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Forum: Drum Technique 05-22-2015, 05:24 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 481
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: 810
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: 810
Posted By BillBachman
Forum: Drum Technique 05-09-2015, 04:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 274
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: 810
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: 522
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: 394
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: 330
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: 938
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: 10
Views: 516
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: 51
Views: 1,541
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: 539
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: 1,133
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: 807
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.

Forum: Drum Technique 03-10-2015, 05:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 578
Posted By BillBachman
Re: Rim shots- how to practice precision?

Hitting consistent rimshots can be a challenge, a quieter rimshots even more so since there’s less inertia to push the head down & “bottom out” just right to the rim. Aside from snare drum height and...
Forum: General Discussion 03-07-2015, 01:59 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,813
Posted By BillBachman
Re: I Need to Get Re-Motivted

I think the best thing to do is buy a book that makes you play outside of your comfort zone. I find that I can get bored playing "like me," if I then have to play something unlike what I'm used to...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-01-2015, 03:14 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,260
Posted By BillBachman
Re: Can't seem to play fast

A quick thought Tank, German grip is the worst place to be for finger control. Most things when played fast require ever increasing amounts of finger control. I'd ditch German grip, learn French and...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-01-2015, 03:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 692
Posted By BillBachman
Re: The level system?

Unless you're playing intentionally tight & weird on certain notes in order to manipulate radically different velocities of strokes from the same stick height (and nobody does this), the only way to...
Forum: General Discussion 03-01-2015, 02:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 672
Posted By BillBachman

Beyond the monitor/stage volume considerations, here's something to think about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0Up2SnDZk8
Forum: Drum Technique 02-28-2015, 11:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,103
Posted By BillBachman
Re: To gap, or not to gap? Fulcrum stuff...

Ha! Good ones. :) Thanks guys.
Forum: Drum Technique 02-26-2015, 01:53 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,103
Posted By BillBachman
To gap, or not to gap? Fulcrum stuff...

Hey guys, I thought you might dig this video out through Vic Firth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQvNd8DMWxY
Forum: General Discussion 02-23-2015, 05:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 608
Posted By BillBachman
Re: No rudiments taught in marching band?

This varies from program to program to program, state to state etc. We're all generally told that we should know all of the rudiments, but how many really do?

There are way faster & more...
Forum: General Discussion 02-09-2015, 04:24 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,132
Posted By BillBachman
Re: Past a point, are teachers necesssary?

It sounds like you just need a different teacher. I make my students all too aware of their weaknesses and give them specific targeted things to work on to attack the problem. Why else would they...
Forum: Drum Technique 02-03-2015, 09:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 821
Posted By BillBachman
My lesson on "Playing big, not hard"

Hey guys, here's another www.drumworkout.com lesson brought to you with some help from Vic Firth. Here I show you how the free stroke and "Moeller whip & flop" techniques can add musicality, flow and...
Forum: Drum Technique 01-30-2015, 04:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 865
Posted By BillBachman
Re: Here's a great way to boost your weaker hand:

Great, I'm glad you guys are digging it! Feel free to spread the word. :)
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