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Forum: Drum Technique Today, 04:56 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 951
Posted By Brian
Re: 10,000 hours of practice

I think some people don't realize that this 10,000 hour number comes from this Harvard Business Review article and the baseline "The Cambridge Handbook of Expertise and Expert Performance"
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Forum: General Discussion 03-01-2015, 07:52 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,010
Posted By Brian
Re: The power of smiling

This is a very good point. As a child, my father always said "Brian, make sure you keep smiling when you play those drums". Many times. I never understood why THAT was so important to him, it was...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-01-2015, 07:19 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 829
Posted By Brian
Re: Can't seem to play fast

This is a good idea. The whole approach should always be loose and free, relaxed.

I suggest practicing the free stroke extremely slowly and deliberately, on each hand. Independently. It's...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-01-2015, 01:32 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 829
Posted By Brian
Re: Can't seem to play fast

One year is nothing! No offense but you are just starting out, so maybe go a little easier on yourself and be patient. A lot of what you are practicing now won't be into your muscle memory for...
Forum: General Discussion 02-27-2015, 11:14 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 812
Posted By Brian
Re: Hi-Hats: Tight or loose????

For a while I went through a sloshy loose setting, but lately I've gone back to a more tight setting. There is definitely some play and looseness, but not much.
Forum: General Discussion 02-27-2015, 06:28 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 620
Posted By Brian
Re: Has anyone read the book "The Wrecking Crew"?

I had always thought Hal Blaine coined the term, regarding the young upstarts wrecking the established order of the music industry session players.

The other three wrecking crew drummers weren't...
Forum: General Discussion 02-24-2015, 11:56 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 751
Posted By Brian
Forum: Drum Technique 02-24-2015, 05:56 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 970
Posted By Brian
Re: Jazz and Matched Grip

Gary Novak is another monster who, at least sometimes, uses matched grip.
Forum: General Discussion 02-23-2015, 03:13 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,046
Posted By Brian
Re: Over exuberance - a time & a place?

Thoughts? Gosh, I wish I had drums like that. :P Nicely done, definitely higher energy than I was expecting for Rockin' in the Free World.
Forum: Drum Technique 02-23-2015, 01:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 763
Posted By Brian
Re: What will it take for me to be able to do this?

whether the grip is American or French or whatever the in-between (which upon further review, looks to me), I'd be working on finger dexterity and control.

Practice pad singles at least 10 to 20...
Forum: General Discussion 02-21-2015, 08:24 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,547
Posted By Brian
Re: Drummers you thought sucked,but...

Karen Carpenter had great chops! Jim Gordon was another star-crossed drummer from that era that doesn't get the name recognition in this era, but had some ridiculous facility/chops/discipline that...
Forum: Drum Technique 02-21-2015, 08:41 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 763
Posted By Brian
Re: What will it take for me to be able to do this?

That is more finger control than anything to do with the wrists. You can see his hands are turned over more in the French grip position.
Forum: Drum Technique 02-20-2015, 11:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 547
Posted By Brian
Re: Tips on Ghost Notes.

Practice out of "Patterns" by Gary Chaffee and you'll get with the ghost notes, stick heights and all of the other goodies David Garibaldi learned or mastered from him.

Right on. It's like...
Forum: General Discussion 02-20-2015, 06:30 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,227
Posted By Brian
Re: Adults Learning Drums

I didn't say no education with curbing the compulsory schooling.. ;)

The majority of great drummers spent their childhood focused on drumming and not mastering the art of test-taking.
Forum: General Discussion 02-18-2015, 11:40 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,479
Posted By Brian
Re: S****y albums done by great bands..

a slew by Metallica and Megadeth, that's for sure (if you consider them "great" bands" anyway)
Forum: General Discussion 02-18-2015, 08:28 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,227
Posted By Brian
Re: Adults Learning Drums

That is a really interesting take and read. How often do you practice, and do you practice the same things?
Forum: General Discussion 02-18-2015, 08:21 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,227
Posted By Brian
Re: Adults Learning Drums

One thing is for sure; if it weren't for compulsory education, there would be a hell of a lot more of, and "better" drummers. Kids age 7-10 max in learning potential and speed, in general.

I will...
Forum: Drum Technique 02-15-2015, 05:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 618
Posted By Brian
Re: Jeff Porcaro Snap-Ups

Yeah he's demonstrated it on his DVD from a while back. I bet you can find it on youtube.
Forum: General Discussion 02-14-2015, 03:07 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,777
Posted By Brian
Re: Past a point, are teachers necesssary?

I was under the impression that these skype-web sessions are interactive...meaning, they can see you and you can see them...correct me if I'm wrong, not geared towards technology much anymore.
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Forum: Drum Technique 02-14-2015, 10:53 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 702
Posted By Brian
Re: Writing with the weak hand?

Around 10-12 years ago I started doing these things, learned how to throw, catch, write, etc. with my weak hand and it DEFINITELY helped me. I've always been equally left-footed and right-footed so...
Forum: Drummers 02-14-2015, 06:36 AM
Replies: 1,025
Views: 169,671
Posted By Brian
Re: Neil Peart

Most of us have been listening to Neil Peart and Rush for decades. Then we've all seen him in footage on VHS/DVD's, youtube, etc. And many have seen him live. I'm pretty sure that a fair analysis can...
Forum: Drummers 02-13-2015, 10:26 PM
Replies: 1,025
Views: 169,671
Posted By Brian
Re: Neil Peart

That is an awfully touchy definition of "slamming".

Most people are just giving their opinion based upon analysis of his playing and approach.

In other words, saying "water is wet" is not...
Forum: General Discussion 02-13-2015, 05:41 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,777
Posted By Brian
Re: Past a point, are teachers necesssary?

Everyone learns on their own, whether a "teacher" is involved or not. The idea for me, is that everyone learns on their own, since regardless of whether or not there is a coach or instructor...
Forum: General Discussion 02-13-2015, 05:24 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,777
Posted By Brian
Re: Past a point, are teachers necesssary?

At first I thought you were joking, but upon further review, couldn't disagree more.
Forum: General Discussion 02-12-2015, 08:55 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,811
Posted By Brian
Re: What's your story about how you started drumming?

I "officially" started around 9 years old. The first drum stick I ever broke was of my mother's first pair of drum sticks. She cried. :D
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