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Forum: General Discussion 08-04-2014, 09:56 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 10,426
Posted By RickVandeven
Re: Musical artists whose death saddened you.

John Lennon was the first musician who died that I remember getting bummed out about. The Beatles were played a lot in my house growing up. I was 8.

Dennis Wilson's death was very sad to me since...
Forum: General Discussion 07-24-2014, 09:02 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,838
Posted By RickVandeven
Re: Contrats To Bermuda!

Bravo! Congratulations!

I actually seen you in concert in the late 90's at Six Flags in St. Louis. My oldest daughter (she is 22 now) still talks about it.

Once again, congrats! Let Weird Al...
Forum: General Discussion 07-17-2014, 05:38 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,449
Posted By RickVandeven
Re: Another Band Drama Thread

A couple of years ago, I helped a bass player friend's band out by filling in between drummers. The two guitarists were ridiculously loud. They started out too loud, but (as is often the case), they...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-17-2014, 05:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,371
Posted By RickVandeven
Re: Taking drumming more serious

There are a lot of features on your e-kit that you can practice along with.

I have recently went back to basics. It has been over 20 years since I have practiced rudiments. Vic Firth has a good...
Forum: Drums 07-11-2014, 07:52 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,909
Posted By RickVandeven
Re: Trimmed down kits

I guess that I never realized four piece drum sets were a trend.
Forum: General Discussion 07-08-2014, 07:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,090
Posted By RickVandeven
Re: Drum Dial tuning

I have used the Drum Dial for over a year. I use it more as a fine tuning tool than a total tuner (does that make sense???). In other words, I know how to get my drums tuned up, I just use the Drum...
Forum: General Discussion 06-27-2014, 03:33 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,600
Posted By RickVandeven
Re: Your personal record for most songs learned in the shortest time?

3 guys from work and I (we've never played music together before), learned 12 songs well enough to be passable last night. They were all popular classic rock songs. Fortunately we have another month...
Forum: General Discussion 06-23-2014, 06:08 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,491
Posted By RickVandeven
Re: Learning a Song You Hate

On a side note, Jane's Addiction IS Classic Rock! I hate to admit because it was new music when I was in high school...
Forum: General Discussion 06-23-2014, 06:05 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,491
Posted By RickVandeven
Re: Learning a Song You Hate

If it's a song that I don't like, chances are that it belongs to a genre that I don't listen to on a regular basis. I loathe what I call "Bro Country" (modern country music), but I have had to learn...
Forum: General Discussion 03-07-2014, 06:57 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,684
Posted By RickVandeven
Re: How should a band practice?

It all depends on what your goals are. It sounds like to me that you each have conflicting goals.

I don't play in an all originals band anymore because I am not fond of the studio, and I like...
Forum: General Discussion 12-17-2013, 02:53 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,995
Posted By RickVandeven
Re: Any pre gig routine?

I pick out all the brown M&M's. The guitarists don't like brown M&M's.
Forum: General Discussion 11-27-2013, 04:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,083
Posted By RickVandeven
Re: "I Shall be Released" - The Band

You are correct! Levon is "strumming" his snare wires on "I Shall Be Released".
Forum: General Discussion 11-27-2013, 04:16 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,721
Posted By RickVandeven
Re: Is It Common For Some People Not To Take Care of Their Gear?

I keep my gear maintained for the same reason that I keep my house, cars, lawnmower, etc maintained: I hate stuff breaking down on me when I'm using it.
Forum: General Discussion 11-22-2013, 06:44 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,018
Posted By RickVandeven
Re: Mic skills and entertaining the crowd

My band plays mostly bars, and the occasional winery. We treat the audience like adults in that we rarely engage them in conversation from the stage. We smile, and have good stage presence (not...
Forum: Drummers 11-21-2013, 05:48 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 16,317
Posted By RickVandeven
Re: How did Keith Moon play?

I enjoy the "what if" discussions. I believe that if Moonie had lived, he would have gotten kicked out of The Who during the tour to support Who Are You? The road just held too many temptations....
Forum: Drums 11-14-2013, 04:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,749
Posted By RickVandeven
Re: Buying a drum set and beginner help please.

The quality of e-drums has come a long way. I have played drums for over 25 years, and I have seriously toyed with the idea of going electric. They are small, so for you that is a benefit (not so...
Forum: Drums 11-13-2013, 07:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,749
Posted By RickVandeven
Re: Buying a drum set and beginner help please.

If I was starting all over again, I would go with electric drums without even thinking about it. They take up less space. There are many tools that available even on the most basic e-drum set that...
Forum: General Discussion 11-11-2013, 07:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,433
Posted By RickVandeven
Re: Setting up a band - tips; dealing with people

It's your idea and vision. You put the ads out, etc. The band will find its own way eventually, but right now it will need a leader. Every band I have ever been in needed a lot of direction in the...
Forum: General Discussion 11-08-2013, 06:46 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 43,854
Posted By RickVandeven
Re: Which is harder to play drums or guitar?!?!

My best friend, who is a fine guitarist and has also been my bandmate for over 15 years, says that most guitarists are "frustrated drummers". I don't know what that means.

On the other hand, I...
Forum: General Discussion 11-07-2013, 06:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,854
Posted By RickVandeven
Re: Drum themed Movies

Nick Mason has the lion's share of screen time in "Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii".
Forum: General Discussion 11-06-2013, 11:46 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,059
Posted By RickVandeven
Re: It always amazes me when....

My bands have always interacted with the audience at a friendly distance. I consider the stage (or designated performing area) to be sacred. I have been pretty lucky over the years to really only...
Forum: Drums 10-09-2013, 06:54 PM
Replies: 301
Views: 79,508
Posted By RickVandeven
Re: The Ludwig Acrolite

Be careful on the student Acro's. Sometimes they have been dropped, and may be out of round or have bearing edge damage.

If you do get the student Acro, the stand works great for changing heads,...
Forum: General Discussion 10-03-2013, 02:17 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,918
Posted By RickVandeven
Re: I've been stewing about this for days - RVIVR

"Beardcore". Oh man, is THAT what I have become????

I had a 21 year old ask me how I play so fast the other night. I really threw him for a loop when he asked what "double pedal" I played, and...
Forum: General Discussion 10-02-2013, 10:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,820
Posted By RickVandeven
Re: Rant about being jerked around by a band

I have never understood why band "leaders" don't have the courage to be honest in situations like this. The "leader" has probably been chewed out, or witnessed a chewing out, by some other...
Forum: General Discussion 10-02-2013, 04:12 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 7,477
Posted By RickVandeven
Re: So....where do the big bucks for drummers lie?

I don't understand how my choosing to perform for free negatively affects anybody else's ability to perform for "big bucks". I have no desire to be a professional drummer, I leave that up to the, uh,...
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