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Forum: Drums 09-20-2018, 06:06 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 970
Posted By PlayTheSong
Re: Decided to try this new look!

Well, since you ask.....not my cup of tea. At all. I never liked sparkle kits and the only time I think wooden hoops look ok is when they're a contrasting colour to the wooden drums they're...
Forum: General Discussion 07-31-2018, 08:11 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,199
Posted By PlayTheSong
Re: Which do you enjoy most: Playing by yourself, jamming with others, or playing live?

Ever since my first High School Band concert, when the stage lights lit up the kit and those tired old cymbals shone, I've known that everything else is just the preparation for that moment.
Forum: Drums 07-17-2018, 06:45 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 3,012
Posted By PlayTheSong
Re: Next Stage Custom?

^ This ^

Keeping it simple is what has kept the Stage Custom kit at this successful price point.

If there are changes for the next generation, I would not assume they'll be changes for the...
Forum: Drums 07-17-2018, 05:30 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,919
Posted By PlayTheSong
Re: Favorite high end drum kit- model and brand?

I get your point. You can't always rationalize why a certain thing stirs you. Buy the kit that really speaks to you. Btw, I find certain lisps mesmerizing too :)
Forum: General Discussion 06-28-2018, 05:58 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,176
Posted By PlayTheSong
Re: So Extremely Proud ...

Tony, your nurturing of people and their talent deserves the best compliment I know how to give, and I mean it sincerely:

The world needs more you.
Forum: General Discussion 06-04-2018, 06:00 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,504
Posted By PlayTheSong
Re: Has anyone started playing out after turning 50 years old?

After 30 years of not drumming, I started practicing a bit, then found out a local concert band was drummerless and just walked in one night. (I learned to read music doing big band stuff in high...
Forum: General Discussion 05-23-2018, 05:27 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 5,380
Posted By PlayTheSong
Re: Nick Mason - Thoughts

I'm another fan of Final Cut.

I can see how it soured the others on following Roger Waters' lead from then on, but a really brilliant album. I rank it as good as any Pink Floyd album (I know...
Forum: General Discussion 03-02-2018, 05:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 808
Posted By PlayTheSong
Re: Do your hands ache when you stop playing for a while

My hands typically ache a bit and are quite stiff in the mornings, but loosen up over the course of the day. Just the beginnings of arthritis I believe.
Forum: General Discussion 03-02-2018, 05:55 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,545
Posted By PlayTheSong
Re: Minimalist - Not interested in new gear?

I have a great job, but I also have a big family and my wife does not work, so money for my hobby is pretty much a non-starter. When I resumed playing a couple of years ago after decades away, I...
Forum: Drums 02-13-2018, 04:06 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,819
Posted By PlayTheSong
Re: Ergonomics of Playing a Kit

I thought pretty much everything in this post was bang on and, in my case, so obvious it hardly needs saying.

With regards to the snare, though, I view mine more as the center of the clock, first...
Forum: Drum Technique 02-07-2018, 03:15 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,573
Posted By PlayTheSong
Re: Restarting everything after 20 years at the age of 37?

You're in good company here. I quit drumming from age 21 to 51.

I've recovered most of my chops, but I don't put in enough practice time to have the polish I had when I was 19 and playing for...
Forum: General Discussion 02-06-2018, 05:22 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,912
Posted By PlayTheSong
Re: Worship drummer - variety?

Thanks for all the recent replies - this should keep me busy for a while, but I REALLY appreciated personal recommendations.
Forum: General Discussion 02-05-2018, 08:42 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,912
Posted By PlayTheSong
Re: Worship drummer - variety?

Thanks for the quick and helpful replies!

I know there's a lot of it out there, but I hoped to avoid wading through all the schlock to find the good stuff, so your suggestions are appreciated -...
Forum: General Discussion 02-05-2018, 05:44 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,912
Posted By PlayTheSong
Worship drummer - variety?

This question is for the many drummers on this site who listen to Christian music and/or play in church.

I'm looking for music that is outside the Hillsong genre (which I commend, but it's...
Forum: General Discussion 02-01-2018, 08:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,488
Posted By PlayTheSong
Re: Famous drummers....on or off the bass drum head?

As a variation on this question, anyone passionate about heel-up / heel-down?

I play heel up usually, but when I'm playing jazz with a walking bass line I put the heel down so I can play the bd...
Forum: General Discussion 02-01-2018, 08:39 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,652
Posted By PlayTheSong
Re: Raising your game to work with pro's. Tips, tricks and advice?

Sounds like you have the right approach. We'd all love to see you succeed! Let us know how it progresses.
Forum: General Discussion 02-01-2018, 04:52 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,652
Posted By PlayTheSong
Re: Raising your game to work with pro's. Tips, tricks and advice?

Even if you don't help write the song, you're writing the drum part :). I'd record each song in rehearsal stage and then go home and play along to the recording, trying variation after variation in...
Forum: Drum Technique 01-12-2018, 04:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 726
Posted By PlayTheSong
Re: How to practice starting off songs

I agree with Odd-Arne. Listen to a steady click for as long as you need to while "hearing" the song in your head. Don't start playing until the two are in synch. Then you should be good.
Forum: General Discussion 01-02-2018, 07:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,380
Posted By PlayTheSong
Re: Just quit a band on Christmas Day

I know how you feel. I played back-up percussion in a friend's band in college and it's not the same as sitting in the driver's seat. We won a bar band competition, each getting a share of a gift...
Forum: General Discussion 12-08-2017, 03:15 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,977
Posted By PlayTheSong
Re: Keeping big band horns from dragging

I'm wondering about the acoustics of the room. Sometimes in a bad room the horns are hearing your echo off a nearby wall louder than they're hearing you - so they play to the echo. Or more likely,...
Forum: General Discussion 11-29-2017, 06:01 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,892
Posted By PlayTheSong
Re: Chronicling rental/backline kits from around the world! ��

I'm guessing Jack Daniels did a promo for live music clubs where they provided these free heads for the advertising. Not a bad idea!
Forum: General Discussion 10-18-2017, 08:26 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,166
Posted By PlayTheSong
Re: What Songs Would You Like to See Transcribed?

Also, if it's improve, you have to wonder about the irony of transcribing it so that you can play it verbatim. We've built machines that can fly, but we can't build a machine that flies the way a...
Forum: General Discussion 10-18-2017, 08:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,223
Posted By PlayTheSong
Re: Building vocabulary

Nice! I was formulating an answer as I read Drummingman's post, but Bermuda's answer said it very well.

In my experience, a healthy combination of practice, jamming with others and performing...
Forum: General Discussion 09-21-2017, 02:23 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,229
Posted By PlayTheSong
Re: Most efficient way to learn a new song for an audition

Try all the suggestions here if you need to, but first I suggest taking Ghostnote's advice and just sit down at the drums with your headphones on and listen to the song playing along as you learn it....
Forum: General Discussion 09-01-2017, 07:54 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,278
Posted By PlayTheSong
Re: Very first live gig!

I'm not a tech, but have seen mics set to a figure 8 pattern between hi-hat and snare to pick up both. (You'll know better than I whether that particular mic is capable of picking up that pattern.)
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