I can answer questions regarding drum and percussion subjects. If you have a question about technique, rudiments, grooves, fills, styles, reading (etc.) in relation to the drum set... ask away! I'm also able to help with timpani, vibes, marimba and hand percussion. I can also answer questions regarding the purchasing of drum and percussion instruments and accessories, including vintage and current items. I can help with restoration projects or research with the history of percussion instruments, music, repertoire, manufacturers etc.
I've been playing professionally and teaching music for 25 years. I'm involved in many genres of music and have played with a wide range of musicians from Todd Rundgren to Zubin Mehta. I'm also very interested in the instruments themselves and have owned or played many interesting ones.
Professional Drum Teachers Guild
Bachelor of Music, The Juilliard School
|Juel||08/10/15||7||7||9||Thanks for your time and help sir .....|
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Hi Hank, Excellent question. The definitions you got for a shuffle are good ones. Both shuffles and jazz rhythms are "swung" (triplet feel leaving out middle note etc.). The difference being, the patterns
Hi Joel, Welcome to the drumming community. The conventional way to play the intro to The National Anthem is to use a "buzz roll" or long roll as it's referred to in the NARD list of rudiments. It's an
Hi Andrew, Great question. A shuffle written in triplets with a rest on the middle note, that's written as you would play it. When you see a shuffle written in "straight" eighth notes, there should
Hello Juel, Have you tried the heel up, rocking your heel back and forth method? Also try doing doubles and paradiddles between your feet. Make sure your legs are relaxed. Our natural reaction
Hi Juel, Sorry it's taken so long to get back to you. I'm on vacation and haven't been checking my emails. What type of exercises are you doing? Best, Mike
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