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Forum: General Discussion 10-23-2013, 05:57 AM
Replies: 187
Views: 12,002
Posted By Ian Ballard
Re: Was Lars' double-bass on the track Dyers Eve a fraud????

That album was pieced together from a million takes, overdubs and tricks. Ya know what? I don't care. Love the hell out of "...Justice".
Forum: General Discussion 10-20-2013, 04:21 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 10,149
Posted By Ian Ballard
Re: Endorsement deals: Vinnie no longer with Ludwig?

I'm waging bets he'll be a DW guy soon. Well, I'm pretty broke so my bets will be in Bitcoin. Haha!

Anyway, I was a little surprised he chose Ludwig, not because I think they're poor drums but...
Forum: Drummers 09-23-2013, 04:18 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 8,304
Posted By Ian Ballard
Re: Jim Gordon

Pretzel Logic.

Nuff said.
Forum: Drum Technique 09-14-2013, 07:09 AM
Replies: 193
Views: 44,303
Posted By Ian Ballard
Re: Murray Spivack technique?

Well, I started out studying with amazing Jim Riley for a much longer time. Jim taught me a lot of amazing technical things, pertaining to musical arrangement, reading, phrasing and technique of...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-12-2013, 06:24 AM
Replies: 193
Views: 44,303
Posted By Ian Ballard
Re: Murray Spivack technique?

I studied with Chad Wackerman who was a student of Murray's. Right off the bat, Chad was getting me deeply involved with Murray's techniques. I did the 15-minute exercise every day: Basically, you...
Forum: General Discussion 08-28-2013, 04:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,229
Posted By Ian Ballard
Re: Vinnie: Back to YAMAHA?

Actually he is now a Ludwig Atlas hardware endorser.
Forum: General Discussion 08-27-2013, 07:47 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,195
Posted By Ian Ballard
Re: Time signatures, help needed

Certainly in Indian music, much like the scale theory they use, you CAN notate things in a polyrhythmic sense. If you were playing in a 5 feel, but wanted to superimpose 3 over it, you would write...
Forum: Drums 08-27-2013, 07:41 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,272
Posted By Ian Ballard
Re: Just got my new C&C kit!

Being a native of Kansas City, MO I have to say I'm always thrilled when people in other places buy C&C drums. I used to shop at the store on North Oak, way back in the day and got to know Bill...
Forum: General Discussion 08-27-2013, 06:20 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,195
Posted By Ian Ballard
Re: Time signatures, help needed

Sometimes, with odd-time tunes, the meter is implied. That is, if you are playing 7/4, being that the tempo of the song has 7 notes per musical phrase, you CAN notate parts in 7/8 if the phrase is...
Forum: General Discussion 08-27-2013, 06:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,739
Posted By Ian Ballard
Re: Metal drummers using Gretsch?

Right and for metal, Pinstripes work great! Easy to tune and pretty phat-sounding. Of course there's a lot of choices these days for rock sounds. The Evans Black Chrome are getting good reviews...
Forum: General Discussion 08-27-2013, 04:08 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,969
Posted By Ian Ballard
Re: Simple songs that are not so simple

Anything with John JR Robinson. Simple grooves, yes. However, the way he places the backbeat, relative to the downbeat of the bass drum and ties it together with the hi-hat, is pure beat...
Forum: General Discussion 08-26-2013, 09:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,739
Posted By Ian Ballard
Re: Metal drummers using Gretsch?

I'm sure with the newfound popularity of Gretsch drums these days (with Guitar Center pimping as they do), metal dudez are using them too! Although, to me, drums of that quality, deserve property...
Forum: Drummers 08-26-2013, 01:08 AM
Replies: 214
Views: 39,166
Posted By Ian Ballard
Re: Tony Williams

My favorite drummer of all time. I got to see him in clinic shortly before he passed. I barely knew who he was and had just heard him on some Miles recordings. His power and sheer command of that...
Forum: General Discussion 08-25-2013, 09:56 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 6,093
Posted By Ian Ballard
Re: Drummers that overplay

Well, you are entitled to your opinion. Keep in mind he was "The Who" drummer and didn't really do much more that's worth mentioning, with other artists. He wasn't a session guy. Also, The Who is...
Forum: General Discussion 08-24-2013, 05:06 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,793
Posted By Ian Ballard
Re: Help with CAD pro drum mics

As I said, he might be better off, saving up for a real USB-mixer. Harbingers are good PA systems but they really aren't designed for recording-to-PC purposes. For the money, Behringer's Xenyx line...
Forum: General Discussion 08-24-2013, 06:30 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,793
Posted By Ian Ballard
Re: Help with CAD pro drum mics

Well, that's interesting. Heck, I suppose if you REALLY want to go ultra-lo fi, you could just use the built in mic in your laptop and bang away and ditch the mics all together! ;)
Forum: General Discussion 08-24-2013, 04:58 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,793
Posted By Ian Ballard
Re: Help with CAD pro drum mics

Your overheads are condensers, which require phantom power. You're going to need to buy a proper mixer that has a USB or Firewire out to use on your computer, that has phantom inputs. If you want...
Forum: General Discussion 08-23-2013, 08:33 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,516
Posted By Ian Ballard
Re: what skills does a drummer need to become successful in current market situation ?

Pretty much, it's been said in a nutshell here. I might add:

1. Class
2. Humility
3. Confidence when needed.
4. Good sight-reading/chart reading/making skills (Nashville Number System is...
Forum: General Discussion 08-23-2013, 06:59 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 6,093
Posted By Ian Ballard
Re: Drummers that overplay

I can't recall ever reading a non-political statement I've disagreed with so much in my life.
Forum: General Discussion 08-21-2013, 12:35 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,171
Posted By Ian Ballard
Re: Hip Hop Drumming!

Hence the "Many examples I could give" part. :)

But it's a cool aside that you could technically say Jeff Porcaro was on a Warren G record.
Forum: General Discussion 08-20-2013, 07:54 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,171
Posted By Ian Ballard
Re: Hip Hop Drumming!

Well ya know... hip-hop pretty much began by ripping off tracks from funk, R&B and rock tracks and looping them. Many examples I could give: "Jamie's Crying"'s beginning fill became "Wild Thang"...
Forum: General Discussion 08-20-2013, 02:38 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 6,093
Posted By Ian Ballard
Re: Drummers that overplay

"Going Mobile" is one incredible example of a MUSICAL, EMPATHETIC drum part. For anybody, drummer or otherwise to state that Mooney was "overplaying" is fooling themselves. Indeed he was listening...
Forum: General Discussion 08-19-2013, 07:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 963
Posted By Ian Ballard
Re: Recording with four microphones

You most certainly CAN get an AWESOME drum sound with that setup, but placement is key. I wouldn't place the pencils right above your crashes; that will just give you a great crash sound but will...
Forum: General Discussion 08-19-2013, 07:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,565
Posted By Ian Ballard
Re: Bass Drum = Patella Tendonitis

We also have to keep in mind, that none of us here (I assume) are qualified medical professionals or physical therapists so really all we can suggest is being careful, taking things slow and easy and...
Forum: General Discussion 08-19-2013, 05:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,565
Posted By Ian Ballard
Re: Bass Drum = Patella Tendonitis

I don't know what the doc told you but an x-ray won't really be effective to show soft-tissue issues, just bone problems. MRI?

Secondly, I've had extensive problems with my left leg, including a...
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