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"Jacob, you've got GREAT hands!!! ...hands from hell...!" Jim Chapin - circa 2005 (20th century’s most influential drum set educator)

Over 35 yrs. international professional performance experience on stage, screen & television in diverse of musical styles.

Professional Jazz & Contemporary Drummer - Drum Set Educator



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Testimonial: "Since I have been studying with Jacob my hand speed has doubled.  My independence is more solid, and I appreciate his willingness to take me out of my comfort zone in order to build my chops, I came to Jacob for drum set but, I have also seen a huge improvement in my timpani chops as well.  I feel lucky to be studying with a master." Terrence LaCroix, B.M. Northern Kentucky University (Orchestre Symphonique des Musiciens du Monde & Orchestre symphonique de l'isle)

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Coordinated Independence & Moeller Method
Drum Set Essentials

As an experienced teach and former student of Jim Chapin (20th century's most influential drum set educator) I focus on 2 essential aspects unique to drum set:

  1. Four-Limb Coordinated Independence - for all styles
  2. Hand Technique - the Moeller Method

Moeller Method emphasizes relaxed natural body movements which offers a more "open" playing approach to the instrument. Employing modern concepts evolving from educator Jim Chapin, with whom Jacob studied.
Applies to matched and traditional grips for ALL drumming styles (used by Vinnie Colaiuta, Jo Jo Mayer, Thomas Lang, Joe Morello, Steve Smith, Buddy Rich, Dave Weckl, etc)

"Advanced Techniques for the Modern Drummer" written by Jim Chapin.
For several decades, "the Chapin book" considered the definitive study on coordinated independence (as applied to ALL styles)... generations of drummers have struggled to master it.



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Moeller Method a "time-tested concept" which each student, young and old, student and professional, male and female, will find an essential prerequisite for any realistic attempt at Advanced studies.


"Moeller made you play things with a continuous motion," Chapin said in a 1981 Modern Drummer article. "The motion was the message. You made the motion and the stick played it. After awhile, it almost played itself."

"(Sanford) Moeller analyzed everything and stressed taking everything apart. If you played a paradiddle, you would learn what each hand did by itself. So from the time Moeller showed me that, I was able to think in terms of doing one thing with one hand and one thing with the other. That was the reason I got into the things that later developed into my book, 'Advanced Techniques for the Modern Drummer'." Jim Chapin

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