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Forum: Drum Technique 04-09-2015, 04:07 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 931
Posted By JohnW
Re: How to improve rhythm and timing of each note? (Issues with bass drum strokes being slightly off

Here's a video I posted a while back by a drummer named Rob Brown. Here, he demonstrates a cool way to practice with a metronome:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMMtkf8UpnQ

This idea has...
Forum: General Discussion 03-22-2015, 11:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 655
Posted By JohnW
Re: Twisted Sister Drummer dies

I remember reading a Modern Drummer interview with A. J. back in the mid-eighties and really enjoyed his perspective on music and how he engaged the audience in his solos. Gene Krupa was a family...
Forum: General Discussion 02-10-2015, 07:03 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 797
Posted By JohnW
Re: Alan Dawson: How Do You Sound? vs How Do You Look?

I just saw 4 videos of Chaney and again, while he certainly has technique and stamina to get through his theatrics while playing, I don't see or hear anything that novel. Yes, the fact that he may...
Forum: General Discussion 02-09-2015, 05:52 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 797
Posted By JohnW
Re: Alan Dawson: How Do You Sound? vs How Do You Look?

But he really isn't doing anything new under the sun:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZ8MVrlGa1E

This takes nothing away from Zoltan Chaney, since he certainly knows how to play and good on...
Forum: General Discussion 02-08-2015, 05:23 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 797
Posted By JohnW
Re: Alan Dawson: How Do You Sound? vs How Do You Look?

Originally Posted by Scott K Fish:
[Alan Dawson]: "If it's a case of entertain or play, if you can't play, I'm not interested."



Do you honestly think his perception doesn't take into account...
Forum: Drum Technique 02-06-2015, 06:13 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,932
Posted By JohnW
Re: Brush comping question

Your page 34 Syncopation exercise (p. 33 in the old book) is excellent. I'm used to a clockwise motion with my left hand and (more or less) counter-clockwise with my right. Reversing that is a bit...
Forum: Drum Technique 01-13-2015, 04:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 476
Posted By JohnW
Re: Need some help with teaching tuned percussion to a 7 year old

I had a little bit of experience teaching kids. What seemed to work best was to not get bogged down in explanations. Just set a couple of instruments up for her to play and rather than tell her...
Forum: Drum Technique 01-08-2015, 04:34 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,234
Posted By JohnW
Re: How to build up weaker hand?

In general, I think you should play using both hands. Yes, occasionally isolate the left hand if you have problems. But I imagine that most of the music you want to play involves right and left...
Forum: General Discussion 12-26-2014, 11:00 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 703
Posted By JohnW
Re: About getting paid

The art of negotiation- always an interesting topic...

I went on your Instagram page and right on the top line it says, "DRUMMER FOR HIRE". You're a good drummer who's able to play a variety of...
Forum: General Discussion 12-21-2014, 05:18 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,512
Posted By JohnW
Re: The "Jimi Hendrix of drums"

Great balls of Odin. Tony Williams isn't that creative, musically?!? His style of drumming is, "...trains pulling a load"?

Even with the hindsight of fifty plus years and all the people who were...
Forum: Drummers 12-20-2014, 02:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,478
Posted By JohnW
Re: Peppe Merolla

Holy Moly! I guess I need a few more characters to post so, "Holy Moly!"
Forum: General Discussion 12-19-2014, 06:30 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,512
Posted By JohnW
Re: The "Jimi Hendrix of drums"

Mitch Mitchell? ;-)

If it were a 60's rock drummer, I'd guess Keith Moon because he was so free, powerful and unique.

Or it could be Tony Williams because I read an interview where he said he...
Forum: Drum Technique 12-16-2014, 08:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 483
Posted By JohnW
Re: Practicing the chaal

Sometimes just hearing another music tradition can open up another avenue to play in. So just listen to as many types of music as possible. But at some point, really focus on one. It doesn't...
Forum: Drummers 12-12-2014, 03:26 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,551
Posted By JohnW
Re: Thoughts On Phil Collins??

Phil's Career in photographic history:
Forum: General Discussion 12-06-2014, 04:25 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,504
Posted By JohnW
Re: Are you a drum person or a cymbal person

Just to pile on. Wow. I've heard of him (and Matt Nolan) but to watch him go through the process is amazing. I know, OSHA would not be happy that he's not wearing safety goggles. :) But it's like...
Forum: General Discussion 12-02-2014, 05:57 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 965
Posted By JohnW
Re: Most important lessons for beginners

Yes, absolutely. Whatever it is that sparked the fire to get you to want to play should drive you. It has to have that balance.
Forum: General Discussion 12-02-2014, 05:35 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 965
Posted By JohnW
Re: Most important lessons for beginners

I don't think a "beginner" has to worry about order of importance. If a sincere, driven beginner joins forces with a good teacher, all they have to do is surrender their ego and open up to whatever...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-29-2014, 05:22 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,857
Posted By JohnW
Re: Confusion on rolls - open or closed?

If you're commenting on my video, apologies as the sticks aren't pitch paired. But that is how we play buzz rolls in the pipe band world and they've worked for me in competition settings and the...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-29-2014, 05:54 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,857
Posted By JohnW
Re: Confusion on rolls - open or closed?

We have a different concept of what a buzz roll is. I just threw this together, so forgive the sloppiness:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=og7NWO-HFlg&feature=youtu.be
Forum: Drum Technique 11-28-2014, 11:28 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,857
Posted By JohnW
Re: Confusion on rolls - open or closed?

While we're beating a dead horse, here are a couple of things to add to the confusion. (And I don't want to flame contention, I just want to highlight some of the fascinating history of these...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-26-2014, 03:07 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,857
Posted By JohnW
Re: Confusion on rolls - open or closed?

A horror show involving search and rescue, cannibalism, lawsuits...

It has an old school connotation from the days when buzz rolls weren't common. So from now on I'll use 'slow to fast to slow'.
Forum: Drum Technique 11-26-2014, 12:05 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,857
Posted By JohnW
Re: Confusion on rolls - open or closed?

They can be done with any rudiment. You usually hear it with the long roll, though. Some schools of thought play breakdowns just "Open - Close" or slow to fast. As soon as you get to top speed you...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-25-2014, 11:18 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,857
Posted By JohnW
Re: Confusion on rolls - open or closed?

You're right, Todd. If someone says, "play a closed roll", I assume they mean play a buzzed or multiple bounce roll. The exception I hear is in the context of a breakdown.

Now in the Pipe Band...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-25-2014, 09:18 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,857
Posted By JohnW
Re: Confusion on rolls - open or closed?

The only qualification I'd make to the word "closed" is when performing a traditional rudimental breakdown. If you play a rudiment played slow to fast to slow, you'll also hear it referred to as...
Forum: General Discussion 11-16-2014, 11:08 PM
Replies: 254
Views: 9,648
Posted By JohnW
Re: Possibly my first serious thread. Sexism.

In the world of Bagpipes and Pipe Bands, there have been numerous changes.

Centuries ago, if a woman were caught playing the Great Highland Bagpipes, she would have had her hands cut off. To be...
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