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

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"Studying with Jacob has been a rewarding experience in many regards. Through his teaching, I have been able to deconstruct and rebuild my playing habits, using proper technique and placing emphasis on being confident and relaxed in my approach. He provides constructive feedback which really facilitates the learning process, and is genuinely interested in developing a lesson plan to enable you to reach your personal goals, whatever they may be. Highly recommended for those who wish to take their drumming to the next level and beyond." - 2012 Sean J. Ph.D. candidate

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Moeller Method by former Jim Chapin Student available World Wide via Skype (New York, Los Angeles, London, etc.) and in Montreal & Toronto.

When drummers who after taken lessons with JoJo Mayer and Bruce Becker contact Jacob for further clarification about Moeller Method... well, he must be doing something right.

Moeller Method can be taught for matched and traditional grips & applies to any drumming styles as used by Vinnie Colaiuta, Jo Jo Mayer, Thomas Lang, Joe Morello, Steve Smith, Buddy Rich, Dave Weckl, etc

Jim Chapin, who some have called “20th century's most influential drum set educator” and Rick Latham calls “The father of drum set independence”. Perhaps because he understood best the two core concepts essential to drum set that we must endevour to master. What you ask?
Hand Technique and Coordinated Independence. NEXT Preliminaries for excellent technique....

Moeller Method is not the only hand technique concept out there, and it's not the only concept I teach, similar to the coordinated independence concepts I learned from Jim Chapin. These two are concepts have served me and others many times over and certainly will continue to do so.

Moeller Method a "time-tested concept" which opens up your playing to a more relax approach. Each student, young and old, student and professional, male and female, will find an essential for any realistic attempt at Advanced studies.

As a former student of Jim Chapin (20th century's most influential drum set educator) Jacob is uniquely qualified to teach Moeller Method, a "time-tested concept" which he learned "one-on-one" from Jim Chapin (who studied with Sanford A. Moeller, himself).

  1. Sanford Augustus Moeller
  2. James Forbes Chapin (Moeller protege)
  3. Jacob Kaye (Chapin protege)
  4. You

Avoiding antagonistic muscle movements, using principles of ergonomics, gravity, momentum, inertia and rebound to your advantage. Applying those principles to the "stick-to-hand-to-instrument" relationship. Similar application to pedal(s), each has its own balance and tension. When all is set in motion, they require little energy to propel. Once in motion you learn to control it, moving beyond the body and affecting musical groove and feel.


  • Fulcrum & Bounce/ Rebound Starting Point Focus
  • Finger Control -
  • Billy Gladstone & George L. Stone -
  • Moeller Method or Technique -

We're going to focus, for now, on one of the above because that concept has works toward Mastery of the instrument.

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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 a while, it almost played itself."

Below Video is a Rudimental Wilcoxin Solo. Charley Wilcoxon was one of the most prolific drum educators & authors of the 20th century.
Drummer Joe Morello was one of his most famous students. Joe Morello, one of the leaders of the jazz scene in the 1950’s as member of the Dave Brubeck Quartet.
Morello also an educator, he insisted all students to study from the Wilcoxon books. Two of his students became renowned worldwide and have passed Wilcoxon tradition along. Students John Riley and Steve Smith, two influential drummers and educators of our time, have helped bring the Wilcoxon’s influence back to life in American music.


"(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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