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Forum: General Discussion 03-24-2015, 09:14 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 3,074
Re: The worst gig of my life

I hate the attitude that the drumset is just a generic instrument and anybody can sit down and adjust it to their needs in five minutes and be fine.
I hate kit sharing, but it's inescapable. How...
Forum: General Discussion 03-18-2015, 04:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 421
Re: I'm going to see Billy Cobham live!

Cool. The man is a national treasure. Looks like he's not coming close to DC this time around.
Forum: General Discussion 03-14-2015, 04:57 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,380
Re: Blurred lines ripped off the "feel"

I'm not claiming to be versed in the musical form. I am just saying that I disagree with the ethics of a lot of sampling that I hear. When I hear highly talented jazz musicians having their best work...
Forum: General Discussion 03-14-2015, 12:00 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,380
Re: Blurred lines ripped off the "feel"

Yes, I aware that they are licensed, but in the vast majority of cases I think they are not. The Beastie Boys have been sued many times. I don't know if they paid Back Door for that bass line, but I...
Forum: General Discussion 03-13-2015, 05:51 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,380
Re: Blurred lines ripped off the "feel"

And meanwhile you have rap bands just lifting recorded parts wholesale (although a lot of them get sued).

I heard a Massive Attack song that had a good chunk of Billy Cobham's Stratus, including...
Forum: General Discussion 03-12-2015, 09:49 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,380
Re: Blurred lines ripped off the "feel"

What's really crazy about this is the jury didn't even hear the original Marvin Gaye song. They had to hear a remake that didn't even have vocals.
This is apparently because of copyright issues.
Forum: General Discussion 03-02-2015, 03:27 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 805
Re: The modern history of the drumset

I think it's well-written. I don't disagree with anything there.
Liked the photos. It was interesting how Stewart Copeland brought small drums back into vogue.
Forum: General Discussion 02-19-2015, 10:23 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 973
Re: Guy downstairs goes mental when practicing e-drums

I have had great luck with Pearl mesh heads on regular drums, with ddrum triggers. The main issue for you is probably the bass drum. You can get the mesh head and put it on and trigger with that....
Forum: General Discussion 01-19-2015, 06:36 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 951
Re: My Band Frustrations

You didn't say if Joe is the singer, I am assuming he is. I think it's natural for the singer to have more say over songs (in a vocal band) because he has to sing them. That is something I have...
Forum: General Discussion 01-17-2015, 06:59 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,731
Re: Post your youth pics here.

One of the best threads I have seen here. These are really cool!
Forum: General Discussion 01-14-2015, 04:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 618
Re: Are E-kits only good for practicing at home?

I took my ancient Tama kit and put mesh heads on it with the triggers for quiet practice. When it comes time to gig I will switch out my good acoustic kit with the Tamas. I am going for an old...
Forum: General Discussion 01-13-2015, 04:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 618
Re: Are E-kits only good for practicing at home?

There is a prejudice against e-drums, no doubt about it. Everybody loves to hate them.
Ironically, these same people have no problem with an endless amount of digital manipulation to an acoustic...
Forum: General Discussion 01-01-2015, 04:59 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,377

The first one that inspired me to play drums:


The one that showed me the next level of possibilities:
Forum: General Discussion 12-22-2014, 03:49 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,893
Re: Another *&^%$# Bar Owner

The difference is, in most situations, is the bar owner collects the money. At the door and at the bar, unless it's a private party.
You might have invested more in recording gear, instruments, and...
Forum: General Discussion 12-21-2014, 06:56 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,893
Re: Another *&^%$# Bar Owner

A bar owner is in business to sell alcohol and attract people to the establishment. He's not there to supply you with an audience or help jump start the career of local musicians.

I have never...
Forum: General Discussion 12-21-2014, 12:59 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 781
Re: what are some great books about drummers you have read.

Mickey Hart- Drumming at the Edge of Magic
Seconds on Bruford's autobiography- excellent.
Forum: General Discussion 12-19-2014, 07:25 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,406
Re: The "Jimi Hendrix of drums"

My first thought was Elvin Jones.
Forum: General Discussion 12-19-2014, 06:46 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,467
Re: Nuggets of hard won wisdom

Things I have learned:
Not hitting a cymbal at the beginning of a new part or measure will often give that change more of an impact compared to hitting a cymbal.
If I can't seem to do things I used...
Forum: General Discussion 12-15-2014, 05:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 836
Re: Drumming as Art

This might sound odd...but try sitting down and playing abstract ideas. Like playing a drum solo about walking in a forest, or getting in a fight. Or winter into spring or something.
Forum: General Discussion 12-14-2014, 04:59 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,292
Re: Who "invented" the rock beat?

Steve Smith has a DVD on "History of the US Beat."
He says that when rock and roll first started recording, there were no rock and roll session drummers, only jazz guys. So they would "swing" the...
Forum: General Discussion 12-11-2014, 10:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 857
Re: It's hard to start a band, when you're a Drummer

I was always frustrated that I could never submit songs to my band. Through MIDI I am figuring out how to do so.
I used to compose a complex drum part in Cakewalk in the "staff view." Then I would...
Forum: General Discussion 11-25-2014, 11:34 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,620
Re: When soundmen attack

Soundman is one of those jobs where it is a prerequisite to be grumpy, similar to computer techs and auto mechanics.

I once got reamed out by a soundman for having two bass drums. He basically...
Forum: Drums 11-24-2014, 08:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,570
Re: Acrylic snares???? gen me up

I use the Crush 14" acrylic. I love the drum. Here is some video of it in a live context. This is when I just got it and was still dialing in the sound.

Forum: Drummers 11-18-2014, 06:22 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 19,564
Re: Mike Mangini

Holy crap- if you really listen to what is happening with "The Enemy Inside"- it's an amazing drum track.
The way the guy changes time sigs and throws out insane fill is just cool. He has to be one...
Forum: General Discussion 11-05-2014, 09:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,398
Re: The Drummer's Journal

Excellent! Man, that thing looks like a shit-ton of work.
I produced an indie mag. People don't realize the amount of effort and time it takes to do something that looks that good.
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