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Old 10-19-2012, 09:49 PM
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I was at the Weymouth clinic as well (10/18). Outstanding clinic! I really enjoyed it. Todd has a great sense of humor, he is a real cool guy. His performace was excellent.

Great playing Todd! Thanks for a great experience. Oh, I grabbed a DVD too, I hope it helps you get a ticket home. ;)

Matt
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Old 10-26-2012, 07:56 PM
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Hey Matt,

Thanks a lot for making it out to the clinic and for letting me know you enjoyed it! And I made it home too…

Thanks, and cheers from Michigan-
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Old 10-28-2012, 09:13 AM
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Hey Todd! Love your drumming, you are awesome.

I have a question for you. What is the best thing that has helped you in some way to improve your drumming and made you sound better?

If it's a certain exercise, a book or a realisation of some sort maybe?

I'm talking drum playing/technique and not things like how to get more gigs or stuff like that.

Thanks :)
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Old 10-30-2012, 04:52 PM
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Hey E. D.,

Thanks for the kind words. To answer your question, it's a matter of experience and playing music with others…a lot. Record your practice session and your gigs. Listen to them in the cold hard light of day objectively and make adjustments when things aren't working or feeling right. That's the quickest way to get in touch with what you sound like on the instrument.

Cheers,
Todd
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Old 10-30-2012, 05:31 PM
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Hey E. D.,

Record your practice session and your gigs. Listen to them in the cold hard light of day objectively and make adjustments when things aren't working or feeling right. That's the quickest way to get in touch with what you sound like on the instrument.

Cheers,
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Thanks, I will start recording my self more often as this is something I have heard a lot from drummers. It's not fun to do and that's probably the reason why I haven't done it more often :p
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Old 11-17-2012, 08:54 PM
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Hey folks,

I'm doing four clinics in Ohio this December. If anyone lives in these places, come out and say hello!

Cheers from Las Vegas,
Todd

Dec 1st Hubbard Music (Hubbard OH) Dec 2nd Zampino's (North Canton) Dec 3rd Stebal Drums (Willowick) Dec 4 Columbus Pro (Columbus)
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Old 11-17-2012, 09:12 PM
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Hi Todd. I really dig your playing and both of your videos. Very informative and well produced. Looking forward to attending the clinic in Columbus in december!

Cheers!
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Old 11-18-2012, 06:32 AM
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Come to India Todd !!!!!! :)
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Old 12-05-2012, 11:10 PM
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Thanks again for coming to Ohio Todd. I was at the last clinic in columbus and it was great to finally meet you. The clinic was very informative and inspiring. Your playing was phoenominal. I had the opportunity to sit behind the kit you used after the clinic and I'm wondering if you always set you kit up like that? The bass drum seemed really far away and at an interesting angle. Wondering how you get so much power from your kick like that. I like how close the 12" tom was. The whole kit sounded great!

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Old 12-07-2012, 11:49 PM
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Mukund--

I would love to one day…


Doug,

Thanks for making it out to the clinic and glad you enjoyed it. Yes, that is my regular "one bass drum" set up. The bass drum doesn't seem to have an angle on it from where I sit. It's directly in front of my right leg! Anyway, thanks for the note and in case you missed it, here was my "thank you" to the dealers and drummers of Ohio for a great week of clinics in the Buckeye state. Enjoy!

Cheers,
Todd

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=0NXvEe5aNNk
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Old 01-02-2013, 03:50 PM
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Hey Todd
Im a big fan of yours and I want to see you play live here in the Philippines
Would be great to see my biggest influence in person
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:32 PM
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Hi Migz,

I'd love to make it over there one of these days. Thanks for your interest...

Cheers!
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Old 01-09-2013, 03:01 PM
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Dear Todd,

as I wrote here before, your playing and your DVDs are a huge inspiration for me, they
have been all the way through 2012, and continue to do so :).

I have a question: I notice that you have your cymbals, your crashes mainly, mounted
fairly high. Did you choose to do so for aesthetic reasons (big rock concert style), or
because of micing and mixing reasons, or do you see a technical advantage for you?

Thanks for taking your time!
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:24 PM
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Matthias,

Thanks for the kind words and support as always….

To answer your question? All of the above. It's just a feeling I want behind the drums above all else really. They are not as high as you might think if you actually sat behind my kit. (Albeit much higher than most guys with 4 piece kits with their cymbals an inch over their two toms.) It's the physical feeling of hitting the cymbals is what intrinsically pleases me. Having my ride up where it is makes me feel like I'm switching gears while driving so to speak. While I'm still young enough to play this way, I choose to do so. One day age will make me change my set up. When that day comes it will be by necessity and not choice. It's how I visualize the kit when I'm not playing and just imagining--or air drumming to work something out. Everything is in it's right place. The separation between the tom mics and overheads is just a perk. So is the "look". Again, and first and foremost, it's how I want to feel the music and my motions while playing. Hope that answers that for you!

Cheers,
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Old 01-21-2013, 03:22 PM
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Hey Todd, I'm having a problem lately that I think you might have some great ideas on.

I've been playing traditional grip in rock and funk bands for about 10 years now (after playing matched for the first few years). I love everything about the feel of trad, especially playing laid-back, deep-pocket backbeats. My groove is so much fatter playing trad, I think mostly because the whole motion feels more "natural" for me. Though there's plenty of people out there to dispute that statement, it works for me and I just go with it.

What's bugged me forever is playing in what I would call the highest gear - triple forte, with huge arm motions and sticks over my head. In the past I've always switched to match during these moments, because I didn't have the technique to keep the volume or the feel up in trad.

Lately though, I've been able to hit those huge backbeats in trad grip, and still keep my feel solid and my dynamics consistent (my right hand doesn't dominate in fills and such). Problem is, it's destroying my thumb - whenever I play like this for more than 10 or 15 minutes, I get a nasty blister behind my knuckle where it connects with the stick, and I think it may even be affecting the bone (the pain goes deeper than just the surface of the skin).

I'm backing off practicing this for now, but I don't want to give up on it completely.

Now, this is something that I think you're amazing at - playing aggressively and powerfully with trad - so I'm wondering if you've ever gone through something like this, or if you have any tips I might try. Unfortunately for me, there's no one in my area that plays trad AND loud, so I can't work this one out with a teacher without travelling about 1000 kms.

I'd love to hear what you think, because I know it's technically possible, and something I should be able to do for most of my playing career (like, how does Vinnie still play so freakin' loud?)
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Old 01-22-2013, 01:57 AM
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Hi Toby,

Sorry to hear of your issue and it's definitely no fun. Everyone is physically different obviously and ultimately you have to listen to your body. You can't force it to do something it doesn't want to do and pain is your body's way of saying "hold on--take it easy!" So there's certainly no shame in switching to matched grip for the louder moments or when you are experiencing discomfort.

I have nothing to suggest to you unless I saw you play, but one thing that helped me years ago when I was experiencing some discomfort was raising ad flattening my snare drum placement ever so slightly. Perhaps try that. But as I said, you have to listen to your body.

I hope this helps and I wish you pain free playing!

Cheers,

Todd
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Old 01-23-2013, 03:18 PM
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I'll definitely give that a try in a week or so after I let my hand heal up. My snare is definitely tilted at a pretty extreme angle and I like to sit pretty high above it, so those two things could be adding a lot of stress to my hand.

Thanks so much for replying!
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Old 01-28-2013, 01:06 AM
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Hi Todd,

I am an old drummer and I always thought I would never live to see anyone in Buddy Rich's league technically and stylistically. However, in my humble opinion, you are in his league and probably the best drummer in the world at this time. There are plenty of drummers who can play fast, but don't know how to apply it stylistically. When I listen to you play with Styx, you stay true to the original recordings, while at the same time playing creatively within those style boundaries.

I want to commend you for being so accessible to your fans and drummers in general through clinics and electronically through your website and this forum.

Can you provide your future clinic schedule, as I am sure that everyone who can would love to attend them? I hope you can do some clinics in Texas as I live right up I35 and would love to see you come to the metroplex.

Respectfully,

Phil

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Old 02-07-2013, 07:38 AM
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Hi Todd,

I started taking piano at my local community college because in lamest terms I want to learn how to write songs. What are your thoughts on this? Do you think its time well invested? One more thing I have been getting into Jazz and Latin styles lately. Any suggestions on a few albums I can learn a thing or two from? Finally, thanks for your time spent here man I really appreciate your thoughts and advice in the forum and your DVD's.
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Old 02-23-2013, 02:43 AM
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Toby---

Hope it's working better for you!


Phil,

I appreciate the compliments very much. I'm flattered indeed. As far as clinics go I have nothing booked in Texas but will have a few in the midwest at the end of March. Although I haven't posted anything about them yet, all clinic info is always posted in the news section of Toddsucherman.com. My best to you!


Krazy--

It's time well spent and wish I would have spent some time doing just that but I put all my effort into the drums. Tony Williams took some time off and studied composition and became one of my favorite jazz composers as well as players. As far as recommendations, there's a world at your fingertips. You have free access to videos of the greats right here at Drummerworld. Check out many, many many different clips and see what floats your boat.

Cheers-
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:21 PM
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Hi Todd,

Thanks for the kind reply. I received the Styx Grand Illusions / Pieces of Eight DVD on Saturday after watching the program several times on Palladia. I am in the process of transcribing the Grand Illusions cut and will tackle the succeeding cuts in the coming weeks and months. I put your performance on this DVD up there with the Swinging New Band, Live at the Chez album by Buddy Rich in terms of driving the band, integrating your playing with the ensemble and tasteful support of the guitar and keyboard solos. In my opinion, your melodic use of your tom toms and bass drums to support the songs' melodies exceeds that of both Neil Peart and Ginger Baker during his days with Cream. I believe your creative use of your cymbals to selectively accent key notes in the songs' melodies exceeds that of Keith Moon.

I'll be glad to send you a PDF copy of the transcription of the Grand Illusions cut when I finish it, should you wish. I have found that the process of transcription helps me to appreciate the subtle aspects of various drummers' playing and with playing along with the songs on my drum set.

My copy of your first instructional DVD Methods and Mechanics should arrive today from Amazon. After watching it I will write a thoughtful review on Amazon. I know that reviews help customers make buying decisions.

I'll be ordering Methods and Mechanics II from your website after I finish the first video as I know you make more money from the sales of your copies than from the royalties from the publisher. (I have written and published six books about WWII history, so I know a little something about the royalties versus author's copies sales.)

I will try to get out to one of the Styx concerts and one of your clinics during this coming year.

Your playing on the Styx DVD has inspired my three year old grandson to play my drum set after losing interest several months ago. Thank you for that! (He's standing at my side bugging me to go play the drums right now.) Maybe he will decide to follow in your footsteps.

Respectfully,

Phil
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Old 02-26-2013, 07:54 PM
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Dear Todd,

today's question from me: Which exercise or other kind of training/experience do you feel helped you the most
in becoming very accurate in keeping time and being tight?
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Old 02-27-2013, 02:04 AM
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Hi Phil,

Again, your kind words are appreciated very much. I'm happy that you are enjoying the live DVD and hope you enjoy Methods and Mechanics. You are correct that any artist benefits substantially more from their own web site sales so I hope you'll consider the link below when you are ready for the MM2 DVD. As well there is a transcription/companion book for the first DVD (the one you are waiting for) from Hudson Music available on their site.

Here's wishing you many happy musical hours!
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http://toddsucherman.com/methods-and-mechanics-2.html


Matthias,

Listening to yourself is the best way to hone in on grove, sound, feel, timing, etc. Anything you work on will translate onto a recording device for you to objectively analyze. It's a matter of being honest with yourself and making the adjustments in your laying to get it to sound the way you wish to.

I hope that helps!

Todd
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Old 02-27-2013, 07:14 AM
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Listening to yourself is the best way to hone in on grove, sound, feel, timing, etc. Anything you work on will translate onto a recording device for you to objectively analyze. It's a matter of being honest with yourself and making the adjustments in your laying to get it to sound the way you wish to.

I hope that helps!

Todd[/quote]

Hi Todd
I guess investing in an electronic kit has been wise then since I can record myself easily (never been able to before). Question on that though I know should I record myself constantly? For example with a click track and music? Should I try doing both my exercises with a metronomic device and record myself along with it as well as practicing with songs (trying to tackle some songs off M&M book)? Btw I just got a copy of Styx Rejuvenation and I have to say man I freaking love your playing its full of taste and chops perfectly mixed together and I am really learning a lot from everything you have put out. Long story short I am just saying thanks for all the material you have put out there (especially educational). I know it is a labor of love and most artist don't really get much money from doing those types of ventures. Happy playing bro and I hope we can have you in AZ for a clinic sometime.

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Old 03-05-2013, 04:54 AM
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Hello Todd,
It's been awesome watching you on the M&M II DVD. I enjoy how you make it easy to learn some of the parts and how you explain and break down the drum parts. I also enjoyed how you built the ideas for the bass drum placements and played it without the cool 'ballsy' style. And thanks to you I'm also starting to play using trad grip again. Thanks for making it look cool.
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Old 03-07-2013, 11:58 PM
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Gustavo--

You are correct on all counts. Do everything, record and listen! And yes, most dvd sales don't add up to much. It's a lob or of love (in my case anyway) so when someone buys it, it really means a lot.
Thanks!


Will--

Thanks for the kind words! They are truly appreciated. Thanks for sharing your enjoyment of the dvd with me. By the way, I'll be doing a clinic in Chicago for Vic's shop--and the location is at Cobra Lounge on March 28th. Hope you can make it. I might as well post the 4 clinics I have coming up below.

Cheers!
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March 25*Clinic*
Dealer: Monzingo Music 4689 HWY K O'Fallon MO 63368
Tele: 636-300-9553


March 26 Clinic*
Dealer: The Music Shoppe 1540 E College Ave Normal IL 61761*
Tele: 309-452-7436


March 27th Clinic*
Dealer: West Music 4305 44th Ave Moline IA*
Tele: 309-764-9300


March 28 Clinic
Vic's Drum Shop
Tele: 312-770-1200
Location at Cobra Lounge: 235 North Ashland Avenue Chicago, IL 60607
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Old 03-12-2013, 05:56 PM
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March 25*Clinic*
Dealer: Monzingo Music 4689 HWY K O'Fallon MO 63368
Tele: 636-300-9553


March 26 Clinic*
Dealer: The Music Shoppe 1540 E College Ave Normal IL 61761*
Tele: 309-452-7436


March 27th Clinic*
Dealer: West Music 4305 44th Ave Moline IA*
Tele: 309-764-9300


March 28 Clinic
Vic's Drum Shop
Tele: 312-770-1200
Location at Cobra Lounge: 235 North Ashland Avenue Chicago, IL 60607
Enjoy the tour Todd!!!

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Todd,
Can't wait to see you at Vic's in chicago!

I plan on buying some gear that day, hopefully i get to meet and talk with you.
Are you touring with your kit, or are they providing you with one?
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Old 03-17-2013, 01:24 AM
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Just wanted to thank you for posting the pic on Facebook the other day from the 2003 Cincinnati concert (the one where you were playing on stage with Deen Castronovo). Brought back a lot of great memories for me. I was there and how awesome to see 2 of my favorite drummers on stage together! Keep on rockin' Todd!
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Old 03-18-2013, 02:03 AM
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John--

Thanks a lot! Hope all's well with you!


Timebandit--

I use a different kit at each clinic. At this time it looks like I'll be using Phil Brines's (great local Chicago drummer) kit which is a Masterworks very similar to one of mine. Hope you can make it out--come say hello!


MaryO--

Thanks! That was a really fun night indeed!


Cheers,
Todd
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hello todd, greetings from croatia!

i have question/need advice about foot technique.
i've been playing heel up during my whole playing carrer and now i've realized that i might have been doing that wrong. let me explain; my motion was from my knees and hips, pushing the whole leg onto pedal. now, i want more ankle motion, and less the whole leg motion, if you know what i mean. so, about a week ago i started doing all my practice routine by playing heel down and i've been planning to do it that way for month or two (to streghten and isolate ankle motion), then after that period, simply raise my foot to heel up position. i would kindly need your opinion about this.

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Old 05-10-2013, 07:30 PM
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Marin--

I'm no foot technique expert. I just do what I do, and that most times I'm parallel with the footboard. Not heel up or down…just flat ghosting the board. But I can play both ways too depending on tempo and dynamics. Just like you can hit a drum more than one way, there's other ways depending of what you're trying to musically achieve. So I suppose it's good to have multiple strokes in your wheelhouse. Hope that helps.


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Old 08-19-2013, 10:50 PM
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Hi Todd. Loved the video message by you (and Styx) that was played at the 40th anniversary fan appreciation concert Kansas gave this weekend in Pittsburgh. Totally classy...and you were pretty funny as well (I won't go into the details.....) ! Of course Phil Ehart and band were amazing.

Peace and good wishes. Come back to Steeler Country soon. Thanks.
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Old 08-31-2013, 08:42 AM
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Hi Todd!

What cymbals are your personal favourites among the Sabian Players Choice?
I really enjoyed the video!

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Old 09-05-2013, 08:06 AM
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Hi Todd.

Thank you so much for those super cool Sabian cymbal demos! They really sound interesting and your playing is just delicious and flooring.

I wondered what sticking pattern you're using in the 14'' B8 Pro Assault Hats video.
Could you explain that sticking?

For easier navigation - here's the link to those videos, the video mentioned is the 3rd video.
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Thanks in advance!
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Old 09-09-2013, 08:54 AM
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larryz-

Thanks! They are good guys indeed.


Larta--

I liked them all really. They all have a place in a large recording arsenal. The Sick Hats were fun and the Smoky Ride had a good vibe. The Tremor was cool too. Hope you enjoyed the vids.


Arky--

Not sure what section you inquire about as I go through a few different things. Near the end I play a "1e a2e a3e a4e" which is really the only tricky thing and it happens quickly. Sorry to be of limited help. I just got back from 48 hours in Spain and I'm a bit lagged at the moment. Glad you enjoyed the vids.

Cheers to you all-
TS
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Old 09-09-2013, 02:16 PM
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Todd, caught your gig at Mohegan arena last month....you killed it! Really great drumming!
It looked like you switched a few times from trad to matched grip, I could be wrong but if you did, why? just wondering.
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Old 09-10-2013, 06:19 PM
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Hi Todd!
This is Jason from Drums Etc. in Lancaster, PA. You did a clinic at the shop back in February of 2012. One of the best if not the best clinics I've ever attended to date:) Thanks for the inspiration Todd!

Jason
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Old 09-10-2013, 06:50 PM
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Old Hyde--

Thanks for checking out the show and for the kind words. Yes, I go back and forth even within the same song to whatever feels best at the time. I've always played both ways but trad grip is "home" so to speak. Hope you come see us again when we swing through town.

Jason-

Thanks a lot! Give my regards to the crew at the shop. Cheers!

Todd
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