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Old 10-24-2007, 05:32 AM
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Hey, thanks! I hope you get to see BIg Time (my DVD) and after that, my follow up DVD, Voices In My Head, which is just now coming out.

Thanks for your kind comments -
We drummers are brothers and sisters - all :)
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Old 10-24-2007, 10:13 AM
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hi billy

i just posted in the technique section about your foot taps

and i was wondering if you could help me

how do you heel tap when playing the hi hat while keeping the sound of the hi hat consistent or do you use another mechinism when playing on the hi hat. eg righ heel!

any help would be great
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Old 10-24-2007, 01:45 PM
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Hey, thanks! I hope you get to see BIg Time (my DVD) and after that, my follow up DVD, Voices In My Head, which is just now coming out.
Cool ... I'll definitely look into those as well...

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You are most welcome!
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Old 10-24-2007, 10:44 PM
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Hey there Mr. Hayward -

Most of the time, I am able to maintain what I want with the hat and still use mechanisms with the same heel.
Sometimes, I need the hats to be a VERY exact amount semi-open and in this case the mechanisms move to another place - most frequently, it is the right (Bass drum) heel that chips in then. But, in all honesty, It's kind of like water. Water will simply keep running downstream. That's the way my wiggling is - if one thing stops, then another starts up. It is that automatic for me. I realize that in the beginning, it is not that automatic for you - but once you get to enjoy the benefits (peace of mind and better timing for two benefits) of having mechanisms, you won't want to leave them out - ever.

(and thanks again!)
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Old 10-26-2007, 08:39 AM
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thanks for the reply billy

i am getting there at making the heel taps and it is benifiting.

i will try it with my right foot when do sloshy hi hat work

and thanks for the great video. look forward to the next one!
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Old 10-27-2007, 12:18 AM
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Great - and good luck with it all!

AND.... my DVD, "Voices In My Head", is FINALLY out. Some of you who visit my website's forum are aware of the amount of delays that kept this sucker from finally coming out -

Well... it is all over now. It is out and you can buy it and watch - and hopefully (then) talk about it!!!

I am so relieved!

Here:
http://www.dwdrums.com/dwdvd/index.htm


There is also a little 60 sec trailer here, if you want to see more before you buy. Also... if you haven't seen the long trailer - it's on my home page- www.billyward.com
For all I know, it is already here at Drummerworld (with my full blessing)

thanks!
Bernhard - I am hoping that DW will send you a review copy. If not, as soon as I have more than one copy myself - I'll send it to you!

Thanks guys
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Old 10-27-2007, 01:11 AM
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And a big 'Thank You' to you Mr Ward; despite being so busy you continually reply quickly to drummers questions and comments!! Even to me...and my wife doesn't answer so politely or quickly!!! All the very best Billy, jc
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Old 10-28-2007, 05:18 PM
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Thanks Jon! I do my best-
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Old 10-31-2007, 06:27 PM
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The G R E A T new DVD just came in.

I left to PASIC, but couldn't resist to put up some samples - thank you Billy!!!!

http://www.drummerworld.com/drummers/Billy_Ward.html

The DVD is packed with tons of very good tips and samples....unbelievable great!!!
Check out these samples (i suggest especially the uptempo speed tip....)

http://www.drummerworld.com/drummers/Billy_Ward.html

Bernhard

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Old 10-31-2007, 06:58 PM
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Thanks Bernard. and thanks, Billy..I really appreciate your clinics and tips.. You have a way with teaching and explaining.

...and Bernard, for always dropping these nuggets our way, ever so often.
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Old 01-01-2008, 12:50 AM
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Got "Voices in my head" and congrats BW on a killer dvd! It really was everything I hoped for and beyond. Allot of content. You revealed so much of where your chops derive, and really give a good breakdown at that jazz (buddy rich) element of drumming that has always dumbfounded me. By slowing down some of that blazing fast stick work I felt like you let me cheat on a test allowing me a peek at your paper. It's going on the ipod, on a loop.
This dvd is a gift to drummers thank you Billy!
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Old 01-04-2008, 02:08 AM
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Got "Voices in my head" and congrats BW on a killer dvd! It really was everything I hoped for and beyond. Allot of content. You revealed so much of where your chops derive, and really give a good breakdown at that jazz (buddy rich) element of drumming that has always dumbfounded me. By slowing down some of that blazing fast stick work I felt like you let me cheat on a test allowing me a peek at your paper. It's going on the ipod, on a loop.
This dvd is a gift to drummers thank you Billy!

Illustrator,

Thanks for such a great note about the new DVD! Your comments are exactly what i had wished for as I was making this! I hope the fog continues to clear and you fulfill all of your hopes in music!
best wishes,
Billy Ward
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Old 01-04-2008, 06:23 AM
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Billy....

Is "Two Hands Clapping" still in print??????


Thanks,
T
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Old 01-04-2008, 08:16 AM
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Hey Billy,
When I was about 3 years old I remember seeing buddy rich on tv. The hair stood up on the back of my neck and that Christmas I got my first (paper) drum set that lasted about a day and a half.
Your gifted artistry always inspired and excited me the same way. Your chops are genius. Unique, refined and subtle. Trying (trying key word) to get a Billy Ward groove going is what makes the hackles stand up again and just makes drumming enjoyable and challenging.
Ok a bit gushy but it's hearfelt.
Thanks again for the new DVD.

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Old 01-05-2008, 02:24 AM
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Billy....

Is "Two Hands Clapping" still in print??????


Thanks,
T
HI Gretschie -

my website: www.billyward.com (go to "store")

or, (who loves ya! :D) click here:
http://www.billyward.com/store.html




and thanks again Ill-X
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Old 01-09-2008, 04:17 PM
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If you haven't checked out Billy's latest CD "Out The Door" ... you need to!

Here's my review ...
Billy Ward: Out The Door (CD review)

You can purchase the CD as well as individual tracks by going to Billy's website.
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Old 01-11-2008, 06:24 AM
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Default Re: Billy Ward here!

Big Time is still my favorite drumming DVD. I love his feel and groove, and the way he views his drumming, and drumming in general. My brother has his book, I'd like to get my hands on that one day too.
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Old 01-21-2008, 09:23 PM
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Billy,
I really enjoyed your solo on the dvd that you just released . I noticed it was exactly 3 minutes long , which really made sense to me as far as the song like approach that you took. Did you intentionally time it that way or was that coincidence?
thanks keep inspiring
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Old 01-22-2008, 07:18 AM
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Billy,
I really enjoyed your solo on the dvd that you just released . I noticed it was exactly 3 minutes long , which really made sense to me as far as the song like approach that you took. Did you intentionally time it that way or was that coincidence?
thanks keep inspiring
mike o
Mikey -
Every one of those little solos was played impromptu - just to get me into the mood to teach! I was completely unaware that it would be a part of the movie!
I was very ill that day (it was a one day shoot and believe me, you heard everything I played and spoke)
As it turns out - those little solos are an important part of the DVD! go figure :)
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Old 01-22-2008, 07:58 AM
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Billy

I just wanted to say what an awesome time I had hanging out this week. You're such a cool guy.
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Old 01-22-2008, 01:12 PM
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thanks for the music, billy
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Old 01-22-2008, 06:22 PM
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Thanks guys. I'm still in LA hanging at John Good's house with John's family and Joe Montinieri. Believe it or not, we are not talking shop AT ALL! :D NAMM shows will wear you out so much...

I'm going to do some playing this week as well (studio session and a writing session with Barry, the guitarist from the trio record) and then finally get home.

Mr Breath,
It was fun meeting you!!!! :)
And... of course, it is always enjoyable to see Bernhard
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Old 01-22-2008, 10:49 PM
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Thanks, Billy. Always wanted to meet Mr. Good and get to some more about Downtown tuning.
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Old 01-24-2008, 10:31 PM
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yah hes a great drummer very complex!
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Old 02-05-2008, 04:41 PM
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Billy,

The "Voices In My Head" video is awesome! I just got mine yesterday and like others have said, this is what every drummer should have in thier educational collection. I'm so glad it focuses on Jazz drumming.

Great video!
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Old 02-05-2008, 11:40 PM
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Billy,

The "Voices In My Head" video is awesome! I just got mine yesterday and like others have said, this is what every drummer should have in thier educational collection. I'm so glad it focuses on Jazz drumming.

Great video!

Thanks Muckster! this means the world to me! Though, I prefer not using the "j" word. :)

the thing is... lots of drummers who want NOTHING to do with jazz need the lessons that are inside this video - IF they want to do Bonham / Purdie /Porcaro / Ziggaboo Modeliste, etc...
I hope it helps MANY!

Thanks so much -
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Old 02-13-2008, 06:13 PM
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Hey Billy, just got your great new book on the mental aspects of drumming and we've got a thread discussing your point about practice v/s playing ( practicers or players ? ). Would be great if you popped in and commented on it.

love the book, love your playing!
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Old 02-18-2008, 04:47 AM
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Hey Billy, just got your great new book on the mental aspects of drumming and we've got a thread discussing your point about practice v/s playing ( practicers or players ? ). Would be great if you popped in and commented on it.

love the book, love your playing!
Thanks for the heads up, Aydee! I'm there -
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Old 02-26-2008, 11:35 PM
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Thanks Muckster! this means the world to me! Though, I prefer not using the "j" word. :)

the thing is... lots of drummers who want NOTHING to do with jazz need the lessons that are inside this video - IF they want to do Bonham / Purdie /Porcaro / Ziggaboo Modeliste, etc...
I hope it helps MANY!

Thanks so much -
I also enjoyed the section where your "students" joined in. Those guys sure look familiar! (wink, wink).
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Old 02-29-2008, 05:54 PM
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I also enjoyed the section where your "students" joined in. Those guys sure look familiar! (wink, wink).
Yes, the students are pretty good...
I am surprised that more folks have not gone to my website to download the songs and charts - there is also more video of me speaking with the composer, guitarist Barry Coates about the charts. ALL of this is helpful, but didn't fit in the DVD - we filled it up all the way!

Thanks again Muckster!
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Old 03-01-2008, 03:01 AM
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going right now........... : )
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Old 03-04-2008, 02:28 AM
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Just finished the Book Inside Out, and the DVD Big Time, and also the DVD Voices in my Head. I have learned more from these 3 items than all the videos and lessons I have ever taken, in my opinion probably the best teaching for either a new or seasoned drummer I have ever seen.

Thank you very much Billy!!!!

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Old 03-06-2008, 02:52 AM
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Just finished the Book Inside Out, and the DVD Big Time, and also the DVD Voices in my Head. I have learned more from these 3 items than all the videos and lessons I have ever taken, in my opinion probably the best teaching for either a new or seasoned drummer I have ever seen.

Thank you very much Billy!!!!

Rick

THANKS Rick! I appreciate that more than you will ever know!

BTW - all... I am doing a clinic in Regina Saskatchewan this Sunday - Masterclass by day and Clinic by night. I hear Dudley Dooright will be there... :)

Details at my website.
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Old 03-08-2008, 02:16 AM
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Hey guys - not sure where to put this, but it's pretty cool. Maybe Bernhard or Mr. Breath can put it where it belongs...

:D

Thought I should hip you to something that I think was really cool. Here's how it happened:
One of the members of my forum suggested we try to play something together.
i was thinking, Cool! i've been daydreaming about doing a drum only record and thought having to mix a whole bunch of drummers would be a great learning experience for me - and even better, for the participants!

So. i suggested a tempo from the free download of play along songs from my trio record, "Out The Door". The song is titled, "Best Buddies". The instructions were to play something to that tempo and then i will put it together.

We had about a dozen participants from ALL over the world. This will be a yearly thing for sure! IT was really fun. You can listen to it by finding the links on my home page:
http://www.billyward.com/

(just scroll down - it's all there.)

And you can also download my mix notes at the same place - they are probably helpful. this taught me a bunch - next year's well be better - more interesting and more lessons! :)

Thought you might like to check it out - it isn't everyday you hear a free form kind of exploding drum thang! i hope you enjoy it! It turned out to be a great teaching tool for all the players! I'm looking forward to next year's hit!

-BW
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Old 03-23-2008, 05:47 PM
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Default Billy Ward featured on Drummer Cafe TV

I wanted to let you all know that it's Billy Ward Week on DCTV. I'm showing footage that I shot during Billy's 5-Star Drum Shop Tour back in 2006. Lot's of good information about the types of wood drum shells. There's also clips from "Big Time" and "Voices In My Head" although many of you have probably already seen this.

I have a new episode every week, so if you want to check out Billy you'll need to watch it some time this week; March 23-29.

Thanks again to Billy and DrumWorkshop for allowing the Drummer Cafe to capture some of his clinic in Nashville.
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Old 04-25-2008, 01:37 AM
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those of you who live near this already know I am performing at Rob Cook's Chicago Drum Festival. http://www.rebeats.com/drumshows_clinicians.html

I just wanted to give out a heads up - on Saturday, I am doing a master class. If you wish to attend contact Rob through the above link and sign up. Attendance is EXTREMELY limited so act quickly if you want to do this. It will be held Saturday at 11:15 - and I think only 8 students will be permitted to attend.

Thanks!
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Old 04-25-2008, 04:05 AM
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Hey Billy. How are the Miracle Putty sales going?
Oh sorry, I see. Billy Ward, not Billy Mays.
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Old 05-03-2008, 07:33 PM
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Jay - I don't get it. I hope it was funny to someone.
oh well...

heads up;
The MAster Class I'm doing in Chicago Drum Fest is being given in a place where there are no more than 8 students allowed. There ahve been way too many requests, so i think Rob Cook has arranged for two classes to take place -

These are the new times;
10am to 11:20 (could run a bit later..)
and then 11:50 to 1:10 (could run a bit later - but be out by 1;30)

It means I'm a talked-out puppy by 1:30, and i still have to attend the show!

I'll rest during my clinic the next day! HAHA.

Thought you might want to know this... or not.
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Old 05-04-2008, 02:39 AM
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Billy,
I am looking forward to being there!

Rick
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Old 05-11-2008, 10:02 AM
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Congratulations for this ModernDrummer Gig - so great!!!!!

So i'm not there as a visitor, it will be like a Drummerwold-Friends meeting: Billy, Gavin, Derek, Ndugu, Thomas, Todd, Dafnis.....all personal good friends of Drummerworld - Wooowww.....what a lineup!!!!

..and also best greetings to ALL here from Simon - looking forward to be there - just met him yesterday here in Basel/Switzerland.
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