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Forum: General Discussion 01-25-2015, 10:43 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 319
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, 04:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 216
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, 06:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 370
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, 07:21 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 409
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, 08:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 506
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, 08:34 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 764
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 01-05-2015, 12:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 603
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, 07:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 521
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, 08:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 691
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Metronome

Great idea. You learn something new every day.

Jeff
Forum: Drum Technique 12-01-2014, 07:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 583
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, 08:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 473
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, 07:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 473
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Anyone going to PASIC?

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

Jeff
Forum: General Discussion 11-14-2014, 07:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 473
Posted By jeffwj
Anyone going to PASIC?

PASIC is next week in Indianapolis. Anyone attending? I'll be there!!!

While there are clinics on all kinds of percussion instruments, the drumset artists there will include:


Shawn Pelton...
Forum: General Discussion 11-11-2014, 06:45 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,716
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Do I Need A New Drum Teacher? Checks and balances?

Although my teaching studio is in Richmond, I do a lot of performing in Northern VA. I can possibly recommend a teacher or two in your area if you are interested (if so, PM me).

I would assume...
Forum: General Discussion 11-11-2014, 01:03 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,716
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Do I Need A New Drum Teacher? Checks and balances?

Where are you from? The UK has some standardized courses/benchmark tests, while the US and other areas do not.

Jeff
Forum: General Discussion 10-29-2014, 07:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 521
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Vintage Slingerland set value

It is always a good idea to get your vintage gear appraised. Not only would you know the general price for resale, but you should also have documentation of the value of the set for your homeowner's...
Forum: Drum Technique 10-27-2014, 05:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 929
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Beginner

I would be skeptical of such a low price too. The going rate in most areas is $25-30 per half hour. But check out the teacher's credentials. Maybe he/she is an accomplished performer but just...
Forum: Drum Technique 10-26-2014, 11:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 549
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Drum books

One that addresses all three is http://www.steveweissmusic.com/product/1125511/general-drumset-methods

For jazz, anything by John Riley is great. You asked specifically about books. But I must...
Forum: Drum Technique 10-25-2014, 07:15 PM
Replies: 379
Views: 163,951
Posted By jeffwj
Re: DRUM INSTRUCTION DVD & BOOK REVIEWS

Dave,

I just noticed your review now. I'm glad to see that you are enjoying the book!

Thanks again,

Jeff
Forum: Drum Technique 10-03-2014, 05:29 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,802
Posted By jeffwj
Re: How to inspire a new student in 45 minutes

After all this discussion, will we ever find out how the lesson went?

Jeff
Forum: Drum Technique 09-30-2014, 11:10 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,802
Posted By jeffwj
Re: How to inspire a new student in 45 minutes

I see both sides of this discussion, however the language that we use may be a bit misleading. They may be synonyms, but (for the purpose of eduction) I think of inspiration and motivation as two...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-30-2014, 03:24 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,802
Posted By jeffwj
Re: How to inspire a new student in 45 minutes

Not a dumb question at all!

I don't lay out the exact pages that I will be using for each week. I just use whichever book I have decided on in my curriculum. If I assign a student one page,...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-29-2014, 08:18 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,802
Posted By jeffwj
Re: How to inspire a new student in 45 minutes

Please note that the advice that I am about to give is not necessarily a criticism, but food for thought. You said you don't have any experience teaching and believe that the lesson on Wednesday is...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-10-2014, 02:57 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 661
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Drum Lessons: Live or On-Line?

I agree with Bermuda. Although finding a qualified, experienced teacher is the goal. If you let us know what area you are in, maybe someone here can suggest a teacher close to you.

Jeff
Forum: Drum Technique 09-09-2014, 08:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 719
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Hi Hat Technique

Here is a video from Steve Fidyk. The tutorial starts at 1:17

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSoWozC5eR4

Jeff
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