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Forum: Drum Technique 10-10-2011, 05:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,660
Posted By Matty G.
Re: Controlling diddle stroke speeds

In addition to the great exercise mentioned below, I think it's important to practice with the diddle in different note values. So start playing 8th's as singles, then diddle them to create 16ths....
Forum: General Discussion 10-10-2011, 04:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,058
Posted By Matty G.
Re: Easy jazz songs to drum to?

Get the Benny Goodman live at Carnegie Hall Concert (1938). Gene Krupa's drumming is superb and the recording actually sounds pretty good. It's very approachable but hard swinging drumming. I felt...
Forum: General Discussion 10-10-2011, 04:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,624
Posted By Matty G.
Re: Teaching materials

Beginners start with:
Syncopation
Stick Control
Blank Notebook

More advanced snare/reading:
Primary Handbook for Snare by Garwood Whaley
Wilcoxin - All-American Drummer
Cirone - Portraits in...
Forum: Drum Technique 10-10-2011, 06:39 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,202
Posted By Matty G.
Re: playing grooves at slower tempos....

Playing grooves at slow tempos is a very, very good way to practice, but not the ONLY way to practice. It's good because it makes the groove easier to execute, with more time between each note - this...
Forum: Drummers 09-27-2011, 08:10 AM
Replies: 6,275
Views: 1,481,691
Posted By Matty G.
Re: Gavin Harrison here!

Hi Gavin,

I know that you've said that Porcupine uses a click during live performances - are the tempos exactly the same as the recorded versions? I ask because my band is starting to use a click...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-21-2011, 03:00 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 9,571
Posted By Matty G.
Re: Tips on keeping time while playing with a band!

Think long term. There are no shortcuts to good time. Keep working on rhythm exercises with a metronome. Keep working on coordination, too. That's an indirect but crucial component, the more...
Forum: Drummers 09-21-2011, 02:47 AM
Replies: 6,275
Views: 1,481,691
Posted By Matty G.
Re: Gavin Harrison here!

Hey Gavin,

I notice you don't play the kick drum so much during fills, except to use it as another voice or between your hands. I've heard you say in clinic that you think of the kick drum/double...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-21-2011, 01:17 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,557
Posted By Matty G.
Re: Ghost Notes - my worst enemy

One book that helped me was Garibaldi's "Future Sounds" The first few pages have some good exercises utilizing Paradiddles and accents. The first one goes like this:

RH - hi-hat.
LH - snare.
...
Forum: General Discussion 09-01-2011, 09:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,184
Posted By Matty G.
Re: Kit's that epitomize an era:

For the "Yacht Rock" era, I think of Don Henley's kit with all of the bottom heads taken off, and shure SM 57's shoved inside.
Forum: General Discussion 08-28-2011, 03:30 AM
Replies: 281
Views: 23,297
Posted By Matty G.
Re: David Letterman Drum Solo Week II

If u watch his interview on his drummerworld page, he mentions how he got the idea from subbing in a band where the drummer had a click with cues on it to help with song forms. So in porcupine tree...
Forum: General Discussion 08-26-2011, 10:03 PM
Replies: 281
Views: 23,297
Posted By Matty G.
Re: David Letterman Drum Solo Week II

I just watched all of them and, for me, hands down, Anton had the best solo. Good arrangement with the band, his solo had great licks up front, then a nice wind down, followed by a groovy section...
Forum: Drum Technique 08-14-2011, 09:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,057
Posted By Matty G.
Re: new to the drums/practice routine

No easy answer. However, here are a couple of insights I've had in my 15 years of practicing/playing.

1.) As for motivating factors, make sure to get into a band or live playing situation. (As...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-26-2011, 08:52 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,018
Posted By Matty G.
Re: Practise Exercises with have Benefited your Playing the Most

Hard to point to one specific exercise. But I will say that the thing that changed my practicing (and ultimately, my playing) the most was the advent of recording myself on a quite regular basis,...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-29-2011, 06:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,882
Posted By Matty G.
Re: Newbie needs help finding songs to practice simple fills on..,

Nick Mason from Pink Floyd has some really nice fills and simple grooves that helped me when I was learning.
Forum: Drum Technique 06-07-2011, 04:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,115
Posted By Matty G.
Re: Need Punk Drum Beats!

Closest thing to a punk instructional vid is Vandals, Live @ House of Blues. You can watch the "Josh Freese Cam" the whole time.
Forum: Drum Technique 06-04-2011, 08:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,541
Posted By Matty G.
Re: Quesiton about practice

This is a perplexing discussion to say the least. Practicing and developing on any instrument is a balancing act. In an ideal world, we'd all develop with perfect technique and relaxation over the...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-04-2011, 08:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,990
Posted By Matty G.
Re: Question about subdivision

Definitely beneficial to practice with lower bpm's. You can keep cutting it in half 120 - 60 - 30. With my Dr Beat (DB 90) I can set the downbeat click only. So it'll beep only once every 4 or 8...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-02-2011, 07:26 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,541
Posted By Matty G.
Re: Quesiton about practice

I don't have the Alfred book on hand, but do the exercises have any Italian words? Most tempo indications and other musical terms are in Italian, like Allegro, Presto, etc. If so, here is a list of...
Forum: Drum Technique 05-26-2011, 08:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,509
Posted By Matty G.
Re: A few questions about practicing/workouts

Actually, I think you hit it on the head! Work on consistency first, (accuracy is another way to say the same thing) then speed will be a natural result of automatic accurate motion. Jojo Mayer talks...
Forum: Drum Technique 05-16-2011, 05:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,865
Posted By Matty G.
Re: Re-learning the ability to read music!

Syncopation by Ted Reed is also a great way to get back into reading. It's written progressively, starting from quarters, then eighths, triplets, sixteenths, etc, then more advance syncopation (off...
Forum: Drum Technique 04-29-2011, 08:34 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,825
Posted By Matty G.
Re: Just can't seem to relax...

I think you can be relaxed and still play really hard. Relaxation is not necessarily a low-volume, low-energy output kinda thing. Obviously, you're not going to be 100% at rest when playing at FFF...
Forum: Drum Technique 04-28-2011, 07:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,737
Posted By Matty G.
Re: Warm ups

Also check out the HQ Real Feel channel on Youtube. Has Erskine, Cobham, Zigaboo, and other showing their favorite warm ups.

http://www.youtube.com/user/HQDrums#p/u
Forum: Drum Technique 04-28-2011, 07:26 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,825
Posted By Matty G.
Re: Just can't seem to relax...

Hmm... do you practice slowly and quietly when you first learning something, or do you just jump into to the "goal tempo" at full volume? I see my students do this all the time. I demonstrate...
Forum: Drum Technique 04-27-2011, 06:22 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 8,840
Posted By Matty G.
Re: Drumming punk/emo

Closest thing to an instructional punk drumming DVD is The Vandals, Live at the House of Blues. I think it's called "The Show Must Go Off." Has a feature that allows you to watch the Josh Freese cam...
Forum: Drum Technique 04-20-2011, 09:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,081
Posted By Matty G.
Re: Latin fills??

Short answer: one easy-to-apply concept is just to orchestrate the basic latin rhythms like cascara, clave, or the rhythms of different piano montunos around the kit. If you have some sophisticated...
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