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Forum: Drum Technique 04-06-2010, 05:41 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,205
Posted By bjparadiddle
Re: Feathering bass drum - question

I teach feathering, and find it a concept I have to go over and over with students. 100 percent feather too hard. It takes a LOT of work to get it under the volume of the cymbal, hi hat, etc. If you...
Forum: Drum Technique 04-06-2010, 05:30 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 18,417
Posted By bjparadiddle
Re: Natural Talent or a Learned Skill??

You guys are kidding yourselves if you think no one is more talented than anyone else, and that being a great drummer is just a matter of work. I've played professionally for forty years, and you'd...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-14-2010, 10:46 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 12,748
Posted By bjparadiddle
Re: Got any jazz drumming tips?

Live the music. Listen to all of it. Know its history. Its luminaries. The jazz has to be you.
Forum: Drum Technique 02-23-2010, 11:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,368
Posted By bjparadiddle
Re: Really Swinging the Band, Making Time Feel Good

You're listening to the right cats. But one thing I've learned, is that you must be able to GROOVE at all tempos. I'm sure you know which tempos, or feels, that are easy for you to execute, as well...
Forum: Drummers 01-07-2010, 10:52 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 19,534
Posted By bjparadiddle
Re: Pick Withers

Well, he's a damn good drummer. I thought Dire Straits went into the toilet when he left the group. The drummers after pick just sound so vanilla. I think Knofler hates drummers.
Forum: Drum Technique 11-11-2009, 09:09 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,771
Posted By bjparadiddle
Re: My compilation of 25 useful rudiments

"I wanted to invent my own rudiments, man." --Roy Haynes
Forum: Drums 10-31-2009, 05:28 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 20,759
Posted By bjparadiddle
Re: Bill Stewart's Snare & Setup

Bill is a terrific drummer. However, it might behoove you guys to quit focusing on his gear and put all that energy into trying to find the key to his greatness, groove, technique. Once Bill was...
Forum: Drum Technique 10-04-2009, 05:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 7,168
Posted By bjparadiddle
Re: Should I learn slide or heel-toe?

I wouldn't mess my mind up thinking about all of that. Heel-toe is great for cruising on 2 and four, while playing jazz. However, if you want to bust in on quarter or eighth notes, you have to get up...
Forum: Drum Technique 10-04-2009, 05:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,041
Posted By bjparadiddle
Re: Drum books

Do whatever it takes. If it gets you there, go for it. However, that is one thing I like about the old Chapin book--he shows how the cymbal beat hooks up. Another great book is Ed Soph's "Musical...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-12-2009, 11:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,111
Posted By bjparadiddle
Re: Revisiting Gene Krupa book...closed rolls

That's a great, old method book. The photos taught me how to hold the sticks, as well as the Moeller technique.
Forum: Drum Technique 09-12-2009, 11:37 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,499
Posted By bjparadiddle
Re: David Garibaldi- What is Hip. Help!

Don't concentrate so much on what David is doing. Work at making all the kicks and keeping a tight groove. I know...that's not easy, either. But David's style is very much "his."
And you'll get...
Forum: Drum Technique 08-24-2009, 07:46 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,138
Posted By bjparadiddle
Re: Practice routine...

Always be working on your weaknesses. If it's slow tempos, play them with a metronome. If it's latin tunes, get with latin tunes.
Forum: Drum Technique 07-26-2009, 02:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,022
Posted By bjparadiddle
Re: Traditional Grip improvement

The best explanation and illlustrations, along with exercises for trad grip is the old "Gene Krupa Drum Method." The Moeller up and down strokes are included, as well.
Forum: Drum Technique 07-24-2009, 06:55 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 11,524
Posted By bjparadiddle
Re: How can i understand Elvin Jones?

All right, point taken. Let me put my dentures back in and say a few things. I'm thrilled to know some of these guys are pushing the jazz envelope. I will check those guys out. Must admit, I listen...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-23-2009, 09:20 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 11,524
Posted By bjparadiddle
Re: How can i understand Elvin Jones?

I'm no fan of 70s fusion, though there were exceptions. Much of the innovation on drums are, I hate to say it (me being a jazz drummer, and all) comes from rock, hip-hop, and latin players. Blast...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-23-2009, 04:23 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 11,524
Posted By bjparadiddle
Re: How can i understand Elvin Jones?

Elvin's former tenor saxophonist, Dave Liebman, wrote a terrific essay that explains Elvin's concept of drumming. I don't remember his Website address. But just Google Dave Liebman, Saxophone, and...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-23-2009, 04:18 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,747
Posted By bjparadiddle
Re: Gladstone vs. Moeller

How about the Gladmoeller Method? I feel that way after I've been to the dentist.
Forum: Drum Technique 07-22-2009, 01:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,739
Posted By bjparadiddle
Re: advanced techniques for modern drummer vs art of bop

They're both worth studying. Riley's book is essential, as it covers the various aspects of playing bop drums. The Chapin book is terrific, because it has the the various hand positions broken down...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-18-2009, 06:58 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 10,271
Posted By bjparadiddle
Re: Tightness / Microtiming

Rick: You know a lot about drumming. I've seen your terrific transcriptions. You know your business, but perhaps too much. I believe a drummer can get so far up in his head that he can't get back...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-04-2009, 10:06 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,888
Posted By bjparadiddle
Re: Realistic Expectations using 4-Way Coordination

I studied 4-Way with Elliott Fine, and a little with Marv Dahlgren, both terrific teachers. The book is difficult, granted. Sometimes, I'd get terrific headaches and have to lay down, because the...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-26-2009, 03:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,114
Posted By bjparadiddle
Re: Practicing Rudiments...

There is admittedly much nonsense espoused about rudiments. Mastery of a portion of them is of great help in performing technically. Singles, Doubles, Flams and Buzzes are indispensable in gaining...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-26-2009, 03:45 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,911
Posted By bjparadiddle
Re: Question about traditional grip

Here's a tip that helped me when I was a kid switching over from matched: Pick up, I'm not kidding, the Gene Krupa Drum Method (The still sell it!). The first part of the book deals with gripping the...
Forum: Drums 06-25-2009, 05:47 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,305
Posted By bjparadiddle
New Gretsch Classic Bop Kit

I picked up a New Gretsch Classic bop kit last week, and couldn't be happier about it. The drums sound like the top-of-the-line Gretsch, though I think these sound a bit better than my old Gretsch...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-24-2009, 12:14 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,314
Posted By bjparadiddle
Has anyone studied Jim Blackley's books

I've heard much about Jim Blackley's books, "Syncopated Rolls," and "The Essence of Jazz Drumming." Are any of you familiar with his stuff?
Forum: Drum Technique 06-11-2009, 02:20 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 38,550
Posted By bjparadiddle
Re: JOHN RILEY here...new DVD: samples here....

Funky Jazzer:

You asked about 3-beat exercises similar to what you found in John's Workshop book. Near the back of 4-Way Coordination is a short chapter on playing 3-beat ideas in 4/4, using them...
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