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Forum: Drum Technique 09-10-2014, 01:57 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 354
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Drum Lessons: Live or On-Line?

I agree with Bermuda. Although finding a qualified, experienced teacher is the goal. If you let us know what area you are in, maybe someone here can suggest a teacher close to you.

Jeff
Forum: Drum Technique 09-09-2014, 07:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 383
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Hi Hat Technique

Here is a video from Steve Fidyk. The tutorial starts at 1:17

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSoWozC5eR4

Jeff
Forum: General Discussion 09-07-2014, 07:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 468
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Adware?

When I first read this post, it was not happening. Now, the same page you mentioned has popped up numerous times today.

Jeff
Forum: Drum Technique 09-07-2014, 06:11 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 676
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Jazz ride pattern - looking for good advanced technique videos on YouTube

This is a great explanation of ride cymbal phrasing from Steve Fidyk.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3pmbtlVgww

Jeff
Forum: Drum Technique 08-26-2014, 05:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 432
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Memorizing Marching Music

Record the rehearsals. It will not only help you to memorize your part - it will also help you see how your part fits in with the entire ensemble.

If the show was purchased, you may be able to...
Forum: General Discussion 08-24-2014, 12:54 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,161
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Potential drummer; have a maybe controversial question

You can also but mesh heads separately. So you can buy just about any drum set and use mesh heads or Sound-off style mufflers. Here are some options:
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Forum: General Discussion 08-14-2014, 06:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 636
Posted By jeffwj
Re: I highly recommend this book...and not only to jazz drummers

Sounds like a "must have". Is there an ISBN or publisher listed in the book? I'd really like to have some of the stores down here stock it.

Jeff
Forum: General Discussion 08-13-2014, 04:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 636
Posted By jeffwj
Re: I highly recommend this book...and not only to jazz drummers

How many pages is it? It looks THICK!

Jeff
Forum: General Discussion 08-13-2014, 04:27 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 636
Posted By jeffwj
Re: I highly recommend this book...and not only to jazz drummers

I found this. It looks like three places have it. But if you have the ISBN/publisher info, maybe forum members could order it from their local drum shop.
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Forum: Drum Technique 08-06-2014, 03:57 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,862
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Open handed technique

There was no sarcasm taken, Mike. That's the great thing about this forum - we discuss pros and cons (hopefully) without offending each other.

As a teacher, I try to keep up to date with as...
Forum: Drum Technique 08-06-2014, 02:15 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,862
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Open handed technique

Another question for those playing open (without remote hats).

Do you place the ride on the left side as well? That would seem to eliminate learning everything twice - with both left and right...
Forum: Drum Technique 08-03-2014, 05:04 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,862
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Open handed technique

For those who are in favor of open handed playing, I wonder what your feelings are about remote hi-hats. The thing that I keep see in this (and other) threads is the price. If remote stands were...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-29-2014, 01:32 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,050
Posted By jeffwj
Re: The 4 Real Rudiments - Control Stroke, Upstroke, Taps, and Rebounds

Yes, similar to closing the fingers to catch a ball, but not to the point of squeezing. You'll get the hang of it.

Jeff
Forum: Drum Technique 07-29-2014, 12:50 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,050
Posted By jeffwj
Re: The 4 Real Rudiments - Control Stroke, Upstroke, Taps, and Rebounds

For the downstroke, my back fingers draw a bit closer to the stick as I am throwing it down. It's as if I am lightly catching a ball - without squeezing.

Jeff
Forum: Drum Technique 07-28-2014, 02:57 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,050
Posted By jeffwj
Re: The 4 Real Rudiments - Control Stroke, Upstroke, Taps, and Rebounds

I don't squeeze in the fulcrum to stop the stick from rebounding. Squeezing for accents is found more in the Adler method.

I do bring my fingers in closer to the stick, however I don't choke...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-28-2014, 12:56 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,050
Posted By jeffwj
Re: The 4 Real Rudiments - Control Stroke, Upstroke, Taps, and Rebounds

The downstroke (or control stroke) should start the same way as a full stroke.

The full stroke utilizes the wrist as the main hinge. The fingers follow the stick, acting as "shock absorbers." ...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-27-2014, 04:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,050
Posted By jeffwj
Re: The 4 Real Rudiments - Control Stroke, Upstroke, Taps, and Rebounds

John Wooton is both an amazing player and educator. He does a great job with not only this video, but the entire Vic Firth rudiment series. I often have my students check out his videos. I also...
Forum: General Discussion 06-21-2014, 05:45 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,047
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Starting to teach.

Welcome to the forum!

Please don't take this the wrong way, but if you substitute the word "drumming" for any other topic you may see a bit of a dilemma. For example, what if someone said to you:...
Forum: General Discussion 06-06-2014, 02:33 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,747
Posted By jeffwj
Re: songs with leading toms

Come Together by the Beatles. Most people would know that - or at least know the Aerosmith version.

Jeff

Jeff W. Johnson
Forum: Drum Technique 05-31-2014, 05:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 951
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Jazz: Forms & Listening the soloist

If you learn the harmonies (chord changes), you should be able to keep your place in the music. The soloists are improvising over those changes.

Now's the Time is a 12 bar blues. It's...
Forum: Drum Technique 05-31-2014, 04:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 951
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Jazz: Forms & Listening the soloist

Have you ever played piano? Even having a rudimentary knowledge of piano will help you with hearing the chord changes and keeping your place within the form.

Jeff
Forum: General Discussion 05-28-2014, 03:51 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 438
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Percussive Arts Society

I am a member of PAS and write method book reviews for their journal, Percussive Notes. If you haven't been a member in a while, you may not know about the ePAS membership. It allows you to get the...
Forum: General Discussion 05-27-2014, 05:45 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,291
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Tabs Vs. Traditional Notation

Also, if you buy a drumming magazine or look at any drum book, it will be in musical notation - not tab. Take a look at the transcription part of this site.
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Forum: General Discussion 05-27-2014, 04:27 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,291
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Tabs Vs. Traditional Notation

Drum tabs originated from the lack of access to musical notation software. So to write something out on computer, they would write symbols such as -,x,+, and o. Tab is really not necessary today,...
Forum: General Discussion 05-25-2014, 06:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 531
Posted By jeffwj
Re: Xylophone pieces

If I may ask for the sake of clarity - Are you:

1. looking for music that is public domain or music that people have written themselves and (of their own accord) posted for public use?

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