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Forum: General Discussion 10-23-2014, 11:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 535
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Universities and Music *sigh*

Personally, I would want to keep it within the music department-- music ed, recording arts, composing, or whatever. School is not just about information, or job credentials, it's about beginning to...
Forum: General Discussion 10-23-2014, 09:55 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 535
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Universities and Music *sigh*

There are a bunch of schools in southern California, and in the bay area, that would be great-- UCLA, Northridge, Long Beach, San Jose State, Berkeley, and I think Fullerton and Riverside all have...
Forum: Drum Technique 10-22-2014, 09:17 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,807
Posted By toddbishop
Re: how to use Stick Control

Stone isn't the only one who gets to have an opinion about it. Whatever it says in the preface, teachers have been using it effectively with beginning-to-advanced students for many decades now-- the...
Forum: Drum Technique 10-19-2014, 07:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 519
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Left hand: uneven strikes & poor grip. Advice needed

Keep practicing in front of a mirror, get out your copy of Stick Control, and play the LH-lead exercises slowly enough that you can maintain the form you want. I've found that a lot of students are...
Forum: General Discussion 10-18-2014, 06:21 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 174
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Trading fours when the tune has tags

Usually whoever is soloing at the end of the form--usually you-- plays the extra measures on his solo. Or if the tag is 4 bars long, you might stick to four measure solos, so the drums end up playing...
Forum: General Discussion 10-17-2014, 06:45 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,306
Posted By toddbishop
Re: The Speed Obsession

I'm lost. What exactly are you trying to say evolution has to do with the subject at hand?
Forum: Drum Technique 10-12-2014, 05:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 276
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Jack D Transcription

Fantastic, nice work!
Forum: General Discussion 10-10-2014, 09:55 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,211
Posted By toddbishop
Re: How were drums taught back in the day?

Sorry you couldn't find anything of substance in my comment to respond to, and you have to talk about alleged ulterior motives, and my tone, as you perceive it.



Yeah, that's a bad way to...
Forum: Drum Technique 10-10-2014, 08:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 691
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Samba

I would work up some actual Brazilian rhythms (http://www.cruiseshipdrummer.com/2013/06/a-page-of-brazilian-rhythms.html) with the left hand, as well, and be listening to the music. The patterns are...
Forum: Drum Technique 10-10-2014, 07:52 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 981
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Making the most out of limited practice time

I used to try to make sure that everything I practiced worked on multiple levels; so I was always thinking about fitting things into a musical phrase, and how I was going to improvise with it, and...
Forum: General Discussion 10-10-2014, 07:23 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,211
Posted By toddbishop
Re: How were drums taught back in the day?

I'm not seeing this at all. Most of the people who are good now got that way before the Internet was a thing. The web really had next to nothing to offer re: drum instruction/information before...
Forum: General Discussion 10-02-2014, 05:27 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,054
Posted By toddbishop
Re: The Clave Police

Yeah, it's probably best not to bring up Hollywood Mexican banditos in a discussion of Caribbean/Caribbean-American music.



What does this have to do with what's being discussed? The concept...
Forum: General Discussion 10-01-2014, 09:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 473
Posted By toddbishop
Re: What would you appraise my kit for?

Doing an eBay 'sold listings' search for each of those items should answer that for you.
Forum: Drum Technique 10-01-2014, 06:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 688
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Syncopation, Dawson methods, Goal tempos?

Either one-- alternating accented triplets or RH/melody-LH/fill-in (with the RH breaking up the LH multiples).
Forum: Drum Technique 09-30-2014, 06:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 688
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Syncopation, Dawson methods, Goal tempos?

Oh, I should probably revise my tempos-- 220 is pretty bright for doing a full page of the interpretation. In actual playing you do play that sort of thing at 220 and faster, but doing the long...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-29-2014, 06:01 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,403
Posted By toddbishop
Re: How to inspire a new student in 45 minutes

They're playing snare drum from day one. When we begin including the drumset depends on the student-- some of them are playing percussion in school, and aren't interested in it. Some of them I'll...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-28-2014, 06:26 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,403
Posted By toddbishop
Re: How to inspire a new student in 45 minutes

Hopefully you've had some experience as a student of a competent teacher-- I would just recall that, and do what they did, to start. If you have no background at all that way, you probably should not...
Forum: General Discussion 09-25-2014, 12:56 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,054
Posted By toddbishop
Re: The Clave Police

Claves the instrument is not the same thing as clave the rhythmic concept.

Since the music really belongs to another culture, and to the people who have put in the many years of effort it takes...
Forum: General Discussion 09-25-2014, 12:32 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 565
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Copyright Infringement

Great! A small counter to this anti-artist tidal shift that has been going on the last ~15 years. Hopefully we'll see more like that.
Forum: Drum Technique 09-24-2014, 07:15 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 872
Posted By toddbishop
Re: sixteenths on hats?

I use all wrist, plus an 8th note-rate forearm movement at faster tempos. Often I'll put my index finger on top of the stick, the way some Latin guys do-- that helps you play low, which is a big...
Forum: General Discussion 09-24-2014, 07:07 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,054
Posted By toddbishop
Re: The Clave Police

Samba is a Brazilian style, and doesn't use clave... clave is a Cuban/Salsa thing...



A lot of music using a "Latin" feel, is not clave-based-- they may be doing a Brazilian style, or a...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-23-2014, 05:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 594
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Stick angles

Except for the stick resting on the head, that looks like good form to me.
Forum: General Discussion 09-23-2014, 04:40 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 747
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Tour buy in: yes or no?

It might great for you, and a lot of fun-- just don't screw yourself on it. It's a difficult decision...
Forum: General Discussion 09-23-2014, 04:09 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 747
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Tour buy in: yes or no?

I hope it's $1200 for the whole band. If that's just your individual contribution, I would say it's a definite pass. I would have to be feeling great about how my band is going to go over with the...
Forum: General Discussion 09-23-2014, 02:20 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 828
Posted By toddbishop
Re: Extra sharp chisel 1 - finger 0 :(

Gah, be careful, man!!!
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