Gavin Harrison here!

droveto

Senior Member
Hi Gavin, just one quick question. You're awesome. :)
I know it's not a question, but wanted to say thanks for your dedication and willingness to share your secrets here with us. See you at Radio City in September.
 

mmrico

Junior Member
Hi Gavin, im from Brasil and love your drum work in all your projects.

I wondering if you could tell me how crash cymbal kit you use on modern drummer 2008.

thanks !!

nice I can talk to you!

best regards!

Rico
 

Gus

Member
Hi Gavin

Just got my copy of Rhythmic Designs and i´m fairly surprised with it, more than i initially had expected.

I´m sure it has been a huge work of transcription and shooting, so congratulations for the good work. Quantity and Quality for sure!!.

Such a deep and honest insight into your drumming, with the discussion of every groove, fill... deserve all my gratitude and praise -and as always will give work to do :) -.

Just a question about 'Normal' from NR: At the begining of the song when you start to play is a 4/3 polyrhythm? -not quite sure.

Thanks again for the inspiration.

Gustavo
 
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Gavin Harrison

DRUMMERWORLD PRO DRUMMER
steste50

1. The big fat sound of the bass drum disappears in the mix while the other instruments get in (i experienced it directly too: it's incredible how the kick jumps out while listening to a track and cutting down the bass frequencies of the kick little by little!). So.. why we should bother recording with sub's and other artifacts to get it fat anyway?

It all depends on the mix and what else is playing on the track. Sometimes (if there's sonic room) you can use some of the sub frequencies in the bass drum.

2. i saw u changed the mike u use from the 10" toms onwards (Sennheiser MD421?): why? what's the difference with the previous ones u were using?

I preferred the sound of them - especially in the lower toms. They seem to capture the lower frequencies better.

3. what are the big panels u put around the drumset? absorbers? diffusers?


They are old studio diffusers made by a company that I think doesn't exist any more called "AK" Acoustic Kinetics.

Hi Kalma

there is one question: in the song "break" you did a "mic hit" in one fill! was it planned??? why did you do it?

no it was an accidental hit - but it made me laugh so I left it in.

Hi mmrico

I wondering if you could tell me how crash cymbal kit you use on modern drummer 2008.

from my left...

# 16" Oriental China Trash
# 5 Custom-Made Chimes
# 13" K Hi-Hats
# 18" Crash of Doom
# 7" custom crash bell
# 9" custom crash bell
# 15" K Custom Crash
# 20" K Ride
# 18" A Custom Crash
# 12" Oriental China Trash
# 18" Z Custom China

Hi Gus

Just a question about 'Normal' from NR: At the begining of the song when you start to play is a 4/3 polyrhythm? -not quite sure.

not really it's just a bar of 4/4 broken into this syncopation: 4 groups of 3/16 + 4/16

cheers
Gavin
 

JeffV71

Junior Member
Gavin,

I wanted to congratulate you on the release of Rhythmic Designs. I got my copy (signed) and I've really been enjoying the video and transcriptions. Both you and Terry should be proud! Thanks so much for giving us drummers a way to expand our education with your insight and approach to drumming. Growing is learning and you've provided a great vehicle for that! They say humans only use about 10% of our brain during our entire lifetime. I think Rhythmic Designs might increase that statistic in us all!

My question: Do you ever reach a point as a drummer/musician to where you can listen to recordings you have done without turning on the "technical listening" side of yourself? Can you simply listen to it for what it is and enjoy it without critiquing it?

Thanks
 

jez-

Junior Member
I have my drum tech Jason set my stuff up for me on tour. When I've worked with different artists they've usually supplied me a drum tech from their crew. Most studio session I do these days are from home - and when I go to a external studio it depends how much stuff I'm going to take with me - and if there's budget to have a drum tech there for me. Otherwise I set it up myself.
Alright, thanks for your reply. It would be nice to know if you had to instruct or "train" your drum tech to set up your kit? Because I know that a drummer wants his kit to be exactly right, not almost right. :)
 

gymvideo

Junior Member
Hello gavin,
Two questions:
any news about the drum clinic in italy?
there will be a second european tour for the incident?

Thank you for the availability
 

Gavin Harrison

DRUMMERWORLD PRO DRUMMER
Hi JeffV71

Do you ever reach a point as a drummer/musician to where you can listen to recordings you have done without turning on the "technical listening" side of yourself? Can you simply listen to it for what it is and enjoy it without critiquing it?


Yes I can listen to it without focusing on what I did and just enjoy the music.

Hi jez-

It would be nice to know if you had to instruct or "train" your drum tech to set up your kit? Because I know that a drummer wants his kit to be exactly right, not almost right. :)


I think it''s quite easy to build my set. Almost everything is on the rack including most of the mic stands - and they are all marked clearly and have memory locks. There's a mat that the whole thing sits on - so all the legs of the rack and other stands are marked on the mat. I didn't really need to show Jason how to do it. He took some notes about what the order of the cymbals are and after that he set it up perfectly. I insist on changing all my own skins though.

Hi gymvideo

any news about the drum clinic in italy?
there will be a second european tour for the incident?


I'm sorry but I don't have news about any of these things. No plans at the moment.

cheers
Gavin
 

Fiery

Silver Member
Hi Gavin,

Regarding Axis pedals, have you tried out the new A21 design? It should supposedly offer more power than the standard longboards, and since you are one of the rare people I've heard of who get more power from Axis than other pedals, I wonder what are your thoughts on the new design.

Thanks for your time!
 

iwantmemoney

Senior Member
hey! you're such a great drummer, yet you've said that possibly your technique isn't perfect, and that you tend to hold the sticks toward (or right at) the back end. i have seen the value and purpose of doing exactly that, especially for being able to deliver at a high level, either recording or performing- there is a lot of speed and control with minimal wear on the hands.
if you had time to work, without the demands of constant playing, do you think there is the possibility you could achieve all the finesse and power that you have with your current grip, by moving the hands up a little, and perfecting it? thanks for being so accessible, but i don't mind if you don't answer this- mostly i am just thinking out loud and working things out in my own personal "drummerworld".
thanks for the great, great inspiration.
 
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Hi Dont Taze Me Bro

So, I have one question. Any plans to go anywhere near Phoenix, Arizona on the second NA leg of the Porcupine Tree tour? You guys were unbelievable at the Warfield in San Francisco.

I don't believe we are.

I'm also digging the tracks you put down on Ed Poole's new album, you've gotta be one of the tastiest drummers out there! Really dug the modulation bit at about 1:27 in Smoulder, quite creative.

Yes Ed's album is great fun - I've just recorded a bunch of tracks for his new album that should come out some time this year.


cheers
Gavin

Thanks for the reply Gavin! Thats great news about Ed Poole because I really like all the tasty stuff you contribute to his music.

One more question if you don't mind - What kind of set list does Porcupine Tree do at big festivals? Just a typical set or any changes with accessibility in mind? I'm just curious because I'm going to volunteer at Coachella in April so I'll be able to see you guys again!

Oh and I just got your new book a few days ago. I was downright baffled at how much content that was included..Really interesting to learn how you came up with all of these thoughtful parts too. Great job and congrats to you and Terry!
 

linus

Junior Member
Hi Gavin,

just got the Rhythmic Designs DVD. I also bought the mp3's of "Drop" and "Circles".
Very inspiring drumming and a real challenge ....

Are there any plans to release other play-along tracks from these recordings?
It think it is a "little" easier to play this stuff when there is music to practice with.
People like me are willing to pay for this ... :)

I am really interested in "for lack of", which is my favourite song at the moment, "faith"
and "crisis" are also favourites.


All the best...
 

Stunan

Junior Member
Hey Gavin,

Just like to say that I've been playing for 9 years and I've been on a plateau for about 4-5 months then I stumbled across yourself and your music on youtube about 3 weeks ago. Your drumming with PT and your new book have really inspired me creatively and I like to say thanks for helping me get the ball rolling again!

My question: I use a 24"x18 bass drum, it sounds amazing but the only problem with it is lugging it around to gigs every other week (I drive an old shape ford fiesta you know what I mean?) and I'm only 5"6 so the Toms are pretty high for me too. Do you have any experience getting great punchy sounds out of say a 20x20 bass drum?

Also what tips do you have about beater placement against the head because some people say its better to stike the centre, other people say strike just above the centre of the head?

Regards
 

Gavin Harrison

DRUMMERWORLD PRO DRUMMER
Hi Fiery

Regarding Axis pedals, have you tried out the new A21 design? It should supposedly offer more power than the standard longboards, and since you are one of the rare people I've heard of who get more power from Axis than other pedals, I wonder what are your thoughts on the new design.

I don't know anything about them. I better ask Derek Roddy about them quick. I don't quite understand what you mean by "rare people who get more power"? All you need to do is angle the beater right back - tighten up the spring and play it half way down the board - you'll get plenty of power like that.

Hi iwantmemoney

if you had time to work, without the demands of constant playing, do you think there is the possibility you could achieve all the finesse and power that you have with your current grip, by moving the hands up a little, and perfecting it?


Quite possibly. I always think my technique could be better.

Hi Dont Taze Me Bro

What kind of set list does Porcupine Tree do at big festivals? Just a typical set or any changes with accessibility in mind? I'm just curious because I'm going to volunteer at Coachella in April so I'll be able to see you guys again!


It depends on how long our time slot is - and what kind of festival it is. Some songs work better in some conditions than others. Sometimes we leave out the really long songs at festivals or only play part of them.

Hi linus

just got the Rhythmic Designs DVD. I also bought the mp3's of "Drop" and "Circles".
Very inspiring drumming and a real challenge ....
Are there any plans to release other play-along tracks from these recordings?


Thanks - glad you're enjoying it. There are no plans to release anymore playalongs. With all due respect to Ric and the music that we created for those records - I didn't want them to just be drum educational material. They weren't written for that purpose.

Hi Stunan

My question: I use a 24"x18 bass drum, it sounds amazing but the only problem with it is lugging it around to gigs every other week (I drive an old shape ford fiesta you know what I mean?) and I'm only 5"6 so the Toms are pretty high for me too. Do you have any experience getting great punchy sounds out of say a 20x20 bass drum?


It depends on the kind of music you're playing. Personally I wouldn't get a bass drum so deep as 20"...are you sure you could fit that in a Ford Fiesta? I think you're going to hear a huge difference going from a 24" down to a 20". How about a 22x16?

Also what tips do you have about beater placement against the head because some people say its better to stike the centre, other people say strike just above the centre of the head?

I tend to hit it above the centre point...but that's more to do with the beater length that I prefer.

cheers
Gavin
 

Stunan

Junior Member
Hey Gavin thanks a lot for the reply, I can actually fit my 24x18 in the car at the moment, just the view out of the back window is pretty much non existent so it's not very safe :( Most of the gigs I play are with rock/alternative bands So I'll take your advice and go to a drum shop and have a listen to some 22x16 and 22x18s and see how they sound.

Also thanks a lot for supplying the play along tracks with the rhythmic designs book it really helps with actually picking up the natural feel for the songs rather than trying to play along with the album versions if you know what I mean? Are there other play along tracks that I can purchase for any of your other tunes with 05ric/PT?

Regards
 

mmrico

Junior Member
Hi Gavin, thanks a lot for the replying my question.

Can you tell me what snare are you using right now? because I know that you lika the 12'' but i dont know what snare you used.

I must say that your snares sound is great and your tecnique is impressive!!

thanks, and when did you come to BRASIL???????????

Porcupine Three have a lot of fans right here!!!

thanks

Best Regards!!

Rico
 

sandstrom

Member
Studio cables

Hi Gavin!

Thanks for the inspiration and the time you put on this forum, it means alot!

I love your drumsound and wonder what microphone-cabels you use in your studio and also the lenght of them?

Regards,
Richard
 

osi.3

Junior Member
Hey Gavin! It's a pleasure to be able to communicate with you on these forums.

I'd just like to thank you for your work Rhythmic Designs, and also ask if there are plans for doing a similar thing for other material you've done, or plan on doing?

-mp
 

Gavin Harrison

DRUMMERWORLD PRO DRUMMER
Hi mmrico

Can you tell me what snare are you using right now? because I know that you lika the 12'' but i dont know what snare you used.

I use the Sonor SQ2 14x5 Birch and 12x5 Maple.

and when did you come to BRASIL???????????

I came to Brasil in 1994 with the brilliant guitarist Heitor Pereira.

Hi sandstrom

I love your drumsound and wonder what microphone-cabels you use in your studio and also the lenght of them?


OK you've discovered the real secret of my sound. It's all in the cables and the length!!! Very funny.

Hi osi.3

I'd just like to thank you for your work Rhythmic Designs, and also ask if there are plans for doing a similar thing for other material you've done, or plan on doing?


No plans at the moment. Do you have any requests?

cheers
Gavin
 

Florian

Gold Member
Gavin,

Ive seen you 3 times on tour...you are indeed a treat to watch work. I am a regionally touring player and use noise cancelling custom fit earbuds. I know you wear an IEM, which brand do you prefer and for what reasons? I ask because our band is looking for common IEMs and Id like to hear from a touring professional the reasons they chose theirs.

All the best!

Florian
 
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