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  1. toddbishop

    Is the James Gadson 16th note shuffle suitable for blues?

    Just follow your ears-- if it sounds right to you, play it.
  2. toddbishop

    The Best Rudimental Study Book (If you want to swing 'em).

    For me the core jazz items in Rudimental Swing Solos are Rolling In Rhythm, Swinging Accents, Roughing The Single Drag, Study In Accents, Modern Flam Accents. All pure Philly Joe stuff. I learned it all, but it didn't really change my playing— I just don't solo with rudimental stuff on the...
  3. toddbishop

    Drummer for Dirty Harry soundtrack?

    I think it's Guerin on the major funky stuff-- I haven't listened to that whole album in awhile, I never figured out who else is on what on it. Thank you, you're very kind!
  4. toddbishop

    "Jazz" crash cymbals

    blaaah no man, people will think I'm doing a tribute to that other youtuber! emphasis on tuber
  5. toddbishop

    "Jazz" crash cymbals

    Basically all Cymbal & Gong crashes ride really well. Here are a bunch of 17s-- after about 4:10 is my own cymbal (on the far right), that's pretty thin and rides great: I haven't played a lot of other companies' crashes lately-- I did play an Agop not long ago that was kind of useless for...
  6. toddbishop

    “Playing with albums is the only thing you ever need to practice”

    Not watching a video to have a conversation, but I agree with everything you said. To do what? I'd beware of basing too much of what you do on video headlines. Like I guarantee he did more than that. Playing along with music is really good, playing music with people is the whole point of...
  7. toddbishop

    Drummer for Dirty Harry soundtrack?

    and: transcription of that here
  8. toddbishop

    Drummer for Dirty Harry soundtrack?

    Bunker, John Guerin, and Mel Lewis are all credited on it. I transcribed part of it in 2014, which I believe is played by Guerin.
  9. toddbishop

    Quintuplet comping whilst swinging

    It's all I do man, thank you. But you can tell how wrong it is from the big feel shift between that and the triplets-- like in a situation where everyone's playing a normal swing feel, the quintuplets just cancel the whole contract groovewise. You'd have to use it sparingly at most.
  10. toddbishop

    Quintuplet comping whilst swinging

    Hey I played through that stuff I posted above:
  11. toddbishop

    Quintuplet comping whilst swinging

    Probably Dan Weiss too. Almost certainly.
  12. toddbishop

    Quintuplet comping whilst swinging

    Hahahahaha, here we go. I personally don't want to listen to the kind of player who would make this a way of life-- perfecting it like it's drum corps you'd just sound disconnected from reality. But maybe there's a little bit to learn about finessing normal stuff.
  13. toddbishop

    Quintuplet comping whilst swinging

    I tried playing some 8th note quintuplets in a jazz setting around 1992, and didn't try again after that. If I do anything 5-note based now it's in groupings of five 8th notes or 5 16ths-- RLRLL. Or a mutation of some normal 4/4 thing-- messed with rhythmically. Seems worth exploring though...
  14. toddbishop

    How does one even beginning practicing playing time the way someone like Brian Blade does?

    Update, I elaborated on the following a little bit in a blog post. It's easier to make sense of what you're hearing if you follow the chart-- through the solo and everything. He's not just playing a lot of stuff, he's playing the form. That would be your first concern playing this tune, is to...
  15. toddbishop

    What did your practice sessions look like starting out?

    First year, outside of drum lessons and band class, mainly screwing around, figuring out the beat on Jocko Homo by Devo, copying the march from the bugout episode of MASH. I don't remember practicing anything from my drum lessons.
  16. toddbishop

    How does one even beginning practicing playing time the way someone like Brian Blade does?

    Can't add a lot to Griener and JDA's excellent answers. Practice/listen/play a lot and know the vibe you're going for. Play with people who are going for a similar vibe-- like find an ambitious saxophonist and play duo a lot. Listen to the other guy more than you listen to yourself, more than...
  17. toddbishop

    Powerball Lottery and Drumming Goodies!

    Probably hire a team of researchers and lobbyists to create and promote some arts friendly legislation, on whatever scale made sense-- local, state, national. Definitely lobby the living s* out of local/state officials to get music happening in schools again. Endow a jazz venue.
  18. toddbishop

    Can "feel" be taught or does it more likely come from within?

    To me it's about the same as saying vibe-- a feeling in some listener, that comes from a lot interactions (musical, and non-musical, probably) beyond just what the drummer is doing. All a drummer can do is to know the music they're playing, and try to play good time and good ideas, with a good...
  19. toddbishop

    New Cymbal & Gong cymbals!

    I played a whole lot of new Cymbal & Gong cymbals yesterday, some of which I'll be selling on my Cymbalistic site. Including some prototype 20" Extra Special Janavar crash-rides, with K-type hammering and lathing, and some prototype Second Line Chinese cymbals, which are funky, fast decaying...
  20. toddbishop

    Can "feel" be taught or does it more likely come from within?

    ...if the person wants to be taught and wants to immerse and practice that much.
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