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Forum: General Discussion Today, 02:44 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 475
Posted By BillBachman
Re: Drumming and tennis

I'm way into racquetball. The last time I played tennis I instinctively went for the back wall shot as the ball passed me only to launch it deep into the parking lot.

Seriously I have a hard time...
Forum: General Discussion 07-03-2015, 04:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 331
Posted By BillBachman
Re: The origin of the term "Gospel Chops"

I love this guy, he's a phenomenal as a player and a great guy as well. Chops & pocket all day long.
Forum: General Discussion 06-30-2015, 07:48 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 922
Posted By BillBachman
Re: How to stop playing slightly ahead of the beat?

I think this video may shed some light, or at least spur on more discussion.


As for your specific rushing/pushing ahead troubles, I try thinking...
Forum: General Discussion 06-29-2015, 07:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 606
Posted By BillBachman
Re: Chris Squire, Yes Bassist found dead

So sad, what a huge contribution he made! I'm thankful for all of the Yes music. Thanks Chris.
Forum: Drum Technique 06-25-2015, 03:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 501
Posted By BillBachman
Re: Keeping Time doing a (buzz) roll as a fill

When playing a buzz roll in time the primary strokes underneath the buzz need to be in time. For a smooth buzz sound, 16th notes around 120-130 works well. When not in that tempo range, try to find...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-03-2015, 04:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 496
Posted By BillBachman
Re: Any method for fast memorizing long and complex phrases

Good advice so far, but the main thing is repetition! Over and over and over again until it is insultingly easy to remember/recite/play etc.

Another thought, (and this may seem weird, but it's...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-03-2015, 04:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 575
Posted By BillBachman
Re: Playing both hands in perfect unison

The key to playing clean double stops (unisons) is matching technique, velocity and stick height in each hand.

If one hand is using more fingers (usually the right) and the other more wrist...
Forum: General Discussion 05-29-2015, 05:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 486
Posted By BillBachman
Re: Master of Puppets with St Anger snare

It sounds like the snare is just coming through a room mike from 12 feet away. I like other things more.
Forum: General Discussion 05-29-2015, 05:40 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,029
Posted By BillBachman
Re: How does Gavin do this?

Gavin and the band were all clicked in for sure. AND, I'll bet that Gavin programmed the "click" with vocal cues for the band counting off the hits and such.

I saw him in clinic and he was talking...
Forum: General Discussion 05-28-2015, 04:19 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,029
Posted By BillBachman
Re: How does Gavin do this?

I noticed some talk of hairtas in his solo. There are the obvious ones he plays on his feet under the mini-chimes part, but then there's the cool variation at 2:53: his hands play the rlr, and then...
Forum: Drummers 05-26-2015, 05:27 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,346
Posted By BillBachman
Re: Thoughts On Phil Collins??

Phil Collins is by far my biggest influence--he was my first drum hero as I was turned on to Genesis when I was in 6th or 7th grade. He was a monster drummer and that's still my favorite band of all...
Forum: Drum Technique 05-22-2015, 05:24 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 778
Posted By BillBachman
Re: So should you never bounce doubles?

Hi CantStopIt021! Here's a video I did a while back for Modern Drummer on the double stroke which will explain my take: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bpfz1iGvbEM

There's a ton more thorough...
Forum: Drum Technique 05-12-2015, 05:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 991
Posted By BillBachman
Re: Matched grip, yet my left hand is so sad...

Yes Grolubao, but the wrists can do the same function and just as well in German and American. I prefer American since the other options are readily available as well.
Forum: Drum Technique 05-09-2015, 04:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 991
Posted By BillBachman
Forum: Drum Technique 05-09-2015, 04:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 555
Posted By BillBachman
Re: seven stroke roll notation

In the case you're referring to it sounds like the seven stroke rolls will be one 8th note worth of triplets, that's the traditional application of the seven stroke roll. So yes, start on the "and"...
Forum: Drum Technique 05-07-2015, 04:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 991
Posted By BillBachman
Matched grip, yet my left hand is so sad...

Hey guys, here's my latest www.drumworkout.com lesson video brought to you with some help from Vic Firth. I think you'll dig it and it'll help you stratergize strategeries on how to make your weak...
Forum: Drum Technique 05-07-2015, 04:32 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 681
Posted By BillBachman
Re: stick keeps sliding in traditional grip

It sounds like you need to pinch a little bit more at the crotch of the thumb & first finger, that'll firm up the pivot point a bit. The trick is to learn how to squeeze a bit more there and not...
Forum: General Discussion 05-07-2015, 03:46 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 457
Posted By BillBachman
Re: "YYZ" and "Fool in the Rain" isolated drum tracks

It's really interesting just how far out of balance Neil's kit is mixed compared to how it'd sound acoustically. (Bass drum loud, snare soft, toms screaming loud). It works in the final mix though!
Forum: Drum Technique 04-29-2015, 06:10 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 415
Posted By BillBachman
Speed & how to get it...

Hey guys, this started as a reply to another thread, but I figured I'd toss it in here as it may help some folks out. It's a note about speed and the most effective way I've found to get it:

Forum: General Discussion 04-26-2015, 08:59 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,066
Posted By BillBachman
Re: My speed has stalled

If it helps, here's my philosophy on speed:

If you want to play fast, practice no faster than you can play perfectly and consistently with the next faster tempo's technique such that you teach...
Forum: General Discussion 04-09-2015, 11:56 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,004
Posted By BillBachman
Re: If I would just buy one book on coordination...

For Jazz, The Art of Bop Drumming" by John Riley is great. My problem with using Ted Reed's "Syncopation" for jazz/triplet based stuff is that you'll never encounter the middle beat of the triplet...
Forum: General Discussion 04-02-2015, 04:49 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,938
Posted By BillBachman
Re: Tricks for faster set up

Some of this was probably already said (I read about 1/3 of this thread), but...

I go with a 4 piece and every last bit is memory locked so I can throw it together perfectly and fast. I leave the...
Forum: General Discussion 03-16-2015, 03:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 607
Posted By BillBachman
Re: American Revolution: Everything Was Bad if the Drummers Were

I also see no reason for the snare drum to be associated with slavery. They've been used in war just about as far back as written history goes, if I remember correctly the earliest historical...
Forum: General Discussion 03-16-2015, 02:54 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,257
Posted By BillBachman
Re: German grip, which German?

I've been told that the grip names come from fencing styles (French and German that is). As for "American" grip, I think we just planted our flag on that one.
Forum: Drum Technique 03-13-2015, 08:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 910
Posted By BillBachman
Re: Bill's site

Thanks for the kind words guys!

My lessons over skype are totally separate from drumworkout.com.

I use paypal because it's simple, works and most people are really familiar with it.

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