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Forum: Drum Technique 09-14-2014, 09:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 488
Posted By John Lamb
Re: Hand Pain

I think I have a pretty good guess.

It is clear from the video that there is a lot of tension in your arms. Imagine snapping your fingers, but pausing right before the middle finger slides off...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-13-2014, 04:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 480
Posted By John Lamb
Re: Redundancy Levels Between Common Method Books?

All you really need is page 1+2 in Syncopation. Everything else is an application of that, mathematically speaking. Oh, and whatever page has the triplets permutated out. You need that too. Benny...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-13-2014, 04:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 254
Posted By John Lamb
Re: ?'s about traditional technique

Great video! I'd caution against actually resting your arm on the table, however. Fixing the arm like that prevents the fluid movement of the arm, and eliminates any chance of developing the whip...
Forum: General Discussion 09-13-2014, 04:25 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 195
Posted By John Lamb

I just wanted to post a word of warning.

To make a long story short, I tried advertising my drum lessons studio with Yelp, and now I'm suing them.

They told me a lot of things that sounded...
Forum: General Discussion 09-13-2014, 01:07 AM
Replies: 153
Views: 9,711
Posted By John Lamb
Re: Where Do You Fit? - Poll

I worked solely as a performer for years, but these days most of my money is through teaching drums. I still count that in the pro category, though. I'm also writing books on drums and rhythm, but...
Forum: General Discussion 09-12-2014, 10:21 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 556
Posted By John Lamb
Re: Is this suspicious?

Or maybe even let Mike Johnston know about it!

If he is only selling the one copy, and is not keeping the files for himself it may be perfectly legal (although maybe not) because you can resell...
Forum: General Discussion 09-12-2014, 12:55 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 3,268
Posted By John Lamb
Re: Ringo's Drumming: Harder Than It Looks

Did you ever hear any of the recordings of the Beatles with their previous drummer? Stock patterns, all.

Ringo is a true pioneer in many ways, and the Beatles never would have been as good with...
Forum: General Discussion 08-25-2014, 09:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 578
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: 578
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.
Forum: General Discussion 08-23-2014, 11:52 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,444
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: 5,663
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: 5,663
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: 170
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: 2,083
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: 1,041
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: 2,144
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: 878
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: 1,747
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: 1,344
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: 1,043
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: 2,041
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: 794
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: 1,674
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: 1,674
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: 3,187
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...
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