Gavin Harrison here!

Dom Chandler

Junior Member
Hi Gavin, big fan, i've taken a big interest in your work with p.t and have studied your available dvd's, books, etc. My question has already probably been answered somewhere
but i can't track it down... What double kick exercises did/do you practice to obtain the speed and dexterity you show in tunes like Futile, Anesthetize and Mother and son divided (live version more so)? I have limited practice time at present (1st floor flat!!) so any concise methods are most welcome.
Thanx for the inspiration.
Dom Chandler

p.s did i read you are thinking about putting 'the drum song' on the next p.t dvd??
what might that be pray tell??
 

Gavin Harrison

DRUMMERWORLD PRO DRUMMER
Hi tomtom,

why do you prefer your snare with rounded bearing edges, added warmth?

I don't really like a ringy snare drum - so the lack of it due to the round bearing edges is a positive for me. There's more skin in contact with the shell - and I get more of the wood sound of the drum. Companies like Gretsch have been doing this for ages.

Hi Dom Chandler

What double kick exercises did/do you practice to obtain the speed and dexterity you show in tunes like Futile, Anesthetize and Mother and son divided (live version more so)? I have limited practice time at present (1st floor flat!!) so any concise methods are most welcome.

As I've mentioned before in this thread - I really don't think of myself as a double pedal player. If you want good advice about that - I'd ask Derek Roddy. My method is based on short bursts of 2,3,4 and sometimes 5 notes in a row. Always starting with the right foot and always using single strokes. I just figured out little patterns that I could play short bursts in between what my hands were doing. It's very handy to use the 'bursts' inside fills.

did i read you are thinking about putting 'the drum song' on the next p.t dvd??
what might that be pray tell??


Do you have my DVD Rhythmic Horizons? The "Drum Song" is on there along with the "Cymbal Song". I'll probably make a 5.1 surround mix of it too.

cheers
Gavin
 

Drumkill

Pioneer Member
For those of you in America/Mexico/Canada who may be interested in seeing Porcupine Tree - here's our new tour list:


Tue 16 Oct - TORONTO, ON, PHOENIX

cheers
Gavin

Gavin:

Thank you for posting a new schedule for the PT tour schedule. I discovered that on your website that I had missed your concert in May 2007 in Toronto by one week :-(

I will absolutely be going to the October concert!. I am very appreciative of your playing skill and your interpretive view of the songs that you play. You have inspired me to approach my instrument differently and consider its infinite possiblities. I really like your custom splash cymbal rack and would love to know the type of cymbals that you use on it (and if I am duplicative on this thread please ignore the request) as I like the textures they add.

One question, can you give me a few more examples of your odd meter playing? I have listened to the majority of the PT catalog but I am always open to more! What would you consider as some of your best recorded playing?

I have been playing for 20+ years and I am very grateful for your inspiration! (No a suckup lol, just a statement of fact!)

Cheers,

Tim
 

Drumkill

Pioneer Member
For those of you in America/Mexico/Canada who may be interested in seeing Porcupine Tree - here's our new tour list:


Tue 16 Oct - TORONTO, ON, PHOENIX

cheers
Gavin

Gavin:

Thank you for posting a new schedule for the PT tour schedule. I discovered on your website that I had missed your concert in May 2007 in Toronto by one week :-(

I will absolutely be going to the October concert!. I am very appreciative of your playing skill and your interpretive view of the songs that you play. You have inspired me to approach my instrument differently and consider its infinite possiblities. I really like your custom splash cymbal rack and would love to know the type of cymbals that you use on it (and if I am duplicative on this thread please ignore the request) as I like the textures they add.

One question, can you give me a few more examples of your odd meter playing? I have listened to the majority of the PT catalog but I am always open to more! What would you consider as some of your best recorded playing?

I have been playing for 20+ years and I am very grateful for your inspiration! (No a suckup lol, just a statement of fact!)

Cheers,

Tim
 

Gavin Harrison

DRUMMERWORLD PRO DRUMMER
Hi Drumkill,

I really like your custom splash cymbal rack and would love to know the type of cymbals that you use on it (and if I am duplicative on this thread please ignore the request) as I like the textures they add.

Have a look at post number 507 (around page 15 on this thread).


One question, can you give me a few more examples of your odd meter playing? I have listened to the majority of the PT catalog but I am always open to more! What would you consider as some of your best recorded playing?

I'm usually happiest with the latest thing that I've done. There's heaps of odd meter stuff on the (coming out very soon) GH 05Ric record. A lot of strange rhythmic ideas on there.

Cheers
Gavin
 

tomtom

Senior Member
Hi tomtom,

why do you prefer your snare with rounded bearing edges, added warmth?

I don't really like a ringy snare drum - so the lack of it due to the round bearing edges is a positive for me. There's more skin in contact with the shell - and I get more of the wood sound of the drum. Companies like Gretsch have been doing this for ages.
Thanx for your reply. I just want to add that I find it amazing that you take your time to answer the countless questions and comments from us drum nerds. I guess you must be single! ;=)
 
Hey Gavin,
Glad to hear your getting some rest from the latest tour, hope everything went well. Also glad to hear your coming back to the states this fall. looking forward to the Albany show. You'll like the EGG, its a nice space, very intimate. Anyways, just curious if there was any follies or technical difficulties you encountered on the last tour that caught your attention or that you learned from. Take care and God bless.

MM
 

Acronomic

Member
Hi Gavin,

it's great to see you on the boards! You're a huge inspiration to many, myself included. I've watched your two DVDs and learned a lot from them - especially the excersize in keeping time where you used different spacings on your hi-hat... can't remember the terms at the moment, but I had great use of it. It really does wonders paired with the metronome of course.

On a side note, I saw PT in Oslo the 11th. Brilliant show, best live performance I've witnessed so far, power failure or not.
 

crookedrook

Member
Gavin,

I noticed on Sonor's website they have 3-different types of shell thickness: Vintage, Medium and Heavy. Which thickness gives the the most warmth that a maple can give? which do you have?

Thanks,
Rob
 

Gavin Harrison

DRUMMERWORLD PRO DRUMMER
Hi Midnite Mike,

Anyways, just curious if there was any follies or technical difficulties you encountered on the last tour that caught your attention or that you learned from

I think the only real problem we had was in Oslo as Acronomic pointed out. The power for the PA went off several times. We didn't realise it because we all have in ear monitoring and it's really hard to tell sometimes if the PA is on or not. My roadie kept waving at me to tell me to stop the show. We came off stage for a few minutes a couple of times and wondered what are you meant to do if the PA never gets back on? We felt bad because it was a great audience and a great venue - plus our first time playing in Oslo.

Hi crookedrook,

I noticed on Sonor's website they have 3-different types of shell thickness: Vintage, Medium and Heavy. Which thickness gives the the most warmth that a maple can give? which do you have?


Actually there's 4 types. Vintage (which is the thinest and has support rings inside) then Thin (straight 6 ply no rings) then Medium (7 ply?) and Heavy (which I think is 9 ply).

Regarding warmth - I would say the Vintage shell. I have a combination of shell thickness.
My rack toms are "Thin" floor toms are "Medium" and bass drum is "Heavy".

cheers
Gavin
 

loser_user

Junior Member
Hi Gavin,

although I've been listening to Prog Rock Bands since the early '70s, I enjoyed Sam Brown's "Stop" in the '80s and Iggy Pop since the '80s up to now, used to be a drummer in the '80s and '90s, I have randomly heard from you and PT just a few weeks ago. I am so impressed of your music that I bought a lot of CDs and the DVD right from Amazon and, lucky me, you were on tour in Germany and played in Offenbach, near my hometown, the 30th of June. This was a sign! I bought one of the tickets for unbelivable 28 Euros (The Stones cost 150 Euros, I guess) and saw the best live performance (art, sound, atmosphere) since The Pretenders (special guest: The Waterboys) in the '80s. Porcupine Tree's music is the one I was searching for more than 30 years. And the only music I listen to for weeks now, in my car, at home, at the PC, at this moment. Go ahead with your fantastic work, you are the perfect drummer of a perfect band. I can't wait for your next releases or tour!

Edited: Can you tell us something about PT's new fanclub site http://residentsofablankplanet.com? What that's all about? What can members expect for their $35/year (+ $20 for shipping a PT-Shirt and a small lithography to Europe)? Why is it located in the US?
 
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Hey Gavin

It's good to see you guys are playing more and more shows in North America but what about western Canada??? There is Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Winnipeg......Toronto and Montreal just doesn't make for a Canadian tour (although unless you live in Toronto and therefore live in the center of the universe).

By the way I just fulfilled a dream and went to see RUSH here in Calgary. What a great show!!! During the intermission (they played for 3.5 hrs!) they were playing FOABP over the PA.
 

davling

Junior Member
Hi Gavin. Thanks for this, man, it really keeps one going when someone of ones heroes speaks to the fans like this. Really appreciate it!

Now to MY question ;)

Playing to click, I've been doing this on my latest two recordings. Thing is, our music - much like that of opeth - change from 4/4 to 3/4 and 6/8 alot in the same song.

So how do I play accurately to these parts? I want to know if you encounter this and what you do about it (I play one song in one take).

Thanks in advance,
David Lingdell.
 

mind_drummer

Platinum Member
Hi Gavin

I want to congrats you for being now in Neil Peart favorite drummer list along with Buddy Rich, Dave Weckl, Steve Smith and (RIP) Ian Wallace. In fact it's written by Neil himself in the Modern Drummer august edition (Neil Snakes & Arrows article).

I know you're a very humble person but I'm sure you must be proud of your accomplishment.

Take care
A+
 

Gavin Harrison

DRUMMERWORLD PRO DRUMMER
Hi Gibbersticks,

It's good to see you guys are playing more and more shows in North America but what about western Canada??? There is Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Winnipeg.

We'd love to come and play those places but the economics of it just never seems to pan out for us. It's a double edge sword of being popular enough to get a decent fee to make it viable to come - but how do you get popular if you don't go and play those places? There's lots of cities around the world that people ask us to play - and we'd love to - but it always comes down to the same crunch point unfortunately.

Hi davling,


Playing to click, I've been doing this on my latest two recordings. Thing is, our music - much like that of opeth - change from 4/4 to 3/4 and 6/8 alot in the same song.
So how do I play accurately to these parts? I want to know if you encounter this and what you do about it (I play one song in one take).


Sometimes I program the click to change feel from 4/4 to 6/8 or whatever is required. I could just play everything to a 4/4 click - but why make life difficult for yourself? The listeners never hear the click so who cares what you program it to do? I always choose whatever will make me perform and feel the best. I usually program clicks that follow the time signature.

If you're interested - I wrote an article about writing click tracks..

http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/aug03/articles/clicktracks.htm

Hi mind_drummer,
yes I saw that article. I'm honoured and flattered that Neil thinks of me in that way!!

Cheers
Gavin
 

davling

Junior Member
Thanks alot Gav, helps me very much :)



Regards,
David Lingdell.

I could just play everything to a 4/4 click - but why make life difficult for yourself?

BTW, this is actually how I have done it so far :p So I really hope this article helps, gonna read it now!

Also, what program do you use when programming click?

Thanks again!
 

angelo

Member
Hi Gavin.Have you tried to use a 10"or other china or crash with jingles?. What do you think about?
This is another experiment i like the sound with double bass and 10" china with jingles.
I like a china sound and i have: 10", 12",14" and 20" china.
Have you a 8 "hi hat? You describe to me as you have obtained it

thanks for your time you are a magnificent and best person
Angelo
 
We'd love to come and play those places but the economics of it just never seems to pan out for us. It's a double edge sword of being popular enough to get a decent fee to make it viable to come - but how do you get popular if you don't go and play those places? There's lots of cities around the world that people ask us to play - and we'd love to - but it always comes down to the same crunch point unfortunately.
I guess the only way would be to get an opening slot on a major tour. Every major tour comes through this way and a lot of them do multiple dates. There are tons of shows in the smaller venues. I'm guessing your show is too big a production to do the whole 5 guys in a van thing. Oh well. It will happen someday I'm sure.

Cheers
Daniel
 

lorneyc

Junior Member
Gday Gavin, since I discovered Porcupine Tree through my ex girlfriend about a year ago, your playing has been a huge influence on me. Absolutely inspiring stuff!

Just a couple of quick questions: I'm wondering about that crazy fill in Anethsetize at about 6:13. I suspect it's something fairly simple, but it sounds amazing, what is it? Also the heavy double kicks part at 11:04, what's the pattern there? It doesn't sound like constant 16ths or 32nds or whatever. Also, when are you guys coming to Australia? I'm desperate to see you live! Thanks for your time :D
 

angelo

Member
Hi gavin.
Excuse me. I used a closed hi hat "Dixon" for two 8" splash as hi hat. But i have a big problem, becouse the bell of splash is small and the cluch it blinks on the bolt, to block the bottom splash.
Can you to say me if you used a closed hi hat stand for this "Splash- Hi hat"? which he marks and model you use?

"Thanks a lot for your infinite patience"

Angelo
 
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