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Forum: Drums Yesterday, 05:02 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 284
Posted By Morrisman
Re: About to buy a Gretsch Catalina Club kit...

I have owned one for a year. Its the previous model with the square fittings, walnut gloss finish. I’ve played maybe 30 jazz, blues and cover band gigs on it in that time. I find the bass drum a bit...
Forum: General Discussion 12-08-2018, 04:02 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 790
Posted By Morrisman
Re: Gigging Mishaps

I went to a country town gig without cymbals.
I went to a winery gig without a bass drum.
And a local gig without floor tom legs.
Forum: Drums 12-01-2018, 02:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 324
Posted By Morrisman
Re: Brady or Noonan?

A number of Australian builders have more or less taken over where Chris Brady left off. They all make their own shells from Aussie hardwoods. Jarrah is popular for staves because it was used for...
Forum: General Discussion 11-28-2018, 12:28 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 994
Posted By Morrisman
Re: Band names?

There was a band in my town called Jehovah’s Waitresses.
They did a show with another local band called Satan’s Cheerleaders.
Forum: General Discussion 11-27-2018, 06:21 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 994
Posted By Morrisman
Re: Band names?

The three stooges (four, etc.)
The Stickybeats
Whiskey Business
Show me the honey
Fake it easy
Fake it to the limit
The road less travelled
Reinventing the Real
The grapes of froth
The four...
Forum: Drums 11-26-2018, 01:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 292
Posted By Morrisman
Re: The SupraReflecta

Hi-Vis in case you’re marching along a highway at night...
Forum: General Discussion 11-24-2018, 07:44 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,878
Posted By Morrisman
Re: Covers that don't work with the original drum part...

I heard a band playing Justin Bieber’s ‘Love Yourself’ on Friday.
Since the original song has no drums at all, the version I heard with live drums worked well. I wouldn’t say the original part...
Forum: General Discussion 11-23-2018, 05:06 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,652
Posted By Morrisman
Re: Not having fun playing

Find some songs with beats you can play, put headphones on and play along. The recording sounds so much better than just practicing drums on their own, and keeps the momentum going.

There are also...
Forum: General Discussion 11-19-2018, 01:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,009
Posted By Morrisman
Re: Is this crazy?

I tweak my tom and floortom for most venues - one small pub in particular the toms sound dead, so I tune them up a bit until they ‘speak’. In other locations they sound better lower and deeper.
Forum: Drums 11-19-2018, 01:01 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 780
Posted By Morrisman
Re: Creative/minimalist kick drum muffling ideas?

I have a folded towel, maybe 8 layers thick, 6 inches wide, leaning more on the batter side.
It’s held in place by two pieces of elastic which stretch between the bottom lugs. Never moves during...
Forum: General Discussion 11-19-2018, 03:05 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,250
Posted By Morrisman
Forum: General Discussion 11-12-2018, 03:32 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 752
Posted By Morrisman
Re: Bass drum mic picking up Toms

My rack tom and floor tom both resonate for a bit every time I play the bass drum. Acoustically, in the room, with no mics or amplification. No-one usually notices during gigs.

The ringing comes...
Forum: General Discussion 11-11-2018, 10:45 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,078
Posted By Morrisman
Re: Songs With Variable Tempo

As an occasional orchestra and concert band conductor, my job in symphonic repertoire is to vary the tempo constantly to suit the phrasing and shape of the music. In slower works no two consecutive...
Forum: General Discussion 11-06-2018, 12:58 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,878
Posted By Morrisman
Re: Covers that don't work with the original drum part...

There are some 90’s songs where the original has two drummers, or a basic groove plus tom fills at the same time. Hard to decide what to play live.

e.g Let’s Stick Together, Real Wild Child, Boys...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-01-2018, 02:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 814
Posted By Morrisman
Re: Rules in Music

Just like 'poetic license', there are no hard and fast rules, but it pays to know the norms or traditional rules for your genre, so that when you choose to break those rules you're aware of what...
Forum: General Discussion 10-29-2018, 01:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 467
Posted By Morrisman
Re: Gig with a difference - mini report

Interesting venue. I like to imagine them pouring beer directly from one of those giant cans...

I deliberately tilt the name on the front head of one of my kits, I too did it in a hurry, but...
Forum: Drums 10-28-2018, 02:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 365
Posted By Morrisman
Finally sorted my catalina 14" floor tom

I bought a second hand Gretsch club jazz kit six months ago to keep as the house kit in a pub where I play regularly. I tweaked the heads and tuning until I was happy with the sound of all the drums...
Forum: Drum Technique 10-20-2018, 04:16 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,488
Posted By Morrisman
Re: Odd time signature songs for beginners

Sting - Straight to my heart. In 7/4.
Forum: General Discussion 10-16-2018, 05:30 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,064
Posted By Morrisman
Re: What is the most unintelligible instruction given to you by a music director?

Can you sound more modern.
(Rhythm section consisting of grand piano, bass, small drum kit.)
Forum: Drums 10-14-2018, 02:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 245
Posted By Morrisman
Re: Pearl sensitone bronze snare drum

I have an older ‘elite’ model, 5” deep. Love it. Very versatile, warm sounding, but projects very well.
Forum: Drums 10-14-2018, 02:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 403
Posted By Morrisman
Re: Progress on the vintage Yamahas

Nice kit, nice pictures.

I did all this a year ago when I got my ‘68 Pearl kit. Everything still worked and dismantled cleanly. I also oiled the inside of the dry shells, lightly sanded the...
Forum: General Discussion 10-09-2018, 08:09 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,445
Posted By Morrisman
Re: Putting band name on kick drum head, with multiple bands?

I just use three different kits for my three bands.

You could try Velcro dots near the edge holding a paper or film logo - probably a rectangle across the middle with a dot in each corner.
Forum: Drums 10-09-2018, 08:02 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 729
Posted By Morrisman
Re: Anybody like big bass drums?

The orchestral bass drum at my school is 36”. I’d hate to lug that around in my car. And each note takes five seconds to die away.

I’m definitely a fan of smaller bass drums - I own 2x18’s,...
Forum: General Discussion 10-09-2018, 07:57 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,493
Posted By Morrisman
Re: Just an observation

I read an article on this phenomenon just a few days ago. The reasearcher had a graph which peaked at age 13 or 14, showing that we continue to love and value the music we listened to at age 10 - 20....
Forum: Drums 10-08-2018, 01:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 457
Posted By Morrisman
Re: What snare di RHCP use

I read somewhere that he didn't use the (1st gen) signature drum for his recordings, that drum was designed later, for live use.
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