Gavin Harrison here!

crimsonfloyd

Junior Member
G'day Gavin,

just a quick note about the PT Royal Albert Hall concert - I am trying to make it to come from Germany, and there are lots of different fans from all over Europe coming (if we can trust the PTForum), which I think is really, really great. To me, it's basically tripping to London for the third time and seeing the RAH for the first time (I'm 20), and as I said, I'll try to make it.

Anyway, just a quick thought: I'd be interested in the solution to that "Magic Towel Trick" you did on the last tour in the break during "Trains". But, as I guess, real magicians don't reveal their secrets, do they?

And the thought about the studio photos are seconded.

Cheers
Fabian
 

AAP

Junior Member
Hi AAP

What stand you use with those you "home made" cymbals over your Hi-hat?
Its looks like one boom with some holders?


I used to have custom made ones - but it's been easier to make them in Sonor parts. I had to customize one little thing though. The basic arm which is the cymbal holder needed to be threaded right the way down to the bottom of the shaft on cymbal positions 1,3 & 5. This is so I could get the height differences and have the cymbals overlapping and very close together.

Then I just cut off the excess thread that is standing up above the cymbal. You can see that here before I did the cutting.

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when I break it down I just take off the cymbals and slide the bar out that's holding the 5 cymbal arms - then put it in a case like that.

cheers
Gavin
i was thinking that its some kind of that..
I think i can make same stand for these Sonor parts?
http://www.thomann.de/fi/sonor_ba_ch_basic_arm_cymbal_halter.htm x5
http://www.thomann.de/fi/sonor_ba19_br_basic_arm_19raste.htm x5
http://www.thomann.de/fi/sonor_ba_tb_basic_arm_tele_boom_arm.htm x1
PS: Have you tried Paiste cup chimes? Do they sound at all like your custom made ones?
 
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Gavin Harrison

DRUMMERWORLD PRO DRUMMER
Hi Kalma

could you make some photos of your home-studio? It would be great as I would know how you organized your room.
Also i'd like to see what absorber-stuff you used and how you setted them up!


Here's a couple of shots of the kit in my studio..

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Hi crimsonfloyd

Anyway, just a quick thought: I'd be interested in the solution to that "Magic Towel Trick" you did on the last tour in the break during "Trains". But, as I guess, real magicians don't reveal their secrets, do they?


I could tell you...but then I'd have to kill you!!

Hi AAP

i was thinking that its some kind of that..
I think i can make same stand for these Sonor parts?
http://www.thomann.de/fi/sonor_ba_ch...bal_halter.htm x5
http://www.thomann.de/fi/sonor_ba19_...rm_19raste.htm x5
http://www.thomann.de/fi/sonor_ba_tb...e_boom_arm.htm x1
PS: Have you tried Paiste cup chimes? Do they sound at all like your custom made ones?


You're nearly there. I believe you're going to need:

5 x http://www.thomann.de/fi/sonor_ba_ch_basic_arm_cymbal_halter.htm
6 x http://www.thomann.de/fi/sonor_ba19_br_basic_arm_19raste.htm
1 x http://www.thomann.de/fi/sonor_ba_cr_basic_arm_conn_raste.htm
1 x http://www.thomann.de/gb/sonor_br12_mc_basic_rack_mit_arm.htm

then you'll need to get 3 of the cymbal holders threaded down to the bottom - if you want the cymbals to have different heights.

Yes I used to have a set of Paiste Cup Chimes.

cheers
Gavin
 

SantiBanks

Senior Member
Hi Gavin,

One of my best friends sent me a tape of a level42 concert at the brighton dome in 1994. I'm not really familiar with their reportoire but I'm listening to the concert now and it really blows me away! Great stuff and wonderful playing! I'll bet it must be great to play as a drummer with Mark King.

Also found out of your Dizrhytmia project with Jakko. His site mentions in the news flashes (over the span of a couple of years though) about recording the second album (and a flood in your studio???). Is that project still going? I'm very curious about that.

Cheers!
Santi

and p.s.; great pics! Love the shells of your kit. Great finish!
 

David Floegel

Silver Member
Yeah great Gavin!!! Thank you very much!!

I'm curious where I can find the "Tribal Finish" in the SQ2-Configurator.
I just found Red Tribal finish..

Can you or anybody else here tell me where i can find it?
Or has it been removed?!


thanks again for the photos!!

David
 

AAP

Junior Member
Hi AAP

i was thinking that its some kind of that..
I think i can make same stand for these Sonor parts?
http://www.thomann.de/fi/sonor_ba_ch...bal_halter.htm x5
http://www.thomann.de/fi/sonor_ba19_...rm_19raste.htm x5
http://www.thomann.de/fi/sonor_ba_tb...e_boom_arm.htm x1
PS: Have you tried Paiste cup chimes? Do they sound at all like your custom made ones?


You're nearly there. I believe you're going to need:

5 x http://www.thomann.de/fi/sonor_ba_ch_basic_arm_cymbal_halter.htm
6 x http://www.thomann.de/fi/sonor_ba19_br_basic_arm_19raste.htm
1 x http://www.thomann.de/fi/sonor_ba_cr_basic_arm_conn_raste.htm
1 x http://www.thomann.de/gb/sonor_br12_mc_basic_rack_mit_arm.htm

then you'll need to get 3 of the cymbal holders threaded down to the bottom - if you want the cymbals to have different heights.

Yes I used to have a set of Paiste Cup Chimes.

cheers
Gavin
Thanks Gavin! By the way,is that rack Pearl DR-80 on those pics?
Do you use Pearl iconrack just on tours?
 
Hi Gavin,

I just started getting into playing along with some of the Porcupine Tree stuff. I started off with Deadwing as it seems to be one of your easier songs (but not for me ha ha). Anyways I was wondering about two fills you do on there. Starting at 8:05-8:08 are you just doing straight eight notes at the top with with your feet coming down? Same situation with the fills on 8:19-8:21 I just can't seem to put my finger on exactly what you are doing; thanks for your time by the way.
 

ProgFron

Junior Member
Hi Gavin,

Could you tell us some more about how you pan your kit?
I you know you like to have a driver's seat impression, which I also love.
But do you change panning from song to song or do you just go with a basic setup?

Have you ever tried an RE-20 on your snaredrum?
I tracked drums a few weeks ago and we ended up using an RE-20 on top and bottom and it sounds sweet.
I can send you some audio if you'd like to hear it.

Cheers,

Francis
 

Gavin Harrison

DRUMMERWORLD PRO DRUMMER
Hi SantiBanks
Re: Gavin Harrison here!
Hi Gavin,

One of my best friends sent me a tape of a level42 concert at the brighton dome in 1994. I'm not really familiar with their reportoire but I'm listening to the concert now and it really blows me away! Great stuff and wonderful playing! I'll bet it must be great to play as a drummer with Mark King.

Yes that was good fun to play - and Mark King is like a steam train on the bass!!!

Also found out of your Dizrhytmia project with Jakko. His site mentions in the news flashes (over the span of a couple of years though) about recording the second album (and a flood in your studio???). Is that project still going?

We've been thinking about finishing the 2nd album for the last 15 years!! We never really find the time to do it.

and p.s.; great pics! Love the shells of your kit. Great finish!

It's amazing - and by the way - it's a real wood veneer hand painted and lacquered - not a plastic wrap.

Hi Kalma

I'm curious where I can find the "Tribal Finish" in the SQ2-Configurator.
I just found Red Tribal finish..


I've been told that they don't offer the "Tribal" finish anymore. I think I got the last ever kit they made in that finish.

Hi AAP

Thanks Gavin! By the way,is that rack Pearl DR-80 on those pics?
Do you use Pearl iconrack just on tours?


No in my studio is the original Pearl Drum Rack from 20 years ago. Designed by Jeff Porcaro and Paul Jameson. I just use the Icon rack on tour.

Hi krayziemex99

I just started getting into playing along with some of the Porcupine Tree stuff. I started off with Deadwing as it seems to be one of your easier songs (but not for me ha ha). Anyways I was wondering about two fills you do on there. Starting at 8:05-8:08 are you just doing straight eight notes at the top with with your feet coming down?

That fill is triplet quarter notes on the snare and crash together and between each hit are two bass drum notes.

Same situation with the fills on 8:19-8:21 I just can't seem to put my finger on exactly what you are doing; thanks for your time by the way.

That is 6 triplet 16ths on the tom with two notes on the bass drum just before it starts. Quite hard to play at that speed.

Hi ProgFron

Could you tell us some more about how you pan your kit?
I you know you like to have a driver's seat impression, which I also love.
But do you change panning from song to song or do you just go with a basic setup?


Usually from my perspective sitting behind the kit. I don't change it from song to song. Occasionally - like on a DVD I'll pan it from the audience perspective as it looks/sounds to them.

Have you ever tried an RE-20 on your snaredrum?


I never have tried it on the snare drum. I've used it in the bass drum many times. It's a BIG mic !!!

cheers
Gavin
 

David Floegel

Silver Member
Hi Kalma

I'm curious where I can find the "Tribal Finish" in the SQ2-Configurator.
I just found Red Tribal finish..


I've been told that they don't offer the "Tribal" finish anymore. I think I got the last ever kit they made in that finish.
cheers
Gavin
Oh my god.. Thats a pitty...
I love the finish...
Hm, ok.. When I got all money I will ask if they would do it for me again! ;)


All the best and thanks again
David
 

SantiBanks

Senior Member
We've been thinking about finishing the 2nd album for the last 15 years!! We never really find the time to do it.
Too bad to hear that. Still looking forward to a second album :)

It's amazing - and by the way - it's a real wood veneer hand painted and lacquered - not a plastic wrap.

cheers
Gavin
They really look amazing and unique! Did you take this one with you on tour btw? I honestly can't remember what kit you where playing.
 

Hurlza

Junior Member
Thanks for the reply gavin. When you play Drawing The Line do you lead on the snare drum with your right or left hand? and when SW or 05ric or whoever sends you a song to play on what do you listen for in the music to construct your part around?
 

Drum-R

Junior Member
Hi Gavin,

I'm about to buy 3 crashes for my kit. I want to know what is your favorite crashes combination...

I think I will buy:

18'' K Custom Dark Crash
15'' K Custom Dark Crash
17'' K Custom Dark Crash

Would it sound good? I just want to know what do you think about it.
And is it a good idea to mix different cymbals? Like A's with K's..

Thanks for your time...

ps: Sorry for the english mistakes, I'm from Québec.
 

ChrisGau

Junior Member
Just to let you all know. I received an email from Hudson Music announcing Gavin's new DVD:

Rhythmic Designs Gavin Harrison, Terry Branham, 05Ric Book/DVD

The advanced book/DVD package has been created to provide contemporary drummers with a method for studying and developing the technical and musical skills required to perform today’s challenging, progressive drumming styles.

Rhythmic Designs expands on the groundbreaking polyrhythmic, polymetric concepts covered in Harrison’s previously published Rhythmic Illusions, Rhythmic Visions and Rhythmic Horizons books and videos by offering detailed analysis and transcriptions of twenty drum tracks from the recent Gavin Harrison & 05Ric albums “Drop” and “Circles” (featuring guitarist Robert Fripp and keyboardists Dave Stewart and Gary Sanctuary). Along with the 204-page book of note-for-note transcriptions and practice exercises, the double-sided companion DVD features more than two-and-a-half hours of video packed with descriptions and discussions of the drum parts, set-ups, tuning and recording process—plus six minus-drums, play-along tracks

£21.95 plus £2 p&p in Europe £5 p&p outside Europe
Couldn't find it in the online shop which is why I wanted to let you know. Hey... this is going to be big fun - a challenging type of fun though ;-).

Edit: YouTube-Trailer -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EL152cW-01k
 

Gavin Harrison

DRUMMERWORLD PRO DRUMMER
Hi SantiBanks

They really look amazing and unique! Did you take this one with you on tour btw?

Yes on the Euro tour. I have a different one in the States.

Hi Hurlza

When you play Drawing The Line do you lead on the snare drum with your right or left hand?

I lead with my right hand - it's actually a deceptively difficult part to play.

when SW or 05ric or whoever sends you a song to play on what do you listen for in the music to construct your part around?

The bass line, the vocal melody, any rhythmic stuff in the guitars.

Hi Phil Brodermann

when you were 17-20 years old, can you remember how much (hours) and how often you practiced?

It's hard to say exactly but I tried to practise every day at least 2-4 hours.

Hi Drum-R

I'm about to buy 3 crashes for my kit. I want to know what is your favorite crashes combination...I think I will buy:

18'' K Custom Dark Crash
15'' K Custom Dark Crash
17'' K Custom Dark Crash


it would be a very good choice. I have no problem mixing A's and K's - consider that the bell size on the 15" and 17" will be the medium size and on the 18" will be the big size which has a bit more balls to it.

Hi ChrisGau,

Couldn't find it in the online shop which is why I wanted to let you know.


The book should be released on the 15th and I will have signed copies for sale via my shop very soon http://www.burningshed.com/store/gavinharrison/

cheers
Gavin
 

leftyrightplayer

Junior Member
Hi Gavin, Happy New Year to you and your family. I was wondering...

I'm struggling to find a job at the moment (can't even afford a pair of drumsticks) but have thought about the royal marines band. Do you know anyone whose in it and wether its worth joining? Im pretty sure I would just be focusing on the snare and have to say bye to my kit for a while. Which would be quite difficult.

Also did it take you a while to aquire your studio and practise space? Thats a goal of mine to.

Hope your well

Charlie
 

Gavin Harrison

DRUMMERWORLD PRO DRUMMER
Hi Kalma

Do you use s-hoops on both side of the drums?

No just on the tops.

Hi leftyrightplayer

I'm struggling to find a job at the moment (can't even afford a pair of drumsticks) but have thought about the royal marines band. Do you know anyone whose in it and wether its worth joining?


I don't know anything about the Royal Marines band - sorry.

Also did it take you a while to aquire your studio and practise space? Thats a goal of mine to.

I had been looking for a house that I could build a studio and make a pretty loud noise in (that wouldn't drive the neighbours mad) since 1985...but couldn't afford too much back then. We finally found this house - which met all the requirements back in 1997.

OK Here's a news flash.
The project that Terry Branam and I spent all last summer on (and a whole lot more!) is finally coming out and I have a limited number of signed copies.

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Rhythmic Designs (Book & DVD package) has very highly detailed transcriptions by Terry Branam of nineteen drum tracks from the recent Gavin Harrison and 05Ric albums "Drop" and "Circles".
Along with the 204-page book there's a double-sided companion DVD shot in my studio featuring 2 hours 45 minutes of video packed with descriptions, demonstrations and discussions of the drum parts, set-ups, tuning and recording process - plus six minus-drums, play-along tracks. Plus an extra bonus track with bonus transcription.

This package expands on the concepts covered in my previously published books "Rhythmic Illusions", "Rhythmic Perspectives" books and DVDs "Rhythmic Visions and Rhythmic Horizons" by offering detailed analysis of the practical application of the concepts and methods in those books and DVDs.

Available from (should ship the week of the 19th Jan) http://www.burningshed.com/store/gavinharrison/

cheers
Gavin
 
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