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Forum: General Discussion 03-19-2015, 08:58 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 697
Posted By John Lamb
Re: Last piece of gear you forgot?

Drum throne top. I keep it n my snare bag, but decided to bring a different snare... :( I'm usually good about the checklist, but was in a rush. No worries - I brought my cajon, too so i just sat a...
Forum: General Discussion 03-18-2015, 10:58 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 6,813
Posted By John Lamb
Re: Is it OK to talk about the movie "Whiplash" yet?

That is the brilliant part of the movie! I personally know many pro musicians that deeply and profoundly believe that either you have it or you don't. They won't go around beating up anyone... but...
Forum: General Discussion 03-18-2015, 10:36 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,005
Posted By John Lamb
Re: Anti-Slip Drumsticks?

I'm sure others have mentioned this but...

Slipping is good! To play the drums, you need the stick to move. The tighter you hold the stick, the more you keep your sticks from moving. You want the...
Forum: General Discussion 03-18-2015, 10:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 436
Posted By John Lamb
Re: Toms on the Backbeat

Yup. A snare is a tom with a snare (as in trap, like animal trap for snaring rabbits) laid on top... or the bottom if you are the Swiss Army.

The backbeat is fundamental, not an innovation. You...
Forum: Drum Technique 02-10-2015, 07:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 515
Posted By John Lamb
Re: Help! Left hand doubles in jazz comping

Try the paradiddlediddle in the following format.... RLLRLR RLLRLR. This defines the right hand as the swing pattern and the left hand just plays the off notes. It isn't a solution to your problem,...
Forum: Drum Technique 02-06-2015, 06:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 902
Posted By John Lamb
Re: Question about hand technique on the texas shuffle

+1 for the need for a definition... what exactly are you trying to play?

For me, I'd think shuffling on the snare and quarters, swing pattern or shuffle on the ride in a loose, sloppy way. For...
Forum: Drum Technique 02-04-2015, 07:59 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,975
Posted By John Lamb
Re: am I the last one to know about this technique for playing lower volume on cymbals?

This is why the edge of the cymbal feels like that....


Volume is the amount of air moved by sound, and I've always felt the edge of the cymbal...
Forum: General Discussion 02-03-2015, 08:09 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,157
Posted By John Lamb
Re: Letting go vs focusing

That is wonderful, obviously. Following the instructions (i.e. playing the notes on the page correctly) is not music making. If you include music making in your definition of "getting it right", then...
Forum: General Discussion 02-03-2015, 07:34 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,157
Posted By John Lamb
Re: Letting go vs focusing

Thanks!!!!!! I'd love to know what you think about it.
Forum: General Discussion 01-10-2015, 09:37 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 6,717
Posted By John Lamb
Re: Meytal Cohen? She plays, right?

It is easy to forget how very very few female drummers there were at Karen Carpenter's time... I'm sure she would have played drums a lot more if she were let out her box more. Drums are still a...
Forum: General Discussion 01-09-2015, 08:51 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,176
Posted By John Lamb
Re: Acoustic vs electronic drums: are they catching up?

I get to play on the top of the line Roland in a venue with top of the line sound... it is still not the same. However, when doing something OTHER than the same, its fabulous. There are so many...
Forum: General Discussion 01-04-2015, 06:13 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,157
Posted By John Lamb
Re: Letting go vs focusing

Absolutely. If you want a scientific, analytic explanation of why this is true, check out my book :) ("The A Matter of Time: The science of rhythm and the groove" one)

Rhythm is a state of mind....
Forum: Drum Technique 12-30-2014, 10:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 799
Posted By John Lamb
Re: A revelation about my weak hand

yeah the real drum covers up a lot. Its also one reason why pianists sound better at a piano than a synth... Steve Gadd learned on blocks of wood, btw.
Forum: Drum Technique 12-30-2014, 10:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 663
Posted By John Lamb
Re: Help with posture


This has helped me tremendously as well. I studied a version of Alexander Technique specifically designed for musicians, which you can see here.

Forum: Drum Technique 12-30-2014, 10:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 964
Posted By John Lamb
Re: Balance point for playing heel up...

Try working on your sitting balance. If your torso is effectively balanced on the seat, then your legs will be free to move. If you slouch forward then some of the weight of your torso will lean on...
Forum: General Discussion 12-30-2014, 10:33 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,370
Posted By John Lamb

Tony Williams : Wilderness
Herbie Hancock : New Standard (Don Alias's percussion work)
Forum: General Discussion 12-30-2014, 10:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 645
Posted By John Lamb
Re: Dealing with spine problems - experiences, advice

There's no reason to just go quietly into the night.

I have not had back issues that you describe, but I have had arm issues that led me to totally re-work my technique and posture for the...
Forum: General Discussion 12-30-2014, 09:42 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 789
Posted By John Lamb
Re: Let's Talk Definitions

For something to be music it needs to be heard and it needs to have an effect. The effect sounds have on people may be music. Therefore the sound of windshield wipers may be music. Clocks, too.
Forum: General Discussion 12-26-2014, 09:00 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 827
Posted By John Lamb
Re: Is it wrong to ask...

I've found music is a lot of things to a lot of people. Where I come from, musically, it is a compliment at worst to get offered a gig. Never had any issues from people in side projects, except when...
Forum: General Discussion 12-12-2014, 09:03 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,079
Posted By John Lamb
Re: The being fired or quitting thread

I've been hired just so I could be fired.

The gig is as part of the house band, pays a living wage and then some. At the time it had been a few months since my last regular gig and I needed the...
Forum: General Discussion 12-08-2014, 08:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 414
Posted By John Lamb
Re: I've had tendonitis in my wrists for the last year and half. I just joined a band. Advice?


You'll need to do the same thing with the way you type if typing is also causing problems.
Forum: General Discussion 12-07-2014, 09:46 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 6,813
Posted By John Lamb
Re: Is it OK to talk about the movie "Whiplash" yet?

oh... its fine to say "good job" and better to say "Good work" ... but pretty devastating to say "You've got so much talent!" Telling people that they got where they are because of "talent" or...
Forum: General Discussion 12-07-2014, 09:42 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 6,813
Posted By John Lamb
Re: Is it OK to talk about the movie "Whiplash" yet?

Great movie.

Olympic coaches hand out 3X as many "Good Jobs" than constructive criticism.

At the same time, they hand out criticism. It doesn't help students to tell them a good job wasn't...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-18-2014, 08:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,066
Posted By John Lamb
Re: problems with tremolos on xhylaphone

Yes. *smacks forehead* Sorry I automatically assumed tremelo with 2 sticks in one hand. My bad! :o
Forum: General Discussion 11-18-2014, 06:19 PM
Replies: 254
Views: 9,260
Posted By John Lamb
Re: Possibly my first serious thread. Sexism.

There is, without a doubt, a lot of sexism in the music industry - especially from the over 40 crowd. However, I can't help but think that part of what you are experiencing has elements of a general...
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