In regards to the first vid...The very thing Dave is talking about(going up onto the tip of the stick) is something I don't try to do at all...If fact, I've been reworking Trad on my pads for over a year just to get that "power postition" that Weck used to talk about on his old vids. Vinnie's Trad has always been near perfection as far as I can tell...and it's mesmerizing to watch...and I think that's apparent. But, IMO, with Vinnie, he doesn't go "up" or unflat to his snare...He controls the sh*t out of it, and the positioning of the stick to the snare is a big part of that. To get the "control" with the "power position", IMO, it's imperative that the thumb is mobilized and utilized to the fullest. And that's where I've always lacked... But my recent development is to slightly "curl" the thumb onto my index finger. That seems to 1. Keep contact between my thumb and index finger and 2. keep my thumb in a position to move freely along with the stick. That's just what works for me although I've not adapted that to the kit yet, although I have higher expectations that it would be "adaptable".
Jeez, that's a lot of "quotations". haha Peace.
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