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Forum: Drum Technique 01-13-2015, 05:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 310
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, 05:34 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 920
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 12-27-2014, 12:00 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 594
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, 06:18 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 1,949
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, 03:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,141
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, 07:30 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 1,949
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, 09:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 370
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, 04:26 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,827
Posted By JohnW
Re: Thoughts On Phil Collins??

Phil's Career in photographic history:
Forum: General Discussion 12-06-2014, 05:25 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,149
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, 06:57 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 859
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, 06:35 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 859
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, 06:22 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,536
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, 06:54 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,536
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 11-29-2014, 12:28 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,536
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, 04:07 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,536
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, 01:05 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,536
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 11-26-2014, 12:18 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,536
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, 10:18 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,536
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 11-17-2014, 12:08 AM
Replies: 253
Views: 7,924
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...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-15-2014, 06:51 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 550
Posted By JohnW
Re: Resources for non-traditional snare technique

Ionization by Varèse:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9mg4KHqRPw

John Cage:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwYh8bOiJ20

Pierre Schaeffer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuALNiUspjs

Oh yes,...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-15-2014, 02:16 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 550
Posted By JohnW
Re: Resources for non-traditional snare technique

Florian Alexandru Zorn's Brush Secrets is one. JoJo Mayer has some videos about how to get effect sounds on the snare. Mel Brown has some YouTube videos where he demonstrates Philly Joe Jone's...
Forum: General Discussion 11-14-2014, 08:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 761
Posted By JohnW
Re: Explanation of Rock & Roll...

This should be government issue for any drummer about to go to blues jam night. Or any drummer period.
Forum: General Discussion 11-12-2014, 09:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 325
Posted By JohnW
Re: Elvin Jones's "Puttin' It Together" Available in MP3 Format

Absolutely. It really was the "gateway" album for me and I actually heard it before any Coltrane quartet stuff. It blew me away how-I can't find the right words-how perfectly integrated, balanced,...
Forum: General Discussion 11-05-2014, 10:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 476
Posted By JohnW
Re: "Drummer" A Minimal Drum Machine for iPhone

You had me at "Free", Scott!

I just downloaded it and took all of 10 seconds to get something going on it. Very fun little app!

BTW, I know this is the wrong thread for this, but I always...
Forum: General Discussion 11-04-2014, 10:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,006
Posted By JohnW
Re: Minor "Stick Control" Revision

Yes I do, Andrew! It covers so many useful combinations of sticking and those that it misses can easily be "coded" to make up for anything missing. But I might have ordered a few things...
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