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Forum: Drum Technique 06-06-2015, 09:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 721
Posted By mainframe_wa
Re: Beginner drummer question

If I'm working up something that requires 4 way independence, I have the best luck first working on the independence between 2 limbs. For example, my right hand and my left hand. Once that's...
Forum: General Discussion 06-03-2015, 06:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 365
Posted By mainframe_wa
Re: Grateful Dead Announces ‘Unprecedented’ 80-Disc Box Set

If I ever were to buy my first Greatful Dead recording, this probably wouldn't be it. I did buy a Bobby (BobWier) and the Midnights record once, but only because Billy Cobham played the drums.
Forum: General Discussion 05-18-2015, 05:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 376
Posted By mainframe_wa
Re: Heartbeat

Now here is something I wish was true. Especially after I had the metronome (or pacemaker) installed in my chest. It helps keep my mechanical heart valve grooving at a steady tempo.
Forum: General Discussion 04-03-2015, 12:00 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,087
Posted By mainframe_wa
Re: Acoustic Drums VS Electronic Drum Kits

Typically apartments and acoustic drums sets aren't a match made in heaven. Unfortunately apartments tend to have neighbors. Neighbors don't like drums. Years ago, I remember living in Allston...
Forum: General Discussion 03-06-2015, 06:57 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,005
Posted By mainframe_wa
Re: What was the first concert you went to????

Edgar Winter's White Trash, 1971. Jerry Lacroix also on sax and vocals, Rick Derringer on guitar and Bobby Ramirez on drums (along with others in the band). I was 13.
Forum: General Discussion 02-26-2015, 10:17 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 11,243
Posted By mainframe_wa
Re: Is it OK to talk about the movie "Whiplash" yet?

I've only seen the preview but plan to watch it the next few days. It just became available on directv.

The preview sure brought back memories. When I went to Berklee around 1979 - 1981, I...
Forum: General Discussion 11-19-2014, 01:55 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 433
Posted By mainframe_wa
Re: Wynton Marsalis: When I Joined Art Blakey's Band

I thought he sounded pretty good. :) Wynton, Branford and my Harmony I teacher from Berklee, Bill Pierce were the horn section. They all were great and Art was awesome.

This was probably...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-16-2014, 08:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,601
Posted By mainframe_wa
Re: Syncopation, Dawson methods, Goal tempos?

I took from Alan for a couple of years around 1980. I don't ever remember him discussing tempo with respect to the Ted Reed exercises. He was concerned about tempo for the stick control exercises,...
Forum: Drum Technique 01-28-2014, 07:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,019
Posted By mainframe_wa
Re: A Funky Primer, Section 1 problem

Master section 1 is mentioned on page 5. To me that means being able to play each sticking proficiently at a comfortable tempo in a relaxed manner.

Playing the figures at 120 bpm is mentioned...
Forum: Drum Technique 12-28-2013, 08:56 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,808
Posted By mainframe_wa
Re: Alan Dawson further advice?


I don't remember Alan being a cyclist, which is funny because I used to ride a bike to my lesson. For the first year I'd take the bus from Harvard Square to the end of the bus line at...
Forum: Drum Technique 12-25-2013, 12:20 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,808
Posted By mainframe_wa
Re: Alan Dawson further advice?

I agree with much of what JohnW said. I had the opportunity to study with Alan for around 2 years back in 80/81. Typically in my lessons, we would cover 4 different areas of playing involving both...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-18-2013, 08:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,496
Posted By mainframe_wa
Re: Getting comfortable with Ostinatos?

Here is an exercise I remember doing along time ago (before the 25 year drum break) I believe suggested by Gary Chaffee during a lesson:

Take the samba foot ostinato for example. 1 . . a 2 .. a 3...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-18-2013, 08:08 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,094
Posted By mainframe_wa
Re: Do you record yourself daily when practicing?

I record the L and R out from my "wife and neighbor friendly" TD-20 into a Roland R05. Works like a champ and helps me know when I sound like a chump.

Forum: Drums 10-15-2013, 01:19 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,014
Posted By mainframe_wa
Re: New Kit Ideas?

Me too! (stellar contribution to the forum, I know)
Forum: Drums 09-27-2013, 10:05 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,377
Posted By mainframe_wa
Re: Possibly looking for.....

I like the veneer idea. The color of your drums almost looks more like walnut. Here's an example of a veneer that is PSA backed (adhesive backed). You could probably find something that isn't 8...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-16-2013, 08:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,722
Posted By mainframe_wa
Re: drum fill books

Essential Drum Fills by Peter Erskine might be something you would like. Both triplet and eigth note based fills are illustrated along with a play along CD.

Definetely worth a look.

Forum: Drum Technique 06-19-2013, 05:52 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,310
Posted By mainframe_wa
Re: My drum teacher is stressing me!

How long are your lessons? Is is possible that that your teacher creates the lessons for each student without a one size fits all program and because of the lesson length (1/2 hour for example) ...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-05-2013, 10:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,730
Posted By mainframe_wa
Re: Ways of Practicing Improvisation/Solos

In another drumming life (away for 25 years, now back) in my lessons with Alan Dawson, he used to have students take a standard (I used to use something out of the Real Book) and sing the medody. ...
Forum: Drum Technique 02-01-2013, 09:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,235
Posted By mainframe_wa
Re: Online Teacher needed for Traditional Grip

How about Bill Bachman? http://www.billbachman.net/
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