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Forum: General Discussion Today, 12:28 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,192
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Re: Is live music dead?

Dance music always gets a bad rap for being trite, but what better way to express your disdain for a sedentary and obese society? Salsa bands always attract a crowd, and you can fit three...
Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 01:00 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 573
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Can you turn an "intermediate" kit into a "pro" kit?

My experience in shopping intermediate drums is that the pro grade tends have the more expensive raw materials, more stylistic aesthetic designs, and more eccentric configurations, than the more mass...
Forum: General Discussion 03-01-2015, 10:08 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,400
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: For those who play at church or not.

Are these the same churches that have full pipe organs? Oh I know that is supposed to be the sound of god.
Forum: General Discussion 03-01-2015, 01:14 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,192
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Is live music dead?

Yes, yes... No we can't have dancing now can we, that would interfere with purchasing alcohol, oh and play one them bluesy shuffles with no time to speak of, you know one that you can't dance or sing...
Forum: General Discussion 02-28-2015, 02:57 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,192
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Is live music dead?

IMO, I think it is the arena grade equipment(especially guitar stacks) in the hands of amateurs and careless semi pros, that drove the audience to sit further and further away from the band. ...
Forum: General Discussion 02-27-2015, 02:10 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 754
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Hi-Hats: Tight or loose????

Since my new beats are rigid, I prefer mine tight, they need to open up like my other cymbals. Though, the rubber washer and clutch nut don't allow for all that much clamping.
Forum: General Discussion 02-27-2015, 01:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 248
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Shell Tap Tone

Did you watch the video? It looked like they were hitting them with a baseball bat.
Forum: General Discussion 02-27-2015, 01:46 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 248
Posted By SmoothOperator
Shell Tap Tone

I must admit I've been a skeptic about tapping the shell to tune the drum, but then:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPXrPdwzrI0
PPXrPdwzrI0

BTW has any drummer successfully integrated a log...
Forum: General Discussion 02-20-2015, 01:02 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 919
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: How many of you are playing for tips?

I wished the cafe gigs got more respect, but it seems nine out of ten bands are nothing more than beer and liquer salesmen.
Forum: General Discussion 02-19-2015, 01:41 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,199
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Adults Learning Drums

People who say adults can't learn, probably weren't all that great at learning new things in the first place, the only reason they have any skills at all, is they are willing to sit in a room by them...
Forum: General Discussion 02-12-2015, 02:33 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,736
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Past a point, are teachers necesssary?

I think there aren't many teachers that cater to later in life learners.

I had a trumpet teacher, since I wanted to learn a melody instrument, though I had been playing drums a number of years.
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Forum: General Discussion 02-12-2015, 02:28 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 665
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: OCD or normal jacking around?

I go through phases. Though I have wondered how much time other drummers actually spend working on their sound vs technique vs other gear. I think I tend to spend a lot of time working on my sound,...
Forum: General Discussion 02-12-2015, 12:42 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,516
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: The Drum Set As Melody Instrument

Tell your keyboardist buddy to try the concert tom setting. Talk about an instrument that doesn't even begin to produce a harmonic series. I know let's play major chord with a Z wave.

Anyway I...
Forum: General Discussion 02-11-2015, 02:20 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,516
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: The Drum Set As Melody Instrument

That's what wind chimes are for. I think that is why the author is arguing they be considered conditionally pitched. Since most drummers don't have twelve drums, and even if they did they would...
Forum: General Discussion 02-11-2015, 04:15 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,516
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: The Drum Set As Melody Instrument

Chords aren't melodies. There are many melodic instruments that don't have a harmonic series as an overtone structure. Ocarinas, kalimbas, marimbas, vibes, steel drums, log drums, gongs, chinese...
Forum: General Discussion 02-08-2015, 03:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 689
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Alan Dawson: How Do You Sound? vs How Do You Look?

I think visual entertainment is key for drummers. It's one of the few instruments that is entertaining to watch, and even the back row can see it. Plus the canonical approach to drums being untuned...
Forum: General Discussion 02-06-2015, 02:31 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,004
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Why do blues bands want "rock & roll" drummers?

Backing JLH is one thing. Playing with John Pond Scum while he tries to knock off John Lee Hooker's licks, at the local watering hole is different thing altogether.
Forum: General Discussion 02-06-2015, 03:41 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,004
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Why do blues bands want "rock & roll" drummers?

People, primates, certain species of small flying mammals, possibly other creatures with or without a spine.
Forum: General Discussion 02-06-2015, 12:55 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,004
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Why do blues bands want "rock & roll" drummers?

Blues Musicians are a strange sort, if you can't carry the show by yourself they don't want you, if you can do it yourself they don't want. If you can't keep a beat they don't want you if you do...
Forum: General Discussion 02-02-2015, 02:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 403
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Tuning

I think whole tones work out pretty well for drum harmony. Except, you might get a sympathetic resonance in the minor sixth intervals, which sometimes isn't ideal for recording because it has too...
Forum: General Discussion 02-01-2015, 05:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 388
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Hollow Logs For Drums?

I wood go for a nice Mayan or Aztec slit drum, except I've thought it would be a big waste of wood. I wonder how they actually do it without waste. Drill and Bandsaw?

I've seen a number of...
Forum: General Discussion 01-31-2015, 03:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 267
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Auction Problems - Need help! Tabla Experts As Well

If you were a tabla expert you would know you need to reduce tension in the heads before shipping(after playing even), since temperature and humidity can greatly affect tension In natural heads. A...
Forum: General Discussion 01-31-2015, 01:13 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,263
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Unanswered Threads

I don't have a problem with unanswered threads, but I've noticed that discussions about "World Drums" tend not to get answered. Which is awfully strange for a forum called drummer world... More...
Forum: General Discussion 01-21-2015, 12:12 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 821
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: A few recording questions

I'm going to have to disagree. You can get professional grade or better tracks out of simple recording schemes(as long as the mics and recording hardware are good), the reason pro recording studios...
Forum: General Discussion 01-20-2015, 11:59 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 637
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Going to shows of a band you got rejected from a good idea?

No not really. Maybe once and a while to see if they have any new material, if they ask where you were say "home practicing."
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