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Forum: Drum Technique 01-12-2009, 11:00 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,603
Posted By dea
Re: Rudiments

If you want to master the drums you need the rudiments. Rudiments can be incorporated into every aspect of your playing in a tasteful way. Every beat I play has rudiments in them in some way, shape...
Forum: General Discussion 01-12-2009, 10:53 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,014
Posted By dea
Re: martial arts and drumming

Tsun Jo Wing Chun Gung Fu ( new kung fu ). A modified form of Wing Chun. The rapid fire straight punching and quick simultaneous snap kicking has really helped me control my hands and feet together.
Forum: Drum Technique 01-12-2009, 10:40 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 10,322
Posted By dea
Re: Amateur Mistakes

Hitting the cymbals without bass drum is not necessarily a mistake.
Forum: Drum Technique 07-09-2008, 09:52 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 8,701
Posted By dea
Re: Slowly learning to play open handed

Ideally, it is best to have both hands equally strong. In reality, this requires a tremendous amount of time to accomplish, and each person must balance their needs with their available time. Not...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-09-2008, 08:12 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 8,701
Posted By dea
Re: Slowly learning to play open handed

I know. I do need to put something together. I owe you since I spend so much time spouting off on this site. Hehehe...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-09-2008, 05:57 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,486
Posted By dea
Re: Surf Drums

Listen to Elvis - Little Sister for an example.
Forum: Drum Technique 07-09-2008, 05:14 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,339
Posted By dea
Re: Mental Imagery as a practice tool

I always imagine a parallelogram as seen from above myself.
Forum: Drum Technique 07-09-2008, 05:01 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 8,701
Posted By dea
Re: Slowly learning to play open handed

This is exactly what I have done. I felt open, and closed were the two extremes. I found the middle ground by moving my hat out in front of the snare and just off center to the right. My ride...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-27-2008, 09:31 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,088
Posted By dea
Re: Hi-hats playing with left arm?

It is not a requirement that you dedicate a single hand to the hat. I haven't for a long long time now. Alternating on the hat naturally lead to alternating on the snare, which also opened up a...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-27-2008, 09:00 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,451
Posted By dea
Re: The New Breed and the Importance of Singing

Singing what your playing is soooooo important.
Forum: General Discussion 06-23-2008, 08:31 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,551
Posted By dea
Re: Backing Bass Player's Solos?

*** Support, but stay down. ***

That is the general rule I follow all the time, everytime. The operative word is support. You must support the soloist. How you do this should be in your own...
Forum: General Discussion 06-23-2008, 06:59 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 9,048
Posted By dea
Re: Don't use a metronome?

Metros are necessary, but can be limited to practice only. You must be comfortable with strict time in order to master and exploit the breathing room used to create your own unique feel.
Forum: Drum Technique 06-19-2008, 12:03 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,333
Posted By dea
Re: Left Foot Independence?

Wavelength hit the nail on the head.

If I may suggest something to try though... If you start by playing a pattern of alternating splash and chup, I believe you will accelerate your learning. ...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-18-2008, 05:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,849
Posted By dea
Re: Practicing in an apartment

E kits are great for your situation. I own a Yamaha DTXTREME IIs for my quiet practice sessions, and although I prefer the pad style - due to my rudimental background - the mesh style will be...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-18-2008, 05:19 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 5,634
Posted By dea
Re: i want to start jazz or swing drumming

I still think, "Creative Timekeeping", by Rick Mattingly is my favorite jazz book. This book starts with a focus on the ride cymbal only ( accents, broken time ), and with ample detail to carry the...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-16-2008, 07:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,630
Posted By dea
Re: Syncopation & Coordination

If you want to make creative use of your hat, your band mates need to keep time themselves. You are just there as an anchor. Tapping out quarters or eights with the hat is too boring and will...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-16-2008, 07:25 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,173
Posted By dea
Re: Triplets, Quadrupalets w/ Single Bass?

Look up Vruk pedal if you want to perform true accented triplets with a single pedal.
Forum: General Discussion 06-12-2008, 10:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,373
Posted By dea
Re: Deep tom sounds :)

I tune the resonance heads lower so as to retain as much bounce from the batter head as possible.
Forum: General Discussion 06-11-2008, 10:47 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,382
Posted By dea
Re: Lefty Drummers Vs Right Handed Drumers - Gig Situations

The traditional kit setup is obsolete and hindering.
Forum: General Discussion 06-11-2008, 10:44 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,382
Posted By dea
Re: Lefty Drummers Vs Right Handed Drumers - Gig Situations

Playing left vs. right handed is a bit different because it is dependent more kit configuration more than grip type, etc.
Forum: Drums 06-09-2008, 09:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 8,330
Posted By dea
Re: 42 Strand Snare Wires

I just replaced my Gibralter xtra wide ( i think their 42 strand ) snares for some DW truesounds on my 1980/81 Ludwig Black Beauty. I was taken aback at just how much better the DW truesounds...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-09-2008, 09:21 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,676
Posted By dea
Re: Switching between 3 and 4 Feels

I wouldn't say this is too technical, and I would also say this is a general skill that will implicitly and explicitly help you with every facet of your playing.

I use my metronome to practice...
Forum: Drum Technique 05-30-2008, 12:10 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,686
Posted By dea
Re: How did you learn to play?

Started private lessons in 1978, and continued for 5 years. Learned; rudiments, reading/writing and jazz drumming exclusively. My teacher was not a rock drummer by any stretch of the imagination. ...
Forum: Drum Technique 05-22-2008, 06:46 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 6,056
Posted By dea
Re: Care to ask me about "latin" grooves?

Ditto. Latin rhythms are quite challenging. And for you to offer your expert advise deserves respect. My hats off to you sir.

Would you be so kind as to recommend some swing - and bop -...
Forum: Drum Technique 05-16-2008, 11:43 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 6,583
Posted By dea
Re: Left foot clave is soooo last year...

Not fixed to every 4th beat. Other neat things can be done as well.
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