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Forum: General Discussion 02-20-2019, 10:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 350
Posted By alparrott
Re: Ok, so was this a "thing" at one time or am I crazy? (Cymbal stack question)

I've stacked splashes like this, but with a felt between the cymbal bells so they never touched. It's not an effect when done like this; it's just another way to mount the cymbal.
Forum: General Discussion 02-18-2019, 06:53 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 768
Posted By alparrott
Re: Canít hear my kick!

First off, if you are in a small room and playing loud enough to mic the drums, you need a comprehensive, two-ear hearing protection solution. One ear bud is not enough to prevent permanent hearing...
Forum: General Discussion 02-18-2019, 06:35 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,099
Posted By alparrott
Re: Help with hand pain, stiffness

Thanks for keeping it civil on my thread, guys. It's always appreciated here on DW.

I've gone maybe a little OCD on making sure my current setup is ergonomic, so that wasn't feeding into my hand...
Forum: Drums 02-18-2019, 02:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 307
Posted By alparrott
Re: Tiki Drums snare building course - how deep would you go?

I didn't think I was gonna be a 13x7 guy until Andy built mine. Now I ask myself why I waited so long to get on board. It's got a great tuning range, and even when it goes high, the sound has so much...
Forum: General Discussion 02-18-2019, 02:33 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,099
Posted By alparrott
Re: Help with hand pain, stiffness

OK. Best I can explain it is that instead of putting the fulcrum between the thumb and first joint of the forefinger and letting the stick do a levering motion over the finger, the stick was rotating...
Forum: General Discussion 02-17-2019, 06:33 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,099
Posted By alparrott
Re: Help with hand pain, stiffness

A bit of an update here. My experiment with grip sticks went rather poorly. I ended up with terrible blisters on top of not solving the hand pain. All this, however, did help me in unexpected ways.
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Forum: Drums 02-15-2019, 11:08 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 973
Posted By alparrott
Re: Advice on value of monster vintage Pearl kit

I think we are at "double dog dare" status here.

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Forum: Drum Technique 02-14-2019, 06:07 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 9,489
Posted By alparrott
Re: hi hat sizzle

Looks like he just has his top cymbal very loose on the clutch so that it wobbles when he gives it a good punch. Gavin Harrison also keeps his hats rather loose and gets some good angle out of them...
Forum: Off Topic Lounge 02-13-2019, 05:28 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 775
Posted By alparrott
Re: Bo's last name

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Forum: Drum Technique 02-12-2019, 08:59 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 711
Posted By alparrott
Re: Pre-planned drum fills??

I agree with the general consensus, in that you can be as flexible as your playing situation allows when you're the lone drummer. Sometimes you have to be pinpoint precise (Neil Peart comes to mind);...
Forum: General Discussion 02-12-2019, 08:32 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,147
Posted By alparrott
Re: Maybe I'm done compensating for my height ;)

I'm not too much taller than you, Bo, and with my 9" deep rack tom over my 22" I still feel like I'm able to reach everything. I do like the feel of my 20" though. Funny thing is, with those deeper...
Forum: General Discussion 02-11-2019, 11:04 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,007
Posted By alparrott
Re: I don't understand why people close mic

I don't understand why people post something like this and then never re-engage in the conversation, but maybe that's just me.

My own drumset is twelve separate instruments, each of which has its...
Forum: General Discussion 02-11-2019, 07:14 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 355
Posted By alparrott
Re: In ear monitor users - mic'ing question

I use it for either/both depending on the room and the situation. For smaller rooms, I use it into my personal mixer for my own self-monitoring; in mid-sized venues (and even in some large venues in...
Forum: General Discussion 02-11-2019, 05:23 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 355
Posted By alparrott
Re: In ear monitor users - mic'ing question

I place it just in front of, or just underneath, the front hoop of the bass drum depending on stage size (under the hoop if it's a small stage, because guitarists). I get a really nice bass drum...
Forum: Drum Technique 02-11-2019, 05:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 269
Posted By alparrott
Re: Getting my wires crossed?

Crossing arms is mostly done to keep the dominant hand doing the harder work, but there's no reason to adhere to the practice other than tradition. If you decide it feels better to play open-handed,...
Forum: General Discussion 02-11-2019, 04:48 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 532
Posted By alparrott
Re: ANYONE WOOF???

The earliest woofer may have been Big Al...
Forum: General Discussion 02-09-2019, 11:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 288
Posted By alparrott
Re: Boundary mics?

I used it outside the bass drum on a gig last fall, in a medium-sized room. It was pretty great for pushing the low end out to the back of the room, and for capturing the mids of the kit, but rolled...
Forum: General Discussion 02-09-2019, 07:41 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 355
Posted By alparrott
Re: In ear monitor users - mic'ing question

My go-to suggestion: Get a boundary mic and set it on the floor for self-monitoring. I do this often and it really helps me understand my own volume. Less worry about stands and positioning; often...
Forum: General Discussion 02-09-2019, 07:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 288
Posted By alparrott
Re: Boundary mics?

I'm a HUGE proponent of boundary mics both for recording and for live playing in small-to-mid-sized venues. I have two in my kit: a Shure 819/881 (the precursor to the Beta 91A) and a Sennheiser...
Forum: General Discussion 02-09-2019, 07:14 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 668
Posted By alparrott
Re: What is a good drummer

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Forum: General Discussion 02-08-2019, 07:46 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 668
Posted By alparrott
Re: What is a good drummer

- considerate of his/her band mates
- has other skills that help the band be successful (can set up PA, does social media, art skills for flyers and t-shirts, etc)
- shows up on time ready to play...
Forum: Drum Technique 02-06-2019, 10:34 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 600
Posted By alparrott
Re: What should I do when the gains I've made from practicing have plateaued?

That's definitely a good start. And remember, so much of music is mental. A lot of your exploration can be done without touching a stick. I find an hour or two a week on YouTube watching videos or...
Forum: Drum Technique 02-06-2019, 09:38 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 600
Posted By alparrott
Re: What should I do when the gains I've made from practicing have plateaued?

You don't mention what kind of band you're in, or what kind of music you play, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say that the music you play doesn't require all the rudiments or four-way...
Forum: General Discussion 02-06-2019, 09:31 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 806
Posted By alparrott
Re: Kick Snare & Hat

In two bands now, I've gigged smaller venues with a markedly stripped down kit. For the one, I was doing rather complicated fusiony parts on just a bass drum, snare drum and ride cymbal. For the...
Forum: Off Topic Lounge 02-06-2019, 09:03 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 690
Posted By alparrott
Re: Cut the cable?

I haven't had cable since 2002, and haven't missed it. Until a few years ago we just watched movies on DVD or over-the-air TV; now we have Hulu and Roku with all its content channels. So there's...
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