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Forum: General Discussion 03-16-2015, 03:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 429
Posted By BillBachman
Re: American Revolution: Everything Was Bad if the Drummers Were

I also see no reason for the snare drum to be associated with slavery. They've been used in war just about as far back as written history goes, if I remember correctly the earliest historical...
Forum: General Discussion 03-16-2015, 02:54 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 845
Posted By BillBachman
Re: German grip, which German?

I've been told that the grip names come from fencing styles (French and German that is). As for "American" grip, I think we just planted our flag on that one.
Forum: Drum Technique 03-13-2015, 08:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 463
Posted By BillBachman
Re: Bill's site

Thanks for the kind words guys!

My lessons over skype are totally separate from drumworkout.com.

I use paypal because it's simple, works and most people are really familiar with it.

Forum: Drum Technique 03-10-2015, 05:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 455
Posted By BillBachman
Re: Rim shots- how to practice precision?

Hitting consistent rimshots can be a challenge, a quieter rimshots even more so since there’s less inertia to push the head down & “bottom out” just right to the rim. Aside from snare drum height and...
Forum: General Discussion 03-07-2015, 01:59 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,224
Posted By BillBachman
Re: I Need to Get Re-Motivted

I think the best thing to do is buy a book that makes you play outside of your comfort zone. I find that I can get bored playing "like me," if I then have to play something unlike what I'm used to...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-01-2015, 03:14 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,056
Posted By BillBachman
Re: Can't seem to play fast

A quick thought Tank, German grip is the worst place to be for finger control. Most things when played fast require ever increasing amounts of finger control. I'd ditch German grip, learn French and...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-01-2015, 03:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 588
Posted By BillBachman
Re: The level system?

Unless you're playing intentionally tight & weird on certain notes in order to manipulate radically different velocities of strokes from the same stick height (and nobody does this), the only way to...
Forum: General Discussion 03-01-2015, 02:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 577
Posted By BillBachman

Beyond the monitor/stage volume considerations, here's something to think about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0Up2SnDZk8
Forum: Drum Technique 02-28-2015, 11:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 859
Posted By BillBachman
Re: To gap, or not to gap? Fulcrum stuff...

Ha! Good ones. :) Thanks guys.
Forum: Drum Technique 02-26-2015, 01:53 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 859
Posted By BillBachman
To gap, or not to gap? Fulcrum stuff...

Hey guys, I thought you might dig this video out through Vic Firth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQvNd8DMWxY
Forum: General Discussion 02-23-2015, 05:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 524
Posted By BillBachman
Re: No rudiments taught in marching band?

This varies from program to program to program, state to state etc. We're all generally told that we should know all of the rudiments, but how many really do?

There are way faster & more...
Forum: General Discussion 02-09-2015, 04:24 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,901
Posted By BillBachman
Re: Past a point, are teachers necesssary?

It sounds like you just need a different teacher. I make my students all too aware of their weaknesses and give them specific targeted things to work on to attack the problem. Why else would they...
Forum: Drum Technique 02-03-2015, 09:40 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 456
Posted By BillBachman
My lesson on "Playing big, not hard"

Hey guys, here's another www.drumworkout.com lesson brought to you with some help from Vic Firth. Here I show you how the free stroke and "Moeller whip & flop" techniques can add musicality, flow and...
Forum: Drum Technique 01-30-2015, 04:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 787
Posted By BillBachman
Re: Here's a great way to boost your weaker hand:

Great, I'm glad you guys are digging it! Feel free to spread the word. :)
Forum: General Discussion 01-29-2015, 08:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 405
Posted By BillBachman
Re: John H. Beck: The Snare that Auditioned 1,618 Students

John is a wonderful man, very warm and open hearted. We played a duet together at a KoSA camp a few years back and I really enjoyed it, I felt like he was my Grandpa! I can't say enough good things...
Forum: Drum Technique 01-28-2015, 06:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 787
Posted By BillBachman
Here's a great way to boost your weaker hand:

Developing French grip with the weaker hand! The main difference between people's strong and weak hand is almost always a matter of finger control, so developing French grip (which is the best grip...
Forum: General Discussion 01-21-2015, 04:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 516
Posted By BillBachman
Re: do i need a hi hat mic?

I always have a hi hat mic when I record since people generally expect a hi hat track when I send it off to them. However, I basically never use it in my own mixes--overheads pick it up just fine.
Forum: Drums 01-20-2015, 12:45 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,889
Posted By BillBachman
Re: NAMM 2015 - what do you expect to see?

Amen!! Wooden tubes... You just gotta` know how to tune them.
Forum: Drum Technique 01-17-2015, 03:06 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,695
Posted By BillBachman
Re: Independence vs learning set patterns

Back to the original question, yes you got it with your summation. Once you've mastered enough coordinated bits then you can switch between them at will in order to seem independent.

Food for...
Forum: General Discussion 01-15-2015, 06:37 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,175
Posted By BillBachman
Re: HELP, permanent beastmode

Volume is a matter of the force put into the drums. Force is mass X velocity squared, so velocity is the way bigger factor. Faster strokes (in terms of stick speed) can easily produce more sound (and...
Forum: Drum Technique 01-15-2015, 06:30 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 947
Posted By BillBachman
Re: New Breed for a relative beginner?

It can work for you, but depending on your personality type there may be better options. When I look at New Breed I see 25 years worth of work where it's hard to tangibly measure progress.
Forum: General Discussion 01-08-2015, 02:00 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 6,702
Posted By BillBachman
Re: Meytal Cohen? She plays, right?

I second checking out Emmanuelle Caplette, she's the real deal. And Anika Nilles too!
Forum: Drum Technique 01-08-2015, 01:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,188
Posted By BillBachman
Re: How to build up weaker hand?

Amen to learning French grip on the weaker hand! (That's step 7 on my Extreme Hands Makeover on drumworkout.com.) Even if you never directly use it, it does wonders for developing the fulcrum/finger...
Forum: General Discussion 12-15-2014, 07:17 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,368
Posted By BillBachman

Genesis: Abacab
Rush: Moving Pictures
Living Colour: Vivid

There are of course many more, but these stick out as I was into them at such a young & impressionable age. Especially the Genesis...
Forum: Drum Technique 12-15-2014, 07:12 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,051
Posted By BillBachman
Re: Moeller Technique ?

This may be of some help, here's my take on it from site with some Vic Firth love:

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