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Forum: General Discussion 09-11-2014, 06:48 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 960
Posted By eddypierce
Re: The Speed Obsession

Al Jackson, Jr.:

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jh6qxos8v7o

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9cRvg1jaBk
Forum: Drum Technique 09-09-2014, 06:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 422
Posted By eddypierce
Re: Hi Hat Technique

Joe Morello discusses this technique in his second Hot Licks video. I think he also did an MD article back in the 1990's that gave some exercises for it.
Forum: Drum Technique 09-02-2014, 07:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 483
Posted By eddypierce
Re: Q: Practice trading 4 and 12 bars blue

Elvin trading 4's on a 12 bar blues (with a full solo chorus at the end): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGg_fnwc6S8

Here's Max soloing on a 12 bar blues--the first two chorus are a 4-8 trade,...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-02-2014, 05:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 483
Posted By eddypierce
Re: Q: Practice trading 4 and 12 bars blue

Usually when trading fours with a band on a 12 bar blues, you don't do anything differently than you would on a 32 bar song form: play 4 bars of time, 4 bars of solo, then another 4 bars of time. On...
Forum: Drum Technique 08-29-2014, 11:13 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 8,423
Posted By eddypierce
Re: how to use Stick Control

My basic routine these days is pretty basic: 30 minutes a day (when I can) on the single beats section, broken up with 10 minutes each on full strokes, half strokes and low strokes. I'll play each...
Forum: General Discussion 08-28-2014, 09:40 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 587
Posted By eddypierce
Re: Pacific Northwest drummers' thread

I'm in the Portland area. I play around 2-4 times per week on average (mostly blues, R&B or jazz), and have been playing drums over 25 years. I'm originally from Eureka (in Northern California), but...
Forum: Drum Technique 08-26-2014, 12:23 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 488
Posted By eddypierce
Re: Some Fine Blues Drumming early 60s

Actually, I think the opposite was true--I think that Wells was really influenced by James Brown in the early 1960's, and that's where he got most of those moves (even though Wells came on the scene...
Forum: General Discussion 08-16-2014, 01:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 567
Posted By eddypierce
Re: 30 songs in 6 days.

I write a lot of cheat charts for songs that I have to learn. If I have time, I'll write a full chart--I usually listen to it once and write down the basic structure (intro, vs, chorus, bridge, etc.)...
Forum: Drum Technique 08-12-2014, 12:11 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,201
Posted By eddypierce
Re: My sense of time and accuracy sucks. How to practice?

Just wanted to chime in by agreeing with the idea of practicing things very slowly (which Tony and others have also emphasized). I've spent a fair amount of time practicing drum set grooves as well...
Forum: General Discussion 07-24-2014, 06:58 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,315
Posted By eddypierce
Re: The session guys!

Also Panama Francis. He played on a huge amount of R&B, pop and rock and roll sides in the 50's and early 60's.
Forum: General Discussion 07-03-2014, 08:24 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 972
Posted By eddypierce
Re: Al Jackson jr break in Turn You Loose. . . sounds simple . . .

I think perhaps why you're confused is by the presence of the tied notes. There is not a separate attack on the note that is tied to the one before it; the tie just means that the note is held out...
Forum: General Discussion 05-22-2014, 01:40 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,244
Posted By eddypierce
Re: Preparing for a covers band

I'd like to second this. I know that people learn differently, but I've written a lot of cheat charts in my day, and I've found that for me just the act of writing them down helps solidify the...
Forum: General Discussion 05-18-2014, 09:39 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,412
Posted By eddypierce
Re: The Muscle Shoals Sound

In addition to the Southern Soul tunes that he played on (Aretha, Pickett, Percy Sledge's "When A Man Loves a Woman", the Staples' "I'll Take You There," etc.) I also dig his hip playing on some of...
Forum: Drum Technique 05-16-2014, 12:17 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,541
Posted By eddypierce
Re: Triple Stroke Roll - The Gateway Rudiment?

Nice ideas, John. Your "paradiddle sequence" exercise made me want to expand on that by suggesting that you could also practice this kind of variation using the first 3 pages of Stick Control, by...
Forum: Drum Technique 05-04-2014, 11:16 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 944
Posted By eddypierce
Re: Getting the most out of the Chaffee books.

I've practiced out of Time Functioning Patterns a fair amount, but mostly just the first two sections (the rock ostinato section, and the first part of the jazz section). Besides practicing it the...
Forum: General Discussion 04-29-2014, 06:40 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,141
Posted By eddypierce
Re: Nice...or not so much

Of all the drummers that I've met (not that I'm met a huge amount of big name players), one that stood out for me was Don Alias. Just a humble, friendly, sweet guy. I met him before a jazz festival...
Forum: General Discussion 04-28-2014, 11:00 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 864
Posted By eddypierce
Re: Brain Fart :-)

Well, you're in good company at least--Tony Williams plays a superimposed 4/4 on the tune for over half the length of the Miles Davis version (off of Miles Smiles).
Forum: Drum Technique 04-26-2014, 01:26 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,688
Posted By eddypierce
Re: Ugh! I hate my feet!

I'm not the best at the samba pattern at brisk tempos myself. This doesn't address your question (i.e., how to play the bass drum pattern better, for which I'd recommend you read the advice of Todd...
Forum: General Discussion 04-18-2014, 12:50 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 554
Posted By eddypierce
Re: Thinking outside of 'sticking patterns' - Inspired by Casey Scheuerell

That book is great. A lot of these types of exercises (i.e., starting with a rhythmic line, and using that as the basis for orchestrations) originated with Alan Dawson, who applied them to Ted Reed's...
Forum: Drum Technique 04-03-2014, 11:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 908
Posted By eddypierce
Re: Jazz: Following the form questions

This topic reminds me of something Bob Moses says in his book Drum Wisdom (I'm paraphrasing from memory, so I hope I don't misrepresent his words). He says that our primary job as drummers when...
Forum: General Discussion 03-13-2014, 10:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 749
Posted By eddypierce
Re: Help needed from you Blues Boys

Yeah, I should have listed Earl Palmer, who is one of my favorite drummers. I tend to think of him as an R&B/New Orleans/rock and roll drummer more than a "blues" drummer, but he could play anything,...
Forum: General Discussion 03-13-2014, 06:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 749
Posted By eddypierce
Re: Help needed from you Blues Boys

Here are some good older blues drummers to check out:

Fred Below (a ton of people in Chicago--check out Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson records that he's on)
Odie Payne (another guy on a...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-12-2014, 11:35 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 981
Posted By eddypierce
Re: Concentration Question

If that's the case, you might want to check out some live albums featuring Al Jackson, Jr.'s drumming (I look for any opportunity to talk about this stuff). Here are some of them (all of them except...
Forum: General Discussion 03-12-2014, 10:52 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,464
Posted By eddypierce
Re: My story about competing in the International Blues Challenge

They moved us to Flynn's for the semi-finals. It was nice to experience a different venue from the previous two nights.

Did you notice the guy playing drums behind the gospel singer, and also the...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-12-2014, 09:27 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 981
Posted By eddypierce
Re: Concentration Question

I thought you might find that helpful. :-)

As for the audience, this was from a performance in Oslo, Norway. Steve Cropper has said that in London they were mobbed on this tour, but many of the...
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