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Forum: General Discussion 08-25-2014, 09:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 524
Posted By John Lamb
Re: Matched Grip Question

agreed, Winegums.... The grip should change depending on what angle your arms are at. There is something of a gradient from thumb-on-top when your arms are away from the body (for example, playing a...
Forum: General Discussion 08-23-2014, 11:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 524
Posted By John Lamb
Re: Matched Grip Question

Yes exactly! If the tick doesn't float then there are major problems. I strive for a feeling of looseness, lightness and balance as I play and trust my hands to sort the rest out on their own.
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Forum: General Discussion 08-23-2014, 11:52 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,372
Posted By John Lamb
Re: Playing at Ronnie Scott's tomorrow

Congratulations! That's fantastic
Forum: General Discussion 08-23-2014, 07:53 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 5,428
Posted By John Lamb
Re: groove vs chops?

Yes. Tony Royster Jr, for example, Cora Coleman-Dunham for another.

In one of his DVDs, Tony Royster talks about the transition to playing with Jay Z, and how much he had to work at it. It was a...
Forum: General Discussion 08-23-2014, 05:12 AM
Replies: 154
Views: 5,428
Posted By John Lamb
Re: groove vs chops?

LOL! I love it. Although I mostly disagree :o

"Chops" is technique, or how you do something. Nearly always, and certainly in the course of this discussion, chops means the physical movements a...
Forum: General Discussion 08-21-2014, 08:06 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 154
Posted By John Lamb
Anyone in Sao Paolo?

I will be in Sao Paolo for a week in mid September to support my recent book: A Matter of Time: The science of rhythm and the groove...
Forum: Drum Technique 08-21-2014, 08:01 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,859
Posted By John Lamb
Re: What technique changed your drumming dramatically?

Finding out about the Andover Method (http://bodymap.org/main/) really changed my playing dramatically
Forum: General Discussion 08-18-2014, 10:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,009
Posted By John Lamb
Re: A Matter of Time: the science of rhythm and the groove

The print version of A Matter Of Time is now available...
Forum: General Discussion 06-11-2014, 07:05 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,070
Posted By John Lamb
Re: Drummers around 5'6" - What size drums do you have?

I love Ludwig Breakbeats! (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EK62KIA/ref=drumle-20)

I'm not in the funsize category, but I teach many who are, and I always recommend this kit. I use it a lot...
Forum: General Discussion 06-11-2014, 06:50 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 853
Posted By John Lamb
Re: Anticipations, etc.

Do it from the other way around. Start with the basic beat and add notes until it works.

As everyone is saying, there are MANY ways to deal with anticipations. In my experience, the 3 most...
Forum: General Discussion 06-11-2014, 06:36 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,686
Posted By John Lamb
Re: songs with leading toms

Mr Brownstone by G+R is based on the bo diddley beat, so you could whip up an arrangement pretty easily where the drums never go to the hats. Lots of fun hits and section changes that you can either...
Forum: Drum Technique 04-22-2014, 06:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,321
Posted By John Lamb
Re: The roots - Seed 2.0 Transcription

Thanks for that - I used it for a student last week. Much appreciated.
Forum: General Discussion 11-28-2013, 01:31 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,024
Posted By John Lamb
Re: How many of you guys mic your kits at home?

just once, and because I wanted to try out the Stanton Moore pandiero, which requires a mic (and effin rocks, btw)
Forum: General Discussion 11-28-2013, 01:30 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,985
Posted By John Lamb
drum beat copyright question

Hey! I'm working on my next book, and I had a question: I don't need to clear copyright for drum grooves correct?

I'm planning a series of grooves based on the original groove, designed to...
Forum: Drum Technique 10-29-2013, 09:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 770
Posted By John Lamb
Re: Thumb problem

Agreed - it is most likely due to holding the sticks too tightly. A good teacher is definitely recommended.

In the meantime, think about it this way. You have to move to play the drums....
Forum: Drum Technique 10-25-2013, 07:24 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,611
Posted By John Lamb
Re: Having trouble playing with click

You don't actually need the click very loud at all. You ought to able to turn it way down and still work with it. Besides, turning it up too loud is really dangerous for your hearing.

The problem...
Forum: Drum Technique 10-24-2013, 08:31 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,611
Posted By John Lamb
Re: Having trouble playing with click

Metronomes suck.

To make a long story short, (I go into more detail about how and why in my book (www.bitly/11ralyi)) they just don't do a great job at what they are supposed to do.

Now -...
Forum: Drum Technique 10-03-2013, 12:24 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,080
Posted By John Lamb
Re: Drum Stool Height Affecting Footwork?

There is a mechanically most advantageous position. It is to sit such that your hip joint is maybe 2 inches about your knee joint. This is where Gavin, Dave Weckl, and many, many others end up...
Forum: Drum Technique 10-03-2013, 12:16 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,470
Posted By John Lamb
Re: All 4 fingers on the stick? yes or no?

Volume is not the direct issue. Force = Mass x Accelleration, so getting the palm on top of the stick like he is he is able to lend mass from his arm to the stick for the note (though I suspect he...
Forum: Drum Technique 10-02-2013, 10:21 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,470
Posted By John Lamb
Re: All 4 fingers on the stick? yes or no?

I did watch the videos, and referenced them in my posts.

I also said that the pinky themselves wasn't what mattered. (thus you could lose it in a car accident and drum just fine), but that...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-30-2013, 07:11 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,470
Posted By John Lamb
Re: All 4 fingers on the stick? yes or no?

As far as that goes - drummers have it easy. It is guitarists who really get fried with wrist position. Both drummers and guitarists have equal rates of repetitive motion injury, but when guitarists...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-30-2013, 08:44 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,470
Posted By John Lamb
Re: All 4 fingers on the stick? yes or no?

Indeed, there are many other factors at work than rogue pinkies. Seated/standing balance, shoulder balance, twisting of the spine, seat height, etc all matter.

regarding the videos... Those guys...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-29-2013, 07:00 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,470
Posted By John Lamb
Re: All 4 fingers on the stick? yes or no?

In general, the fingers should be wrapped around the stick but NOT gripping it. Gripping the stick with anything more than the fulcrum point is unnecessary.

Whether all of your fingers or not are...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-29-2013, 08:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,591
Posted By John Lamb
Re: A little discovery that has made big improvements to my playing

http://www.drumchannel.com/articles/Free-Weekly_Lesson?utm_source=Drum+Channel+Insider&utm_campaign=5c525ec87d-Rob+Affuso&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_51d5cd733a-5c525ec87d-10578757
Forum: Drum Technique 09-29-2013, 05:10 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,470
Posted By John Lamb
Re: All 4 fingers on the stick? yes or no?

it is possible to play well with pinkys out. In fact, I play press rolls with pinkies out, always have and it is what they told me to do in college anyway. However... sticking your pinkies out...
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