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Drummer Talk Archives – Traditional Grip, Gecko Drums

We’re at PASIC 2008 this week, so enjoy a blast from the past with this show that originally “aired” on September 22, 2005.

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The podcast for this week features a massive gaggle of people as Dave, Ian Mac, Shane, Chris, Jes, Mike, Matt, and Carter ALL cram into Dave’s office. We talk about listener feedback, traditional grip, Gecko Drums, and drumming health. This show is the longest to date and cracks the 1hr mark for the first time! W00T!!

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In Defense of Tradition

Traditional grip has come under considerable fire as of late in the drumming community. They say that because of its origins in marching where the drums were tilted, it loses most, if not all of its relevance in a world where mostly position our drums with much less angle then in the old days. They also cite (correctly) that matched grip is a much more natural grip. Both arguments have their merits, but I am of the opinion that traditional grip is and shall remain formidable presence for as long as there are drummers.

I will be the first to admit that matched grip has many advantages over traditional and may be a better general grip. However, there are some areas where traditional grip is superior to matched. One of these area is subtlety. Much of which has to do with the upside down nature of the traditional grip and its placement in front of the fulcrum an opposed to behind it. Subtly comes from the ability to control the stick beginning, during and after the stroke. While matched and traditional are roughly even in the beginning and the end of the stroke, traditional excels in the area of control of the stick during flight. This comes mostly from its being in front of the fulcrum. Read more

Drummer Talk 04/04/2008 – Get a Grip, Yo!

We talk all about grips on today’s show – French, German, American, and traditional grip. Also, we talk Gretsch’s 125th Anniversary Contest, Sabian’s Dream Spot Contest, Paiste’s new site, Protection Racket’s new double pedal bag, Pearl’s Redline Reference kit, Taylor Hawkins rocking with Rush, and the best Korean drummer video ever! Tony Coleman is the drummer (we roll an recent interview with him,) and the 9-stroke roll is the rudiment of the week. Show Notes

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DVD review – Jojo Mayer’s Secret Weapons for the Modern Drummer

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This is with out a doubt the finest guide to hand technique ever filmed and hence, shall be the standard to which all drum technique videos are held. It covers the entire spectrum of Jojo’s hand technique arsenal. From the absolute beginning (grips, fulcrum, hand position, matched and traditional grip, etc…) to the most advanced techniques that he uses in his playing (moller, drop bounce, push pull, etc…). Jojo explains the physical and anatomical aspects of each technique, and makes excellent use of slow motion and CGI effects, so you can see and truly grasp what you are seeing. He lays out exercises, trouble shoots problems, and explains the main points of his practicing philosophy. All of this makes learning the techniques, not only possible but surprisingly fast. Especially when compared to somebody just aimlessly practicing without a plan. Props to Jojo for doing all the heavy brain work for us. Read more

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DVD review – Steve Smith’s Drum-set Technique/History of the U.S. Beat

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This dvd is kind odd in the sense that it accomplishes two very distinct goals as opposed to one vague one. The first dvd in the set is like a clinic with general drum technique in mind. The second one is like a themed showcase concert, the theme being the history and development of the U.S. beat. I’m extremely satisfied with the set as a whole but the second dvd is the thing that makes me glad I bought it. I personally think people of all sorts need to know at least something about their history, drummers are no exception. So I’d like to thank Steve and the guys at Hudson for making this a two disk, two subject set. I say this because they very well could have just shot the first disk and sold it for half price. The first disk can stand on its own but I don’t think that the second one would sell by itself. Good thinking, Hudson. Read more

Drummer Talk 02/13/2006 – All About Grips

Tonight, Dave and the gang get together and discuss the various types of grips as well as single stroke roll rudiments. Also, we have our first MMMBop MMMoment.  Show Notes

Drummer Talk 09/22/2005 – Traditional Grip, Gecko Drums

The podcast for this week features a massive gaggle of people as Dave, Ian Mac, Shane, Chris, Jes, Mike, Matt, and Carter ALL cram into Dave’s office. We talk about listener feedback, traditional grip, Gecko Drums, and drumming health. This show is the longest to date and cracks the 1hr mark for the first time! W00T!!

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