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Forum: General Discussion 01-21-2015, 05:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 382
Posted By BillBachman
Re: do i need a hi hat mic?

I always have a hi hat mic when I record since people generally expect a hi hat track when I send it off to them. However, I basically never use it in my own mixes--overheads pick it up just fine.
Forum: Drums 01-20-2015, 01:45 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,205
Posted By BillBachman
Re: NAMM 2015 - what do you expect to see?

Amen!! Wooden tubes... You just gotta` know how to tune them.
Forum: Drum Technique 01-17-2015, 04:06 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,397
Posted By BillBachman
Re: Independence vs learning set patterns

Back to the original question, yes you got it with your summation. Once you've mastered enough coordinated bits then you can switch between them at will in order to seem independent.

Food for...
Forum: General Discussion 01-15-2015, 07:37 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 967
Posted By BillBachman
Re: HELP, permanent beastmode

Volume is a matter of the force put into the drums. Force is mass X velocity squared, so velocity is the way bigger factor. Faster strokes (in terms of stick speed) can easily produce more sound (and...
Forum: Drum Technique 01-15-2015, 07:30 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 679
Posted By BillBachman
Re: New Breed for a relative beginner?

It can work for you, but depending on your personality type there may be better options. When I look at New Breed I see 25 years worth of work where it's hard to tangibly measure progress.
Forum: General Discussion 01-08-2015, 03:00 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 5,356
Posted By BillBachman
Re: Meytal Cohen? She plays, right?

I second checking out Emmanuelle Caplette, she's the real deal. And Anika Nilles too!
Forum: Drum Technique 01-08-2015, 02:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 918
Posted By BillBachman
Re: How to build up weaker hand?

Amen to learning French grip on the weaker hand! (That's step 7 on my Extreme Hands Makeover on drumworkout.com.) Even if you never directly use it, it does wonders for developing the fulcrum/finger...
Forum: General Discussion 12-15-2014, 08:17 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,109
Posted By BillBachman

Genesis: Abacab
Rush: Moving Pictures
Living Colour: Vivid

There are of course many more, but these stick out as I was into them at such a young & impressionable age. Especially the Genesis...
Forum: Drum Technique 12-15-2014, 08:12 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 892
Posted By BillBachman
Re: Moeller Technique ?

This may be of some help, here's my take on it from site with some Vic Firth love:

Forum: Drum Technique 12-09-2014, 06:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 569
Posted By BillBachman
Re: Recording advice/tips.

I would ask to get paid by song. If you (& they) nail it like studio vets you'll be in & out in 20 minutes after X amount of set-up/dial it in time. BUT, it sounds like everybody is probably less...
Forum: General Discussion 12-08-2014, 05:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 329
Posted By BillBachman
Re: I've had tendonitis in my wrists for the last year and half. I just joined a band. Advice?

It's just a technique issue. if you change your approach(es) to one (or those) which are more agreeable with your body, then you can go ballistic drumming 8 hours a day for life. I've had many...
Forum: Drum Technique 12-05-2014, 04:48 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 952
Posted By BillBachman
Re: Playing 15 years, terrible stick control

Believe it or not, that's how I approach every student who comes to me, and they come to me ready to do just that. Pretty much every problem drummers have comes right down to some fundamental issue....
Forum: Drum Technique 12-04-2014, 05:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 453
Posted By BillBachman
Re: Different grip on each hand

Having two different versions of matched grips won't be harmful or cause injury, but you will hit limitations for sure. Ultimately you'll want both hands to be be able to play all different positions...
Forum: Drum Technique 12-02-2014, 04:44 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,799
Posted By BillBachman
Re: leaving the kick beater on the bass head?

I think we're all more on the same page than it seems. My post was basically defending burying the beater as a viable and good thing, not a lesser technique.

Both are good and I play both ways...
Forum: Drum Technique 12-01-2014, 04:47 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,799
Posted By BillBachman
Re: leaving the kick beater on the bass head?

There's a time and place for each, burying and letting it come off the head. Among other things it depends on the drum--pillow or no pillow, port or no port. (A pillow and port make burying easy with...
Forum: Drum Technique 12-01-2014, 04:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 472
Posted By BillBachman
Re: Playing with exaggerated dynamics.

I got an odd compliment once. A buddy said, "I can always tell when it's you playing because of the dynamics in the fills." I never really thought about it, but coming from an orchestral/rudimental...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-30-2014, 05:43 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,531
Posted By BillBachman
Re: Confusion on rolls - open or closed?

Buzz rolls are usually 3 notes per hand. When I break down a triple stroke roll it graduates right into a buzz when reefed with no changes. When slowing down with a smooth transition it becomes...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-26-2014, 06:21 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,531
Posted By BillBachman
Re: Confusion on rolls - open or closed?

Oh, and I strongly dislike the descriptor "open-closed-open" for slow to fast to slow rudimental breakdowns. Some people misunderstand and in the middle of their roll suddenly switch to a buzz roll....
Forum: Drum Technique 11-26-2014, 06:17 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,531
Posted By BillBachman
Re: Confusion on rolls - open or closed?

In an orchestral context they are all buzzed, rudimental or otherwise they are open double stroke rhythms.

The question of slashes through the note stem came up; here's the deal: A slash through...
Forum: General Discussion 11-24-2014, 07:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,141
Posted By BillBachman
Re: Simon Phillips talks 'bout open handed, dynamics, big sound and recording :)

Great videos, thanks for sharing!

I've always love his drum sounds and playing. What a champ.
Forum: General Discussion 11-18-2014, 07:48 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,381
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: 9
Views: 957
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: 21
Views: 1,724
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: 23
Views: 1,230
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: 24
Views: 1,220
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...
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