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Forum: General Discussion 09-14-2014, 03:18 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,594
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: Drummers that can't tune drums.

It's a shame that no practical single tension system has ever been developed for the drums that truly worked. It's just a much more complex system than tensioning a string until a desired pitch is...
Forum: General Discussion 09-14-2014, 02:28 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 2,698
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: Completely out of touch old fart irrelevant opinion - but,

Really? Not to pick on you but that seems like a very closed minded viewpoint to have.

I can't imagine how "bad" is ever better than "good".

As drummers, who play on instruments of...
Forum: General Discussion 09-13-2014, 10:22 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 2,698
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: Completely out of touch old fart irrelevant opinion - but,

Who said I didn't appreciate it? I'd appreciate you not putting words in my mouth.

I dated an agent whose clients were some pretty big pro DJ's in Brooklyn. One guys in particular was making...
Forum: General Discussion 09-12-2014, 09:50 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 2,698
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: Completely out of touch old fart irrelevant opinion - but,

JoJo Mayer said it best when he said that somewhere along the line the drummer lost the lead voice in the development of new rhythms and it went to dj's.

The truth is, those shows have awesome...
Forum: General Discussion 09-11-2014, 09:05 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 937
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: The Speed Obsession

None of the good players that I know are "obsessed" with speed.

They are obsessed with sounding great.

This is not a real issue, there is not a significant percentage of experienced drummers...
Forum: General Discussion 09-09-2014, 12:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 470
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: More amazing Simon - "most farmer's wives in Bulgaria dance in 9/8"!

I googled "Bulgarian farm wife" and this came up:

http://seriousbusinessdaily.blogspot.com/2010/12/bulgarian-farmers-calender-2011-nsfw.html

NSFW but funny.
Forum: Drum Technique 09-08-2014, 11:18 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 779
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: I Play Better When I Donít Practice

That's a legendary quote from the violinist Jascha Heifetz.

"If I don't practice one day, I know it; two days, the critics know it; three days, the public knows it."

I notice that if I...
Forum: General Discussion 09-07-2014, 02:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 556
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: Amazing (old) studio footage - Simon Phillips with The Coors :)

One of my heroes displaying an incredible degree of musicianship.

Whenever anyone brings up the "chops vs groove" argument, I think of my man Simon and smile.

Thanks for this Henri.

BTW,...
Forum: Drum Technique 08-31-2014, 01:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 488
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: Hand Pain

Bill Bachman is the guy you should be going to.

From what I can see it looks like you are squeezing too much up front at the thumb-index fulcrum. Except for finger control and delicate playing...
Forum: General Discussion 08-31-2014, 01:36 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 736
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: Shoes with Elastic Bands: Yes or No?

Lots of metal guys wear Nike Free (black of course)
Forum: General Discussion 08-31-2014, 01:00 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,350
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: Poll: do you double bass?

I'm a 7. I first played over 200 BPM over 25 years ago. I'm not playing as many straight 16th note runs anymore as much as hand foot combos. There are kids out now that can just smoke me on pure...
Forum: General Discussion 08-30-2014, 12:52 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 701
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: Questions about kick drum heads

It most definitely will change the tone of the drum, whether that is good or bad is another story.
Forum: General Discussion 08-29-2014, 11:40 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 1,614
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: Musically, what are you involved with at the present?

1. How many bands are you in? Two

2. What kind of music does each band play? Instrumentation?: Sunlord, a metal band. Begorrah, an Irish-rock band. Both bands are power trios with either guitar or...
Forum: Drum Technique 08-25-2014, 12:12 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,369
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: THE AMBIDEXTROUS THREAD

It's definitely not an all or nothing issue and I would assume that the distribution of ambidexterity is a bell curve.

We are starting to reach some theoretical points here, however. While it is...
Forum: General Discussion 08-24-2014, 03:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 578
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: Matched Grip Question

Send Bill Bachman a PM, check out his site, Drumworkout.com, or take a few Skype lessons with him.

He knows more about this stuff than anyone living, man. The guy's an encyclopedia of hand...
Forum: Drum Technique 08-24-2014, 02:39 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,369
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: THE AMBIDEXTROUS THREAD

Yes, but I specifically stated that the left could not be better than the right throughout all possible motions. Your example is merely one "motion".

The plasticity of the human brain is...
Forum: General Discussion 08-23-2014, 01:20 PM
Replies: 168
Views: 3,552
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: More Creative on a Smaller Kit

I find the whole concept of looking at material things as being either a barrier to or an enhancer of creativity as being rather strange and not at all what actually happens in my mind when I create....
Forum: Drum Technique 08-22-2014, 12:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 528
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: A fun and useful method for devoting independent coordination

You are right in that what he's doing sounds like Chafee's stuff. I can imagine some people being bored by practicing New Breed et al. I can practice paradiddles in 7 for 2 hours and be fine but I...
Forum: Drum Technique 08-21-2014, 02:56 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,369
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: THE AMBIDEXTROUS THREAD

Even if you practiced for thousands of hours, you could never get your weak hand to be better than your primary hand through the entire range of possible motions.

Vinnie has said it, Simon has as...
Forum: Drum Technique 08-16-2014, 10:44 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,857
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: Open handed technique

Has this thread has now degraded into a silly semantic argument about the definition of "open handed"?

This thread is a perfect example of missing the forest for the trees.
Forum: General Discussion 08-12-2014, 12:18 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 947
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: Drummers are the smartest musicians

It seems to me that with a few little word substitutions, this article could be about practically any group of people on earth.

"Weapons grade Bullsh*t" is an excellent phrase, Jim.
Forum: Drum Technique 08-10-2014, 12:46 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,083
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: What technique changed your drumming dramatically?

Learning how to play double strokes well. It seems to me that there is a great dividing line between those drummers that have doubles and don't. The level of expression is much greater when you are...
Forum: Drums 08-08-2014, 08:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 576
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: Drum capo?

I initially misread the title as "Drum Cape?" and got all excited.

Damn...
Forum: Drum Technique 08-05-2014, 04:14 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,857
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: Open handed technique

Ok, OK maybe I did play the devil's advocate role to the extreme but my simple motive was to try to point out that technical issues are not necessarily key to the musical ones. It is possible to...
Forum: Drum Technique 08-05-2014, 01:22 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,857
Posted By Jeff Almeyda
Re: Open handed technique

Bro, maybe lighten up a little bit?

What Todd is basically saying ( and I was to a lesser degree) is that mere technical issues of which this is one) are NOT nearly as important as the deeper...
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