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Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 10:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 252
Posted By alparrott
Re: Jojo Mayer - Questions

Yes, Jojo is on another level altogether. But here's a secret: He didn't get there playing his signature gear! He got there first, then got signature gear. So none of his ability can be ascribed to...
Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 10:25 PM
Replies: 2,788
Views: 255,784
Posted By alparrott
Re: What's your latest purchase?

Yesterday Musician's Friend did this 4-piece Digital Reference microphone kit for $49 ($50 off). I figured a set of beater mikes for that price was a pretty good deal. We'll see if it really was...
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Forum: General Discussion 12-12-2018, 10:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 180
Posted By alparrott
Re: Handling pay & obligations while on the road

I was an early adopter of paying bills directly from the bank (due to my time in the military); I could even pre-arrange billing for a certain number of months. Now with so many e-banking options, I...
Forum: Drum Technique 12-12-2018, 06:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 363
Posted By alparrott
Re: Unusual hi hat placement

To me, the kit the OP posted doesn't look all that unusual with the exception on the bass drum to the left of the hi-hat. It you ignore everything to the left, it's just a fairly normal setup with...
Forum: Drums 12-11-2018, 11:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 245
Posted By alparrott
Re: Bum Wraps?

I wrapped a floor tom with Bum Wrap using a custom graphic I made myself of a blue strata pattern, because at the time blue strata was discontinued. (Fast forward two years and it's again a standard...
Forum: General Discussion 12-10-2018, 11:18 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 457
Posted By alparrott
Re: How to start?

All good responses, and I'll throw in a couple of other ideas.

First off, don't forget this is supposed to be art, and music, and fun. It's not a competition, and there will always be someone who...
Forum: Drummers 12-10-2018, 10:03 PM
Replies: 284
Views: 83,311
Posted By alparrott
Re: Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz here!

I have my tickets for the "Strings Attached" show in my town and I'm pretty excited. I have a few friends on the local orchestra and I was idly curious how incorporating all these orchestras around...
Forum: General Discussion 12-10-2018, 07:41 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 619
Posted By alparrott
Re: struggling to get through a song

This. The lead-in phrase, sung properly, should set the beat for the chorus bit.

Another way to look at it, is that the eighth notes you're playing on the hats during the verses become the...
Forum: General Discussion 12-10-2018, 01:42 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 582
Posted By alparrott
Re: Help with hand pain, stiffness

The AJ6s I just happened to have in the bag for quieter playing during rehearsals for a recent musical, and they worked a treat. But my latest sticks are three pairs of Headhunters with their...
Forum: Drums 12-10-2018, 01:36 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 318
Posted By alparrott
Re: New drum kit

Well, you could certainly do worse than a kit that Benny's played! Congrats and enjoy.
Forum: General Discussion 12-09-2018, 09:34 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 947
Posted By alparrott
Re: Fixing Tempo Problems

I do the "hum a few bars" trick myself all the time and it works a treat to start out. I will even hum to myself to correct tempo coming out of a solo if need be. Bermuda mentioned a while back how...
Forum: General Discussion 12-09-2018, 09:18 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 781
Posted By alparrott
Re: "too Busy"

I am in a covers band as well, and my standard is "play the part close enough to the record that it doesn't jar the audience out of the song". What do I mean by that? Imagine you're listening to a...
Forum: General Discussion 12-09-2018, 07:16 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,723
Posted By alparrott
Re: New "quiet" drum kit !

As earlier posted, the heads will only work if you put triggers on the drums. They really are quiet. The best analogy I can give you is like the slight 'boing' you might hear bouncing a tennis ball...
Forum: General Discussion 12-08-2018, 09:43 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 582
Posted By alparrott
Re: Help with hand pain, stiffness

Thanks to everyone for all your suggestions. Quick update: I took two weeks mostly off from drumming (about two hours total in all that time), stretched, paid attention to my diet and water intake,...
Forum: General Discussion 12-08-2018, 09:37 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 781
Posted By alparrott
Re: "too Busy"

If you've been playing straight time for a while with these guys, that's probably what they've come to expect from you. That's neither a good thing nor a bad thing. The question to ask is if what...
Forum: General Discussion 12-07-2018, 09:14 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 444
Posted By alparrott
Re: Just got booked to play a Moose Lodge. What to expect?

Organizations like this vary wildly from chapter to chapter. Some can be sticks in the mud, some can be pretty crazy, and some will be trials by fire. You may be able to find the lodge on social...
Forum: General Discussion 12-07-2018, 07:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 221
Posted By alparrott
Re: Drum ID help!

Looks like an LB419T - brass shell Super Sensitive (dead giveaway with the snare assembly) in 6.5x14 dimension. Nice inheritance!
Forum: Drums 12-07-2018, 03:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 230
Posted By alparrott
Re: The return of the Gretsch COB!

I don't think I will ever own a Gretsch kit or snare, but I am great admirers of the way they look, and that snare is no exception. There's something about that knurled bevel in the middle of the...
Forum: General Discussion 12-04-2018, 11:58 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 758
Posted By alparrott
Re: Gigging Mishaps

Now then, on a serious note ...

Some years ago I used to use two side racks with no front section over the bass drum; it made it fairly simple to move my large kit in a few pieces. (It's germane...
Forum: General Discussion 12-04-2018, 08:53 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 961
Posted By alparrott
Re: Your Moment of Glory

Man, the thread should stop after Kevin's story. That was beautiful.

My feeble offering is when I was moving and had to leave the band I was in. We decided to play a farewell show at the same...
Forum: General Discussion 12-04-2018, 07:41 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 758
Posted By alparrott
Re: Gigging Mishaps

There was that time I tried to do a quick getaway and tripped on my cape...

(you knew it was coming)
Forum: Drums 12-04-2018, 06:45 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 465
Posted By alparrott
Re: What are your drumming-related quirks?

My heads all have the logo at the top relative to the throne. I also put different letters, numbers or symbols on the butt end of my sticks with a Sharpie so I can pull out the matched pair of sticks...
Forum: Drums 12-04-2018, 01:31 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 531
Posted By alparrott
Re: Funny the things that matter

Long ago I realized it's only me who's going to know. Most clubs I play in, it's dark. 100% of the gigs I've got are for my playing and not for the coordination of the hardware. I've never owned a...
Forum: General Discussion 12-03-2018, 07:39 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 793
Posted By alparrott
Re: Not sure how to do this

I'm behind this, because I have as much to learn as anybody as I cobble together a home studio. Most of what I've done so far has been through talking to sound engineers, watching YouTube, and just...
Forum: General Discussion 12-02-2018, 07:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 510
Posted By alparrott
Re: No tom setup

Shortly after joining one of my current bands, we did a coffeehouse mini-tour where I played just kick, snare, hats, ride for five or six shows. It really made me think about the songs as whole units...
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