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Hand Technique Development & Coordinated Independence Concepts
(Where "Knowledge & Ability" are King)

When drummers who have studied with JoJo Mayer and Bruce Becker contact Jacob for further clarification about Hand Technique... he, certainly is doing something right.

Jacob learned "one on one" from Jim Chapin, and he has taught hundreds of students, therefore he's uniquely qualified to specialize in Hand Technique, Moeller Method.

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NEXT A few preliminaries toward excellent technique!


"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."


(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

ABOVE Video is from the Charley Wilcoxon book, "Modern Rudimental Swing Solos for the Advanced Drummer". Joe Sefcik studied with Wilcoxon. Drummer Joe Morello was one of Joe Sefcik's most famous students. Two of Morello's students passed Wilcoxon tradition along. John Riley and Steve Smith, two influential drummers and educators of our time. ____________________________________________

Applying the Above Concepts to Drum set
- 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." F. Gruber

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