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Forum: General Discussion 03-19-2015, 07:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 155
Posted By Hewitt2
Re: Montreal's Intensive Drumming Day

Great pic of Dom; it's a nice counterpoint to your more serious demeanour!

Good luck with the clinic; I unfortunately no longer live in Montreal. Too many cold winters!
Forum: General Discussion 03-13-2015, 07:00 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,428
Posted By Hewitt2
Re: Other songs that sound like other songs

You also have bands that based their entire look/sound/aesthetic on others. Is that not fair game too?

Some that quickly come to mind.

Oasis = Beatles
Jet = AC/DC
Bulletboys = DLR era Van...
Forum: Drummers 03-12-2015, 08:31 PM
Replies: 1,042
Views: 172,349
Posted By Hewitt2
Re: Neil Peart

So I guess very few of us would ever be able to provide a bold statement on politicians, professional athletes, corporate CEOs, etc. since all "can do it better" than us. That's a great way to...
Forum: Drummers 02-28-2015, 04:26 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 23,633
Posted By Hewitt2
Re: Billy Cobham

Anyone check out his live stream at Ronnie Scotts tonight?

Looks like an entirely new international band; I saw him not too long ago during his 'spectrum 40' shows with Gary Husband on keys and...
Forum: General Discussion 02-26-2015, 04:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 404
Posted By Hewitt2
Re: Mike Clark Interview, The Trap Set

Great interview.

So ironic that the Headhunter/Hancock days are not to him a style he feels much connection with. Yet, to me, that represents the pinnacle of his playing career.

Love his other...
Forum: Drum Technique 02-25-2015, 09:21 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,192
Posted By Hewitt2
Re: Jazz and Matched Grip

Saw him play a few weeks ago. An absolute monster; not enough love for him on this forum. Met him after the show and he's a really engaging and outgoing guy.

Sorry to derail the thread...
Forum: General Discussion 02-23-2015, 06:02 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,340
Posted By Hewitt2
Re: Whiplash Oscar win - will it spur sudden interest in "jazz drumming"?

Sadly, the millions of dogs that enter shelters in the US each year attests to the fact that many people don't think things through and neglect the many years of comittment responsible ownership...
Forum: General Discussion 02-21-2015, 02:43 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 481
Posted By Hewitt2
Re: drum fill friday

Yes - Opeth has been aging like a fine wine. As great as Lopez was, I especially like Martin Axenrot's playing the last few albums. Watershed was, well, a Watershed moment for Opeth and metal music...
Forum: General Discussion 02-21-2015, 01:08 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 481
Posted By Hewitt2
Re: drum fill friday

5/5 too - guessed the last one.
Forum: General Discussion 02-20-2015, 02:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 406
Posted By Hewitt2
Re: Practice!

Good suggestions.

Spend plenty of time on the 40 rudiments. Try to throw in different foot ostinatos to add to the challenge once you get the patterns down to keep your feet engaged.

Although...
Forum: Drum Technique 02-14-2015, 02:50 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 783
Posted By Hewitt2
Re: Writing with the weak hand?

Yeah but what if I focused on improving my reading or transcribing skills?

Or learned another instrument and broadened my understanding of music?

Or worked my lower back muscles to play...
Forum: Drummers 02-14-2015, 01:51 AM
Replies: 1,042
Views: 172,349
Posted By Hewitt2
Re: Neil Peart

But the breadth of Led Zeppelin's musical repertoire far exceeded that of Rush. True, Bonham never played in a country, blues, swing, etc. band, but part of what made him and Zep so great was that...
Forum: Drum Technique 02-13-2015, 09:41 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 783
Posted By Hewitt2
Re: Writing with the weak hand?

Fair enough. I agree 100% that unless the tried and true methods of diligent practice are used, no supplementary activities will make up for that. There are no shortcuts. Those who reasonably expound...
Forum: Drummers 02-13-2015, 09:32 PM
Replies: 1,042
Views: 172,349
Posted By Hewitt2
Re: Neil Peart

Yup, and even among those who have not been universally positive (myself included), many have made sure to acknowledge his various strengths.
Forum: General Discussion 02-13-2015, 04:32 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,906
Posted By Hewitt2
Re: Past a point, are teachers necesssary?

Yes, there are many teachers who cause more harm than good. Or assume that their background/learning patterns should automatically apply to those who study under them.

Having a teacher will not...
Forum: Drum Technique 02-13-2015, 03:53 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 783
Posted By Hewitt2
Re: Writing with the weak hand?

Not to be a contrarian, but I do recall Ray Luzier in his recent Modern Drummer interview recommending using your weak hand for tasks like brushing your teeth, opening doors, eating, etc. as a way to...
Forum: Drummers 02-13-2015, 02:06 AM
Replies: 1,042
Views: 172,349
Posted By Hewitt2
Re: Neil Peart

Ok. This looks like the "appeal to wealth" fallacy and the "sold xxx many records (the masses must be right)" argument...

Like the Simpsons said, "50 million smokers can't be wrong."

I suppose...
Forum: Drummers 02-11-2015, 06:21 PM
Replies: 1,042
Views: 172,349
Posted By Hewitt2
Re: Neil Peart

Believe it or not I am a big Rush and Neil Peart fan and have been a few of their concerts and been lucky to meet him. He was very gracious and down to earth.

My point was that he can't swing. For...
Forum: Drummers 02-11-2015, 12:09 AM
Replies: 1,042
Views: 172,349
Posted By Hewitt2
Re: Neil Peart

It's more of critiquing Peart because he can't swing, which is not unique to any one style and is in fact the hallmark of many a good drummer.
Forum: Drummers 02-10-2015, 04:56 PM
Replies: 1,042
Views: 172,349
Posted By Hewitt2
Re: Neil Peart

But part of the challenge is that many of Peart's parts are foundational to the songs themselves. Got to a concert and look into the crowd and you will see people air drumming note-to-note (or as...
Forum: Drummers 02-10-2015, 06:21 AM
Replies: 1,042
Views: 172,349
Posted By Hewitt2
Re: Neil Peart

Buddy couldn't (or didn't) play country, metal, raggae, or countless other styles either. Not sure what your point is? Are you saying he was less of a drummer because as a jazz musician he didn't...
Forum: Drums 02-01-2015, 05:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 264
Posted By Hewitt2
Help installing new snare wires on P-83

Not sure if its my inexperience installing new wires, the complexities of the P-83 throw-off, the generic snare wire that comes with the puresounds, or perhaps a combination of all of the above, but...
Forum: General Discussion 01-13-2015, 10:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 565
Posted By Hewitt2
Re: Playing for Teacher

OMG - thanks for posting as I have 100% the same problem. Hopefully others have helpful advice as I constantly make rookie mistakes for things that I "know" inside and out and have been tested before...
Forum: General Discussion 01-07-2015, 08:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 586
Posted By Hewitt2
Re: How do you play Jazz tom toms

there's the classic cross stick on 2 and double tom back beat on 4 (or the reverse of this sequence).

to many examples to list of this iconic beat but here a couple that come top of mind that...
Forum: General Discussion 01-05-2015, 02:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 652
Posted By Hewitt2
Re: So why two 16s?

while there are a few vids showing him actually using two floor toms, my understanding was that the second floor tom was really nothing more than a prop for him in most instances and served as a...
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