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Gavin Harrison

DRUMMERWORLD PRO DRUMMER
Hi RVP,

What company makes your Crotales Cymbals (Several small bell cymbals off to the left of your Hats) and in what Octaves do you have yours in ?


I kind of made them myself - based on broken Zildjian crash cymbals. Discussion and method can be found around page 15 on this thread post No, 507. They have no particular pitch.

Hi Drizzle,

I noticed on the Deadwing DTS, in the movie 'The making of.. ', when you play Mother and Child divided that there's a piece of black foam or something between the snare and the first tom.

I was trying to cut down on the amount of spill coming from the hi hat into the snare drum mic (shure sm57). since I started with the Audix i5 mic on the snare the problem seems much less - so I don't use the foam anymore.

Hi angelo,

You used another drum kit this is"Arriving Somewhere" dvd kit.
this is your american drum kit?
Have you a photo of your new SONOR 14x5 SQ2 snare?


Yes that is the Blue DeLight kit that I use in the USA and on the DVD. My SQ2 is in those pictures too. I don't have any close up photos of it at the moment.

Cheers
Gavin
 

Drizzle

Member
Hey Gavin,

I noticed on the Deadwing DTS, in the movie 'The making of.. ', when you play Mother and Child devided that there's a piece of black foam or something between the snare and the first tom.
Why is that ? Is it for mike leakage or to keep the snares from buzzing when playing the first tom?

Cheers, Dre
 

RVP

Junior Member
Gavin,

Just wanted to pay some respect to one of my favorite drummers. Love your work, especially with Porcupine Tree. The "Arriving Somewhere..." DVD is phenomenal. I'm also very impressed with your approach on "Displacement" of beats and your approach to drum fills, amazing stuff. I actually was drawn to the Drummerworld Forums through your website, what a great place this is.

One question I have for you if you get the chance to answer.... What company makes your Crotales Cymbals (Several small bell cymbals off to the left of your Hats) and in what Octaves do you have yours in ? They sound great! I'm looking into getting some from Sabian to add on to my kit for a dynamic effect. Thanks in advance.

Keep up the inspiring drumming. You are truly a genius behind the kit in my eyes.

All the best,

Ryan Van Poederooyen
- Fellow drummer from The Devin Townsend Band and Terror Syndrome
 

Fabio

Junior Member
Ok Thanx Master!!
I have found :) :)

really binding, but also really constructive!! i like so much it!! :) :)

Thanx again Masteer Gavin!!

Good Work!!
 

Gavin Harrison

DRUMMERWORLD PRO DRUMMER
Hi Paul Mansur,

I actually have a question related to Musikmesse. What were the tunes you played to, and are they available for purchase (with your playing of course)?

The 1st tune "Designer" and 3rd tune "Quite Firm" are from my first DVD Rhythmic Visions.
The 2nd tune "19 Days" is from my second DVD Rhythmic Horizons.

Hi Fabio,

Master Gavin, a question.. Which time has "Mother and child divided" ??
to me they seem, 5/8 or 16.. also with one pause.. Convene to me, to ask you directly..
i would be surer.. :) :p


have a look at post number 1194 around about page 35 on this thread.

cheers
Gavin
 

Fabio

Junior Member
Hi Master Gavin!!

I write to you, today, for express my happiness for the PT's news!!
I know that they will come in Rome, 17 of november!!
Today afternoon i will go to buy the tickets!!
With my other friends!! For the moment we are ten people to come to the concert!!
We will be there, under stage!!!!! :)


i know, it's still soon!! but i am really excited!! and i wait with anxiety!! :) :)

I cannot wait to listen to play you!!

Master Gavin, a question.. Which time has "Mother and child divided" ??
to me they seem, 5/8 or 16.. also with one pause.. Convene to me, to ask you directly..
i would be surer.. :) :p

Thanx Master!! Good Work!!

Cheers

Fabio
 

angelo

Member
Hi Gavin
Great, I have all these books. I can run to study these.
Infinite thanks,"you are a incredible person".
Angelo
 

Paul Mansur

Junior Member
Hey Gavin,

I very much appreciate your valuable time that you take out your schedule to educate here.
I actually have a question related to Musikmesse. What were the tunes you played to, and are they available for purchase (with your playing of course)?

~P
 

Gavin Harrison

DRUMMERWORLD PRO DRUMMER
Hi Raygun,
thanks for the kind words.

Hi Leper,

I've been working on Anesthetize right around 6:18.


Your picture is too small to see. If you look back a couple of pages on this thread to post number 1407 you will see that fill written out.

Hi Massik Kretal,

What do you think is your biggest weakness on the drumset?
And what about in Percussion in general?
And then what is your biggest strength in both?


I don't really think in terms of weakness and strengths - so I can't think of a good answer to them. I'm not a percussionist in the traditional sense of the word - I don't really play congas, timbales, tablas, marimba etc...and don't really have a passion to become a great percussionist - there's plenty of them out there - and I really enjoy playing with them when the chance arises.
I think my new weakness is in answering your questions - sorry.

Hi angelo,
Mainly these books. I haven't really studied any others that I can remember so I don't have a comment to make about them.

Charlie Wilcoxen snare drum book
Fred Albright's "Contemporary Studies for Snare Drum"
Ted Reed's Syncopation
Gary Chester New Breed
David Garibaldi Future Sounds

cheers
Gavin
 
Hey Gavin, I was just wondering...you seem to have everything down in the realm that is Percussion. What do you think is your biggest weakness on the drumset?

And what about in Percussion in general?

And then what is your biggest strength in both?
 

Leper

Junior Member
Hello Gavin,
I recently was told about Porcupine Tree by a friend of mine and really enjoyed what I have heard. Your drumming style nails down what I want to come from my own playing, and I have been trying to write down some of the heavier parts of your drumming (currently anyway) to learn from them. I've been working on Anesthetize right around 6:18. This is what I have so far...



This is without the fill on the last quarternote. How does this compare to the recording?

Thanks again,
-Leper
 

Raygun

Junior Member
Hello Gavin Harrison,

I first heard about you and Porcupine Tree last year via cross-talk from various other bands and musicians I'm interested in, such as Rush and King Crimson. I've been lurking around this forum for a month or so, just reading and soaking in what I can. I just wanted to say thank you for being such an inspiration! I really enjoy your drumming. You've gotten me interested in learning new things again after a hiatus of several years (other parts of life somehow got in the way). I've been playing along with "Anesthetize" for the past few months as a practice warm-up. Fun fun fun!

Again, thanks a bunch and keep up the excellent work!
 

angelo

Member
Hi Gavin,
You study with "New breed" (Gary Chester) how you have studied this?
I am studying this therefore: left hand hi hat, right hand remote hi hat i play this perfect unison.Left and right foot and plays melody?or other?
thanks a lot for your time
Angelo
 
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Gavin Harrison

DRUMMERWORLD PRO DRUMMER
Hi angelo,

know you the book "Advanced techniques for the modern drummer" by Jim Chapin? Can you say of what about of this? have you used this for your jazz independance?. I want to study jazz independance for play this. I have this books: "4 way coordination", "New bread", "Patterns" (Gary Chaffee) and "Drum set warm ups" (Rod Morgenstein).

I didn't study the Jim Chapin book...but I have heard that it's very good. I am familiar with "The New Breed" (Gary Chester) and "Patterns" (Gary Chaffee). The other books you mentioned - I don't know.

Hi figure_02

Like in the Fear of a Blank Planet song, after the guitar (wich my friends and I debated wheter was 3/4 or 6/8, what would you say?) , when the drums kick in, yiu play a 4/4 groove over the guitar, and meet at every 12. Would you call this playing "over the bar" or a polorythm?


That part of the song is in 6/4 - and I play a groove in 6/4 - that is to say that there's 3 snare drum backbeats per bar (on beats 2.4 & 6) - so I don't consider this playing over the bar.
Playing over the bar line doesn't necessarily indicate that it's a polyrhythm - you might play a fill and then not end it on the "1" of the next bar - but continue through to the "2" of the next bar (for instance).
There's a section about this on my first DVD Rhythmic Visions.

cheers
Gavin
 

figure_02

Silver Member
I, of course, meant that the pictures wont upload, it is just small red x'es, I love all your kits, so no worries about that!

Oh, and one more thing, I guess I could've asked anyone, but I would love an explanation from you, because I find this a lot in your drumming: What would you say the difference is between "playing over the bar" and a polorythm? Like in the Fear of a Blank Planet song, after the guitar (wich my friends and I debated wheter was 3/4 or 6/8, what would you say?) , when the drums kick in, yiu play a 4/4 groove over the guitar, and meet at every 12. Would you call this playing "over the bar" or a polorythm?
I am sorry to bother you with such a "generic" question. You beeing so actice here is just awesome. Keep up the good work(and drumming)!
 

ddrumbum

Senior Member
Hi ddrumbum,

this discussion did come up a little while ago - so here it is again -

It's basically a compound time signature of 17/8 (5/8 + 5/8 + 7/8) and over the top of that I play quarter note accents on the hi hat.

K = kick drum
S = Snare drum
- = rest

this is the pattern that the kick and snare play

K K - S - K K - S - K K - K - S -

There's a whole section about this (and similar rhythmic composition) on my new DVD Rhythmic Horizons.

cheers
Gavin
Thanks Gavin,

Sorry for having to explain this twice, I do appreciate your time.

That helps so much, I know I can get it now, you are an incredible drummer, your grooves are just no unique and cool, anyway thanks again for your time.

BTW I am going to buy your new DVD, I already have your first one.
 
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angelo

Member
Hi Gavin,how are you?
know you the book "Advanced techniques for the modern drummer" by Jim Chapin? Can you say of what about of this?
have you used this for your jazz independance?. I want to study jazz independance for play this. I have this books: "4 way coordination", "New bread", "Patterns" (Gary Chaffee) and "Drum set warm ups" (Rod Morgenstein).
Thanks a lot(many many) you help me a lot with your advise.
Angelo
 
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