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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 Jmaeff Ph.D. candidate
How you play is almost as important as What you play...
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.
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."
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
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).
Sanford Agustus Moeller
James Forbes Chapin (Moeller protege)
Jacob Kaye (Chapin protege)
Above YouTube video a demonstration ...
"(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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