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Forum: Drum Technique Yesterday, 07:24 PM
Replies: 12
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Posted By brentcn
Re: Time away from kit

Truly wonderful advice! Particularly the last two lines...
Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 07:48 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 473
Posted By brentcn
Re: Jazz band playing to a metronome

I really don’t see an issue with using a click at a rehearsal, in jazz or anything else. I’ve done so myself, and wouldn’t hesitate to use one if I were leading a rehearsal. Even a group of very good...
Forum: General Discussion 02-15-2019, 05:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 473
Posted By brentcn
Re: Jazz band playing to a metronome

If I tell an advanced student "practice with the metronome", it's assumed they know how to find the tempo, and that good metronome practice would mean playing the song at a variety of speeds: song...
Forum: General Discussion 02-14-2019, 04:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 473
Posted By brentcn
Re: Jazz band playing to a metronome

This band is gasping, not breathing. The bandleader is wisely using a metronome to make the band tighter, and keep the group from slowing down. The focus is on players and sections with timing...
Forum: General Discussion 02-14-2019, 08:22 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 473
Posted By brentcn
Re: Jazz band playing to a metronome

If your combo can handle fast bebop with a click, then it will certainly be able to allow some “breathing” when playing without a click. Plenty of msicians will argue that the music should ...
Forum: Drum Technique 02-12-2019, 08:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 307
Posted By brentcn
Re: Beginners Drum course?

Drum teachers, that teach beginners, don’t teach lessons “once in a while”. It’s every week, or not at all. You have to show at least that much maturity and commitment.
Forum: Drum Technique 02-12-2019, 04:19 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 635
Posted By brentcn
Re: Pre-planned drum fills??

Look deep into your heart, and ask yourself: is this an improv gig, a "parts" gig, or somewhere in between?



There is a HUGE middle ground here. You can have a family of licks or short phrases,...
Forum: General Discussion 02-11-2019, 05:03 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 522
Posted By brentcn
Re: These posts I see on Craigslist

Maybe you might call them. But you probably wouldn't book them, without checking other sources first. You can go to their facebook or instagram and check out videos, common acquaintances, etc., in...
Forum: Drum Technique 02-11-2019, 05:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 232
Posted By brentcn
Re: Getting my wires crossed?

YES!!! Yes, you're missing something very, very big. A very large, significant part of drumming involves playing a repeating rhythm with one hand, usually your dominant hand, and then supplying the...
Forum: General Discussion 02-09-2019, 06:57 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 320
Posted By brentcn
Re: In ear monitor users - mic'ing question

I preach this all the time, but getting IEMs with the “ambient” feature (which is just a port that allows some external noise to gently go to your ears, at a comfortable -15dB) has been great. For...
Forum: Drum Technique 02-07-2019, 09:39 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 549
Posted By brentcn
Re: What should I do when the gains I've made from practicing have plateaued?

Your discipline is impressive! But of course, if you drill the same things, you’ll see improvement for a while, but then it will drop off. The better you get, the more challenges you’ll require.
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Forum: General Discussion 02-06-2019, 08:14 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 929
Posted By brentcn
Re: I don't understand why people close mic

Frankly, I think you’ve never mixed a record, or run live sound, ever, in a way that anyone would want to hear.
Forum: General Discussion 02-05-2019, 05:09 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 669
Posted By brentcn
Re: Good enough to get through a gig

The Gary Chaffee "Fat-back" exercises are the best drills for developing bass drum speed and control. There are only bass drum and snare notes here; you're expected to supply the hi-hat pattern...
Forum: General Discussion 02-02-2019, 05:39 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,862
Posted By brentcn
Re: Discussion on wood species/Janka scale.

Let’s get something straight: the difference between a Strat and a Gibson is night and day. A Gibson may sound very similar to any guitar with humbucker pickups.
Forum: General Discussion 01-31-2019, 09:59 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 370
Posted By brentcn
Re: Musical memory

Yes, because dementia and Altzheimers affect the outer regions of the brain, the prefrontal cortex. The amygdala is deeper and more central, so it is unaffected (until very late stages). Since music...
Forum: General Discussion 01-31-2019, 06:18 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 370
Posted By brentcn
Re: Musical memory

The amygdala gets active when you listen to and recall music. Since more of the brain is involved, the memories have added permanence.

Also, the “chunking” theory of memory is a factor. When you...
Forum: Drums 01-30-2019, 11:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 171
Posted By brentcn
Re: Tuning and muffling Absolute Hybrid Maple BD...

On this drum in particular, you should be able to get a defined, punchy sound with some tuning and a pillow.

On the average kick, a full front head usually means an undefined, boomy sound, but...
Forum: General Discussion 01-29-2019, 03:42 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,862
Posted By brentcn
Re: Discussion on wood species/Janka scale.

Not really. A wood species will vary in terms of hardness, so the Janka scale is a bit useless here. If the construction is multiple plies, then hardness barely, if at all, determines resonance or...
Forum: Drums 01-29-2019, 12:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 306
Posted By brentcn
Re: Gretsch Wrap Question

Gretsch probably made it at the request of a customer in their North Carolina shop.
Forum: General Discussion 01-28-2019, 08:03 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 792
Posted By brentcn
Re: Exciting prospect!

Count! haha

But seriously, when you hear players doing over-the-barline phrases, it's something that was practiced specifically, until it became familiar enough that it could be used on the fly....
Forum: Drums 01-28-2019, 06:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 306
Posted By brentcn
Re: Gretsch Wrap Question

It's more blue than black, kind of a bird-feather pattern.
Forum: General Discussion 01-28-2019, 06:17 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 656
Posted By brentcn
Re: Payday for touring

Dealing with bands that are touring, but independently funded, is tricky. You don't need a formal contract, but do get an email spelling out the details -- something in writing. Let's say it's a two...
Forum: Drums 01-28-2019, 05:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 306
Posted By brentcn
Re: Gretsch Wrap Question

Yeah, it was on the Catalina Clubs when they first came out. I dig it!
Forum: General Discussion 01-27-2019, 08:08 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 792
Posted By brentcn
Re: Exciting prospect!

Ah, I had the same issue. A friend told me to just listen to the bassist (so often we’re just listening for the drums right?). Usually the bass will phrase in a way that makes the “one” more obvious....
Forum: General Discussion 01-27-2019, 07:09 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 792
Posted By brentcn
Re: Exciting prospect!

Very cool! If you do end up taking lessons, what do you think you’ll want to discuss? And please share the lesson content if you can — I’m always interested to hear teaching methods and lessons,...
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