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  •  This guy was amazing! (5+ / 0-)

    It may be apocryphal, but I was told he invented the HighHat! And look at the top-down shot, notice that he has a tom to his left? What it was, was he was ambidextrous. His left hand was just as coordinated as his right. So he used both hands on the snare and worked his low notes with either hand.
    I had the great fortune to see him at Yale, jamming with Willy Ruff and Dwike Mitchell. He had to be in his 70s by then and still an amazing drummer.
    I came home from that and moved my second floor tom over to the left and it changed my whole method of playing.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Mon Sep 16, 2013 at 06:40:58 AM PDT

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