar to Bermuda's).

https://www.bostonconservatory.edu/percdb/tempo-reference


Jeff
Forum: Drum Technique 01-04-2015, 11:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 947
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Netflix as an educational resource

You can also try your public library. Our library here has a few instructional DVDs.

Jeff
Forum: General Discussion 12-05-2014, 06:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 717
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Question for cruise ship drummers about practice on board

You mentioned asking the people in your band. Are you booked as a band or as a showband musician?

If you are booked as a band, your equipment will usually be in one of the lounges. The lounges...
Forum: Drum Technique 12-03-2014, 07:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 951
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Metronome

Great idea. You learn something new every day.

Jeff
Forum: Drum Technique 12-01-2014, 06:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 811
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Question about early beginner progression.

I agree with the suggestions about drum lessons. You seem to be lacking direction, which is understandable since the instrument is new to you. It would only help to find a qualified professional to...
Forum: General Discussion 11-16-2014, 07:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 659
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Anyone going to PASIC?

I'm looking forward to seeing your clinic. Yes, hopefully we will get a chance to meet in person this week.

Jeff
Forum: General Discussion 11-16-2014, 06:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 659
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Anyone going to PASIC?

Sounds like a very good cause. I'll stop by the booth and say hello.

Jeff
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