Why You Need A Website (and how to have your own in under 5 minutes)

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Do you already have a website? If not, is it because it seems like it would be too stressful/time consuming/expensive? It really isn't - I'll show you. In case you need convincing about taking the leap... This post contains sponsored links from Bluehost.   Here's why I think having a website is such a great thing NOTE: if you don't want to read all this, just check out the video at the bottom of the post. 1. You get your own email address Yes, I know it's all about Read more [...]

Developing Bass Drum Control – Part 5

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Developing Bass Drum Control
Be sure to check out the other videos in this series first, and the MasterClass lesson on bass drum technique. You can get PolyNome at www.polynome.net, or if you don't have an Apple device you can get Pyramid for Mac & PC here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZfSFTPWi7w Here's a list of the hand foot combinations you could work through: RFRF (single stroke roll, RH lead) FRFR (single stroke roll, foot lead) RRFF (double stroke roll, RH lead) RFFR (inverted double stroke Read more [...]

Developing Bass Drum Control – Part 4

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series Developing Bass Drum Control
Be sure to check out the other videos in this series first, and the MasterClass lesson on bass drum technique. You can get PolyNome at www.polynome.net, or if you don't have an Apple device you can get Pyramid for Mac & PC here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCd3UrrJiaM Here's a list of the stickings I worked through in the video: RLRL (single stroke roll, RH lead) LRLR (single stroke roll, LH lead) RRLL (double stroke roll, RH lead) RLLR (inverted double stroke roll, Read more [...]

Developing Bass Drum Control – Part 1

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series Developing Bass Drum Control
If you're a heel up player you might want to check out part 0 of this series (on technique) and the MasterClass lesson first. Although I only spend a few minutes explaining the exercises in these lessons, the key to mastery is to spend a long time practicing them and don't move on until they feel comfortable to play.  It takes time for your body to learn new techniques.  By playing around with these exercises and making small adjustments to your technique as you go, you'll be giving your body Read more [...]

Developing Bass Drum Control – Technique Notes

This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series Developing Bass Drum Control
PLEASE NOTE: This is the first in the series on Bass Drum Control.  More videos will be added soon.  Like the Facebook page, subscribe to my RSS feed, or get a free MasterClass account to be notified of new videos when they're posted. One thing I'd love to master is the ability to play bursts of 3 or more notes on the kick with confidence and accuracy.  My right foot is the weakest element in most grooves that I play and I think it's about time I paid more attention to it.  I've been working Read more [...]

Harder than it looks!

I want to know if you find this as difficult as I did. It feels easy to me now, but for 20 mins last night I was finding it pretty tricky. Post in the comments and let me know. The basic swiss 6-stroke roll is two 8th notes followed by four 1/16th notes.  The 8th notes are accented.  I'll put underscores to represent 1/16th note spaces: R_L_rlrl All I'm doing is taking out some, or all of the left hand taps.  Taking them all out gives you: R_L_r_r_ ...which is evenly spaced 8th Read more [...]

Learning hand technique from your better half

If you play matched grip it's likely that one hand feels more comfortable than the other.  We're so used to playing with sticks that it sometimes becomes difficult to notice the differences in your hands. I like to pick up other objects to see if my hands seem to hold them in the same way.  Lighter objects can reveal a lot about how tight your grip is. Check out the video to see what I mean... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhDu2l2DqOE The idea of practising rudiments with brushes came Read more [...]