Gavin Harrison here!

David Floegel

Silver Member
Hi Gavin

I think you were asked this question a lot in the past but I'll ask it anyway. What are your thoughts on playing with a metronome. Do you do it (live, practice, studio) etc. What are your experiences with playing with a click etc. I just started using it in my practice, but I have the feeling it kinnda kills the overall groove. Thanks for the tips.
When you use the search-function of this thread and you type "Metronome" into the input you'll get 5 sites with results!

Also check out www.askgavinharrison.com!
These are questions that are asked 1001 times...
 

dreampolice19

Junior Member
Hey Gavin,

No questions here. I just wanted to say thanks for taking the time to come to the forums and answer questions. It's a pretty cool gesture on your part to check in with us fans every once in a while that is much appreciated!

Thanks again, & as Marc Bolan once said, "Rock On!"

--- Travis
 

Trip McNealy

Gold Member
Really great playing!! I like the swing time with some of the fusion/prog fills thrown in there.. makes it a "touch" modern!

I noticed in that vid two things - the VF sticks with stick grip and what appears to be a Korg Wavedrum on your left side?? If correct, what size sticks are you using there and how are you liking the Wavedrum? Is it comparable to something like a Roland SPD-S?
 

mutzy

Member
Hi Gavin, just wanted to start off by saying your drumming, personality and philosophy on playing is SUCH a huge inspiration to me. Having you drop by often to answer our questions is a wonderful thing, it's great to see drummers that really give back to the drumming community. Adoration and gushing praise aside, it's funny though, being able to talk to you here is much less daunting, that it probably would be if we were talking face-to-face (an opportunity which I would love to have some day), which is probably why this thread is so long, haha.

A lot of my interest is (like many) in your cymbal setup. I read that your chimes were cut down mid-sized K crashes, have you experimented with other lines of Zildjians and modifications to them? I have a 6" A which has a similar sound, so I was curious about that. Also, in regards to how you mounted them, do you mount them in a 'high to low' or similar fashion, or are they mounted depending on their sound? (for example, are there certain chimes that sound good in tandem with the ride bell and are placed to be easier to hit?)

Sorry if that got a bit technical, they are imho your signature sound, and one that I very much enjoy your use of, or 'musical embellishments' as you said in the 'drum fills' video. ;)

My other interest is with your 3 crashes, the MD Festival 2008 dvd shows you with an 18" Oriental Crash of Doom as your primary and two K crashes, and the new Guitar Center Sessions videos show you with two A's and a K. Was the change due to needing brighter crashes for your other music projects? Also, what led you to use the 18" Oriental Crash of Doom as your main crash? It sounds AMAZING in the MD Festival's Sound of Muzak performance.


Thanks again for being so active here and being open to our questions.
 

Gavin Harrison

DRUMMERWORLD PRO DRUMMER
Hi Trip McNealy

I noticed in that vid two things - the VF sticks with stick grip and what appears to be a Korg Wavedrum on your left side?? If correct, what size sticks are you using there and how are you liking the Wavedrum? Is it comparable to something like a Roland SPD-S?

I tend to use two models of Vic Firth sticks (both with the Vic Grip which I can't do without now). For lighter things like playing and recording at home (and drum clinics) I use the 5A Extreme. On tour with PT I use the "rock" model. I really like the Korg Wavedrum because it uses the sound of the real drum head along with the electronics - so you feel a connection to it and that you're contributing to the sound. I don't really love situations where I'm just triggering samples at different volume levels - as is the case with some other electronic drums.

Hi mutzy

A lot of my interest is (like many) in your cymbal setup. I read that your chimes were cut down mid-sized K crashes, have you experimented with other lines of Zildjians and modifications to them? I have a 6" A which has a similar sound, so I was curious about that. Also, in regards to how you mounted them, do you mount them in a 'high to low' or similar fashion, or are they mounted depending on their sound?

Most of them were A Zildjians if I remember correctly. I set them out low to high (large to small) from left to right.

My other interest is with your 3 crashes, the MD Festival 2008 dvd shows you with an 18" Oriental Crash of Doom as your primary and two K crashes, and the new Guitar Center Sessions videos show you with two A's and a K. Was the change due to needing brighter crashes for your other music projects? Also, what led you to use the 18" Oriental Crash of Doom as your main crash? It sounds AMAZING in the MD Festival's Sound of Muzak performance.

The 18" Crash of Doom is a beauty - but I don't use it all the time. Of course I have quite a few cymbals and I tend to change them once in a while just for variation. The MD Fest was close to the time I was playing with King Crimson and the Crash Of Doom fitted that band very well in my opinion.

cheers
Gavin
 

mutzy

Member
Thanks for the response, Gavin. Do you still use any of the cut down chimes, or are you using non-modified ones? I see the videos have the Zildjian logo on them, but can't see an 'A' or 'K' etc.

I read that the 18" Crash of doom is discontinued and Zildjian are only making the 20". Have you tried the 20", and is there any real difference between the two (other than size)?

Also, with your DW Drop Clutch, do you hit the bar with your hand or a stick? I have both the DW and Pearl drop clutches and while the DW is great to use the downward motion then sideways with the Pearl, it's much harder to disengage with a stick then the Pearl one due to a heavier spring. Did you modify yours at all?

Lastly, I know it's probably a long shot, but are there any plans down the track to do any clinics in Australia? The possibility of meeting you and getting my Anesthetize and Arriving Somewhere dvds signed would be awesome.
 

yothatswack

Junior Member
Hey Mr. Harrison,

This is a rather strange question, but how hard do you think you're pressing down on the high hat pedal?

Thanks very much,
Nathan
 

jim arnold

Junior Member
HI GAVIN ,QUESTION. LEADING WITH RIGHT FOOT W/ DOUBLE BASS PEDALS IN 16 THS.PUTS LEFT FOOT ON E & AHS, BUT MY RIGHT FOOT IS STRONGER IF ITS ON E,S & AH,S BECAUSE I AM USED TO PLAYING 1/8 NOTES ON MY H/H, 1 + 2 + YOU KNOW ,BIT OF A PROBLEM, WITCH IS BETTER OR WITCH SHOULD I PRACTICE MORE ??????? ANYONE HAVE A GOOD IDEA OR FIX.
 
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astroandy

Junior Member
Hi Gavin,

having watched the Guitar Center Video "When To Play Fills" some questions came to my mind.

Playing lengthy Drumsolos: I watched Jon Hiseman doing this, about half an hour and really exiting. It CAN work out, but mostly in a jazz-band setup, not in a rock band.

Playing bass: When did you start to play bass? As a bass player myself and self-taught drummer and percussionist I think there are a lot of similarities between bass and drums. What bass do you own and play?

And the "Killer Joe" Video is great, it would be nice to see more jazz and Big band things with you!

And a general, rather personal question, hope not too personal: Have you been a rather calm and quiet boy and the music helped to build your confidence?

Thanks

Andy Lux
 

crystalfunky

Junior Member
When you're lookin at the development of the music industry in the last years,
how do you see it?
The teachers in my music school often tell us, that if you play more shows you get more money than selling cds. That is something that has changed in the last years.
What do you see in the next years? I'm sometimes worried that the chances of living as a musician becomes really difficult.
 
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daredrummer

Gold Member
Hey Gavin,

I am working through your first book, rhythmic illusions, and had a question. (Great stuff by the way!)

Sometimes when playing the displaced patterns (ride pattern on e,a,e,a for example) I find myself starting off counting the A Status correctly in my head (or out loud), but once I repeat it a couple times, I just start feeling it as the B Status, and start counting it that way. It's still being played right, I'm just counting it and feeling it as if it were the B Status.

Do you have any advice on how to keep the A Status in your head, without shifting to the B Status? It's hard because once you start repeating it, they sound exactly the same, and it feels easier to count it by the B Status.

Any help is appreciated!
 

Gavin Harrison

DRUMMERWORLD PRO DRUMMER
Hi mutzy

Do you still use any of the cut down chimes, or are you using non-modified ones? I see the videos have the Zildjian logo on them, but can't see an 'A' or 'K' etc.

Zildjian have made some custom ones for me - and they would be from the 'A' series.

I read that the 18" Crash of doom is discontinued and Zildjian are only making the 20". Have you tried the 20", and is there any real difference between the two (other than size)?

Yes I like the 20" too - they have similar characteristics.

Also, with your DW Drop Clutch, do you hit the bar with your hand or a stick? Did you modify yours at all?

It's not modified and I usually operate it with my hand.

Lastly, I know it's probably a long shot, but are there any plans down the track to do any clinics in Australia?


No plans to head down under anytime soon - sorry.

Hi yothatswack

This is a rather strange question, but how hard do you think you're pressing down on the high hat pedal?


As hard as I need - to achieve the required sound from the hi hat cymbals.

Hi astroandy

When did you start to play bass? As a bass player myself and self-taught drummer and percussionist I think there are a lot of similarities between bass and drums. What bass do you own and play?

I started messing around on my first bass about 25 years ago. The bass I have now is an old Yamaha BB1100S which has four strings set up like the lower four strings of a 5 string bass (if that makes sense) so B, E, A, D

Hi crystalfunky

When you're lookin at the development of the music industry in the last years,
how do you see it?


sad decline.

What do you see in the next years? I'm sometimes worried that the chances of living as a musician becomes really difficult.


there will always be music - it doesn't mean that lots of people want to pay for it though. Yes playing live is an important way to go. There always were obstacles - you just have to be creative to make a living as a musician these days.

Hi daredrummer

Sometimes when playing the displaced patterns (ride pattern on e,a,e,a for example) I find myself starting off counting the A Status correctly in my head (or out loud), but once I repeat it a couple times, I just start feeling it as the B Status, and start counting it that way. It's still being played right, I'm just counting it and feeling it as if it were the B Status.


This question came up not long ago - maybe a page or two back. Don't switch your mind into the B Status at all. Fight the urge and hear it as a completely new pattern.

cheers
Gavin
 

ChrisGau

Junior Member
Zildjian have made some custom ones for me - and they would be from the 'A' series.
Hi Gavin,

do you think you can convince them to turn this into a product, i.e. "Gavin Harrison's Chime Set" ;-) ? I am sure they are going to find quite a lot of interested drummers. I once asked a female Zildjian sales staff member during the Frankfurt "Musikmesse" - she claimed to know you but I don´t remember her name. She said that this would be an interesting idea - however "interesting" can mean a lot... including complete nonsense.

Or is this something that you would hate anyway - maybe because these chimes are so intimately related to your own style of drumming.

By the way... your Guitar Center video is awsome - you are one of the few pro drummers that can really explain musical concepts and make people aware of the traps they might find themselves in - fills sometimes being a "nervous habit" really made me lough. Hopefully they issue more of this.

Maybe I am going to see you in Germany on your drum clinic tour this year - I know a cool drum shop organizing real good clinics close to Frankfurt (www.musicnmore.de) - Benny Greb has been visiting us not too long ago. That´ll be great fun!
 

haroldo_psf

Senior Member
Hi Gavin.

I am a newbie hobbyist drummer (and big time PT fan). I just heard the term "quantizing" and what it is, and also learned that it is hard to find nowadays records in which the drums were not quantized. My world is crumbing here.

Do you quantize your drums, or are they "el natural"? :)
 

daredrummer

Gold Member
Sometimes when playing the displaced patterns (ride pattern on e,a,e,a for example) I find myself starting off counting the A Status correctly in my head (or out loud), but once I repeat it a couple times, I just start feeling it as the B Status, and start counting it that way. It's still being played right, I'm just counting it and feeling it as if it were the B Status.


This question came up not long ago - maybe a page or two back. Don't switch your mind into the B Status at all. Fight the urge and hear it as a completely new pattern.

cheers
Gavin
Alright thanks. I'll also try that suggestion from the previous page.
 

Gavin Harrison

DRUMMERWORLD PRO DRUMMER
Hi haroldo_psf

I am a newbie hobbyist drummer (and big time PT fan). I just heard the term "quantizing" and what it is, and also learned that it is hard to find nowadays records in which the drums were not quantized. My world is crumbing here.
Do you quantize your drums, or are they "el natural"? :)


Yes everything I've ever recorded has been quantised.

Hi Lex

When you're lookin at the development of the music industry in the last years,
how do you see it? sad decline.
Could you please elaborate on this? I'm intrigued by your answer.


The music industry has changed a lot since I started in it. In terms of recorded music (and the knock on effect of record budgets, session musicians, studios etc) the illegal downloading has almost killed it - so musicians have had to try and change direction - but it feels like it's shrinking (at least to me).

cheers
Gavin
 
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