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Forum: General Discussion 11-18-2014, 07:48 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,912
Posted By BillBachman
Re: What's On Your Shopping List?

I've wanted an 8" deep brass Pearl free floating snare for years. I just need to find the perfect under-priced used one that I can clean up. Then the monster of rock can come out and kick into beast...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-18-2014, 07:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 502
Posted By BillBachman
Re: problems with tremolos on xhylaphone

Tremelo's (or rolls) on xylo are all about fast single strokes coming purely from the wrist. Finger control is not applicable here since there's basically no rebound on a keyboard, which is why I'm...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-18-2014, 07:38 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 683
Posted By BillBachman
Re: Band members with bad timing

Record a gig and sit down as a band and listen/try to enjoy the heavy dose of truth serum! And then each member should make the adjustments in their flawed 1st person perspective in order to create a...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-18-2014, 07:36 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 730
Posted By BillBachman
Re: 32nd notes in a 16th note fill - singles or doubles?

For me it depends on the dynamic desired, the sound desired, the surface I'm playing on and the speed. That's a lot of variables!

That said, having all of your options open with some pretty dialed...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-18-2014, 07:33 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 861
Posted By BillBachman
Re: Realistic Expectations

Find the joy in making music! And in small accomplishments. We weren't put on this earth to be the best necessarily, but maybe the best we can be. And there's always the question of who you're...
Forum: Drum Technique 10-16-2014, 01:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 639
Posted By BillBachman
Re: Got about 15 mins each day to increase speed... How should I practice?

What is it you want to get faster at? 15 smart & targeted minutes a day can be quite effective.
Forum: Drum Technique 10-07-2014, 06:48 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 939
Posted By BillBachman
Re: complete beginner; problem with bass drum technique

Here's a little lesson I did on foot technique fundamentals that may help you out. Good luck!

http://www.drumworkout.com/foot-technique-w-bill-bachman/
Forum: Drum Technique 10-03-2014, 06:42 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,586
Posted By BillBachman
Re: How to inspire a new student in 45 minutes

I've read part way back on this, but here are my thoughts:

As the teacher, don't be afraid to play a decent bit during lessons. I used to feel that "I should devote every second to serving this...
Forum: General Discussion 10-02-2014, 06:18 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 922
Posted By BillBachman
Re: John Bonham Snare on the bay

I have a 6.5x14" steel Pearl Export snare from 1989 and a tuning key. I'll stick with that this time around.
Forum: Drum Technique 09-17-2014, 06:42 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,477
Posted By BillBachman
Re: THE AMBIDEXTROUS THREAD

I went through the whole Funky Primer book of rock/funk beats left handed/footed. I had no ambitions of ambidextarity, I just wanted to put miles on my left side. It did me good for sure, though the...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-15-2014, 05:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 808
Posted By BillBachman
Re: Hand Pain

I watched your video and here's what I noticed:

Your wrist pretty much never makes it down to neutral relative to the forearm when playing wrist strokes. You're hitting the drum with the hand...
Forum: General Discussion 09-10-2014, 05:20 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,606
Posted By BillBachman
Re: The Speed Obsession

Virtuosity will pretty much always be effective at stirring emotions and imagination (unless it's entirely over people's heads). Speed is a obvious outlet to display virtuosity.

That said,...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-10-2014, 05:15 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,607
Posted By BillBachman
Re: Do you use moeller for back beats?

Thanks for the compliment Dre25!

Rimshot or not, I believe it's better to whip to the backbeat. There's less interaction with/manipulation of the stick: the more nature and the less of you the...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-02-2014, 08:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,003
Posted By BillBachman
Re: Took a 3 month long break from practicing regularly

Time off from time to time is a good thing for sure. I think of it like de-fragmenting a hard drive, all those miscellaneous little bits of information scattered all over in your brain organize and...
Forum: Drum Technique 08-28-2014, 03:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 604
Posted By BillBachman
Re: good progress based educational drum vids. are they out there???

Hi there, you just explained drumworkout.com pretty accurately!
Forum: Drum Technique 08-25-2014, 05:51 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,477
Posted By BillBachman
Re: THE AMBIDEXTROUS THREAD

Yes, it's true, I'm a lefty! I write left, throw a ball left, turn a door knob left, type left (yes with one hand only)--all while swinging, kicking & drumming righty. When I started playing...
Forum: Drum Technique 08-22-2014, 06:14 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,607
Posted By BillBachman
Re: Do you use moeller for back beats?

Absolutely! and here's my video on it from drumworkout.com:

http://www.drumworkout.com/moeller-whip-backbeat/
Forum: Drum Technique 08-02-2014, 05:30 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,434
Posted By BillBachman
Re: Quick doubles on the kick

Just put more "weight" (so to speak) on the first one. I too have an easier time locking the second beat in because of the nature of the two (first one's a set-up and the second one gets driven...
Forum: Drum Technique 08-02-2014, 05:38 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,434
Posted By BillBachman
Re: Quick doubles on the kick

Thanks guys, I really appreciate the kind words. :)
Forum: Drum Technique 07-29-2014, 10:18 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,434
Posted By BillBachman
Re: Quick doubles on the kick

Yeah, believe it or not that was totally unintentional! It's a brutally bad pun that I only caught long after the fact. :)
Forum: Drum Technique 07-29-2014, 10:17 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,434
Posted By BillBachman
Re: Quick doubles on the kick

It's both actually, you do a double while the slide to different leverage points sets you up for success for a nice balance volume-wise.
Forum: Drum Technique 07-29-2014, 12:22 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,434
Posted By BillBachman
Re: Quick doubles on the kick

Newoldie, I just play with basic shoes without paying much attention. I do not play in thick running shoes though, I don't want too much squish where the rubber meets the road so to speak.

As for...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-28-2014, 07:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,434
Posted By BillBachman
Re: Quick doubles on the kick

Here's my blog/lesson on it:

http://www.drumworkout.com/foot-pedal-doubles/
Forum: Drum Technique 07-20-2014, 06:15 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,400
Posted By BillBachman
Re: Practice Pads

The Vic Firth Heavy Hitter Stockpad is the ticket!
Forum: Drum Technique 07-07-2014, 06:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,514
Posted By BillBachman
Re: Bill Bachman's Drumworkout.com - One Week Free Access

Hi there! I note with my slow/past vertical approach that you should not let the stick touch the palm of your hand at all, the palm is the "brakes." This way you're always completely loose such that...
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