High School Talent Show

dtrushr30dw

Senior Member
I think I'll go crazy with hands and feet combos like mike portnoy, do some sweeps, gravity blasts, funky grooves, and just go wild. haha Thanks for the suggestions
 

Toolate

Platinum Member
Start with a cool-ish beat, then make it cooler, then make it so funky that no one could resist tapping or dancing- play whatever elese you can over that. Got to keep em going.
 

Jon B

Senior Member
They like tricks like this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItZyaOlrb7E (ive met steve before, super nice but not good at explaining his tricks in a hurry or i would help you out!)
Also, non drummer people are impressed by speed and anything that isnt a snare drum, so if you can do things like 2 over 2 or 4 over 2 like tom tom kick kick they love that. Best way to see how the public will react is do a mini solo for a few non drummers and see what they like the best. For me they always say tom stuff and fast parts.
stuff like this: ( at 0-0:52, 2:20-2:34ish)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdHceDElBxs
And the people love double bass:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsTsLW28d8A
One handed rolls sound like a good show off thing, just make sure to make it obvious like so: (2:15-3:40)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31c-FL0ZlZ0
 

dtrushr30dw

Senior Member
I would avoid unnecessary technique. In other words, don't try showing off every permutation of a paraddidle because nobody's gonna care. I'd keep it rhythmic, I'd keep it visually exciting (crossovers, stick tricks), and I'd set aside a chunk to play something cool on the toms. I don't know why (perhaps because I'm a drummer), but people seem to go bananas when drummers go nuts on the toms - think Gene Krupa with Sing Sing Sing or Wipeout.

But maybe more than anything else, strive to play the kind of solo that you'd like to hear. If you like something and thinks it sounds over the top badass, chances are good others will too.
I will do one hand snare rolls, crossover between floor toms and snare. Double bass stuff and just go ham haha. Thanks for the advice.
 

MikeM

Platinum Member
I would avoid unnecessary technique. In other words, don't try showing off every permutation of a paraddidle because nobody's gonna care. I'd keep it rhythmic, I'd keep it visually exciting (crossovers, stick tricks), and I'd set aside a chunk to play something cool on the toms. I don't know why (perhaps because I'm a drummer), but people seem to go bananas when drummers go nuts on the toms - think Gene Krupa with Sing Sing Sing or Wipeout.

But maybe more than anything else, strive to play the kind of solo that you'd like to hear. If you like something and thinks it sounds over the top badass, chances are good others will too.
 

dtrushr30dw

Senior Member
Hi guys!
I was just wanting some reccomendations or ideas for my talent show coming up. I imagine I will have around 5 minutes. I have a rather large set but will only use 7 or 8 drums total. So, when you see a drum solo, what stands out the most especially if you are someone that doesn't know much about drums? And, how technical should I get with my playing? I just want to blow everyone away so I want some reccomendations.
Thanks- dtrushr30dw
 
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