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Forum: Drum Technique 09-28-2014, 05:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 386
Posted By JohnW
Re: Can you practice buzz roll on a drumpad?

I use an Outlander Offworld Pad I got from Lonestar Percussion. I've had it for a few years now. As a Pipe Band drummer, I use buzz rolls extensively in our music. It's a different application...
Forum: Drummers 09-14-2014, 04:15 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 179
Posted By JohnW
Viola Smith

She'll be 102 years old this November and still sharp as a tack. Among other things, Billy Gladstone made a snare for her. Here's an interview from 2013: ...
Forum: General Discussion 09-09-2014, 07:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 414
Posted By JohnW
Re: So this happened!!

That's pretty cool. I'll pick up a copy this week!
Forum: General Discussion 08-31-2014, 10:55 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,475
Posted By JohnW
Re: Poll: do you double bass?

#3, but now that I've got some more time to put behind the set, I'll aim toward #5. My morning starts with a 20 minute practice with a variation of this:
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Forum: Drum Technique 08-31-2014, 04:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 855
Posted By JohnW
Re: Click practice is great and all but..

Metronomes are just tools. Relentlessly perfect and used in the right way they can sharpen your skills. But-as you think your bass player implied, it might make you more focused on the kick & snare...
Forum: Drum Technique 08-31-2014, 04:46 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 366
Posted By JohnW
Re: Slow 6/8 practice

I've been listening to this over and over- it's an infectious groove.
Forum: Drum Technique 08-26-2014, 05:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 462
Posted By JohnW
Re: Memorizing Marching Music

It depends on the music you're playing, but If you're under the gun to memorize: I suggest to learn it in 2 bar phrases. I'm not sure if this parallels what you're doing, but in pipe bands, the...
Forum: General Discussion 08-20-2014, 02:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 451
Posted By JohnW
Re: World Pipe Band Championships

Back from Scotland. Here's our Grade 1 band's medley performance this past Friday (scroll down to see the Stuart Highlanders):

http://new.livestream.com/accounts/3661274/events/3252880
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Forum: General Discussion 08-14-2014, 11:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 451
Posted By JohnW
Re: World Pipe Band Championships

The top grade qualifiers start tomorrow morning on the links I first posted with the finals starting early Saturday. I'll try to post footage of us and some other bands tomorrow.
Forum: General Discussion 08-06-2014, 03:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 451
Posted By JohnW
Re: World Pipe Band Championships

I'm not sure how the ticketing works for competitors. At least when it comes to watching the Grade 1 bands. Because of the number of bands, I think it would be a logistical nightmare to let them...
Forum: General Discussion 08-05-2014, 06:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 451
Posted By JohnW
Re: World Pipe Band Championships

Thanks, willc87! We have friends in the 78ths. If you want to PM me their names I'll drop by and say hello.
Forum: General Discussion 08-05-2014, 04:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 451
Posted By JohnW
World Pipe Band Championships

Tomorrow, I leave with our band, the Stuart Highlanders to go to Glasgow to compete the following week in the World Pipe Band Championships. 250 bands from all over the World will be there. It will...
Forum: Drummers 08-05-2014, 05:31 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 530
Posted By JohnW
Re: Yogi Horton

And his sidekick invented the Drumometer.
Forum: Drum Technique 08-02-2014, 08:29 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 524
Posted By JohnW
Rob Brown- Using a Metronome to Develop Feel

I don't know how many of you have heard of Rob or watched this video. It's such a basic concept, but I find the way he applies it to be so refreshing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMMtkf8UpnQ
Forum: General Discussion 08-02-2014, 06:37 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 832
Posted By JohnW
Re: Lost another... RIP Frankie Dunlop...

His sense of melody and joyous swing will live forever. RIP Frankie.
Forum: General Discussion 08-01-2014, 06:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 399
Posted By JohnW
Re: Idris Muhammad Has Passed

A great player; very creative. Rest in Peace, Idris.
Forum: General Discussion 07-31-2014, 04:29 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 237
Posted By JohnW
Tombak player

Mickey Hart's Facebook page posted an embedded video of this player, Mohammad Reza Mortazavi. Here's a YouTube video of him:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SbM-GiGp98
Forum: General Discussion 07-30-2014, 02:01 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,316
Posted By JohnW
Re: Buddy Rich trap case

In some ways it's even cooler than having one of his drum sets. Just for kicks, every time someone opens the lid, it should play one of the bus tapes.
Forum: Drum Technique 07-28-2014, 12:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 579
Posted By JohnW
Re: Grip problem?

I cannot recommend your taking lessons highly enough. Lightening up on your hands is all well and good, but there may be other factors plaguing you as well. And even if you don't perceive any...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-27-2014, 04:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 579
Posted By JohnW
Re: Grip problem?

This sounds like a job for Bill Bachman. You should contact him for at least one Skype lesson. From my perspective: in the top picture, it appears that you're squeezing too hard. If I understand...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-25-2014, 08:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 715
Posted By JohnW
Re: Drumming and writing music.

I agree with Nour Ayasso. But before you start hashing out how things are structured on a theoretical level, do it on a commonsense way; treat it as a language. You're trying to have a conversation...
Forum: General Discussion 07-25-2014, 05:05 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,823
Posted By JohnW
Re: Contrats To Bermuda!

Wow. I just heard "Foil", "Lame Claim to Fame", "Tacky" and now this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Gv0H-vPoDc

Pretty much the most entertaining music video collection I've seen all year. ...
Forum: General Discussion 07-20-2014, 11:39 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 35,503
Posted By JohnW
Re: Is Dennis Chambers ill?

Sending prayers and good healing vibes to Dennis for a full and speedy recovery.
Forum: General Discussion 07-18-2014, 04:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 646
Posted By JohnW
Re: Elvin Jones Interview from 1968

Thanks for posting that! It just reaffirms what I love so much about Elvin.
Forum: Drummers 07-04-2014, 12:13 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,544
Posted By JohnW
Re: Danny Seraphine

That was a cool documentary. I'm going to watch the concert footage later. I've seen a few selections of that 1970 Tanglewood show as well as a full show by The Who there. Both bands were on fire-...
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