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Forum: General Discussion Today, 06:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 385
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Recommend a metronome app?

I use Pro Metronome. When I have a gig that has many unfamiliar tunes I can program in a list of those tempii and just cue to the next one when I need it.
Forum: General Discussion Today, 02:13 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 981
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: For those who play at church or not.

I once bet a casino sound engineer his entire week's pay against mine (about $800 difference) that I could play quieter than 95db all night on an acoustic kit. After he saw he was gonna lose we...
Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 12:33 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 981
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: For those who play at church or not.

I gave up a church gig because they put triggers on the drums and wrapped it in a plexiglas shell. The triggers on acoustic drums were atrocious and I felt that the entire reason I played drums was...
Forum: General Discussion 02-25-2015, 08:19 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 981
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: For those who play at church or not.

I use Pro Mark 2B wood tip for everything I do. I'm not one to keep three different kinds of stick, I like one that can everything I need and the 2B defines my sound.
Forum: General Discussion 02-25-2015, 07:47 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 854
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: I'm back. Did you miss me?

Glad you're back, glad you didn't give your drums away. And congrats on beating the cancer!

...but if you have an old Ludwig Acrolite you can send it to 4876 Santa Monica Ave. #222 San Diego, CA...
Forum: General Discussion 02-25-2015, 07:44 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 981
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: For those who play at church or not.

First off, rods won't really bring down the sound that much because you're hitting the head with a slack device (the bundles of small dowels) and to get the tone you're after, end up striking...
Forum: General Discussion 02-25-2015, 07:16 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 981
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: For those who play at church or not.

One thing you gotta remember about churches, Christian ones anyway... is that for centuries they viewed drums as the devil's instrument. So anyone who opines in a literary fashion on said devil's...
Forum: General Discussion 02-23-2015, 09:36 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 993
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Whiplash Oscar win - will it spur sudden interest in "jazz drumming"?

I've actually picked up an assortment of folding chairs and have been hurling them at random passerby.
Forum: Drum Technique 02-20-2015, 12:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 392
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Tips on Ghost Notes.

Focus on your Full, Down, Tap & Up strokes. Mechanics is where it's at.
Forum: General Discussion 02-20-2015, 12:58 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 879
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Guy downstairs goes mental when practicing e-drums

"I'm nuts"... yep! You nailed it!
Forum: General Discussion 02-19-2015, 10:13 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 879
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Guy downstairs goes mental when practicing e-drums

Well that's no attitude to keep! "I feel that I've done enough so there's nothing more that I can do so suck it up".

I live at the beach in a high density zone so I understand full well the...
Forum: Drums 02-19-2015, 09:31 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,096
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Brand Loyalty

I tend to stay in one place for a while. My first drumkit endorsement was Darwin but they folded up so I went to Spaun and then shortly thereafter Taye, where I was an artist for 10 years but somehow...
Forum: General Discussion 02-19-2015, 08:51 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 879
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Guy downstairs goes mental when practicing e-drums

You're gonna need to install a pad for them to sit on; something with some sort of foam insulation and a piece of plywood over the top. It's the vibration from the impact and the pedals that are...
Forum: General Discussion 02-16-2015, 07:24 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,816
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: So how's this for bitter?

Yes, in a "real life" recording situation (not a hypothetical one such as on a forum) being flexible and willing to entertain the producer's whims ("Hey! Let's take the bottom heads off the kit and...
Forum: General Discussion 02-16-2015, 06:16 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,816
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: So how's this for bitter?

Because they were taught the cookie cutter way of doing things and won't ever break convention because of their own biases.
Forum: General Discussion 02-16-2015, 02:53 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,794
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Bands and tempo arguments

Excuse me Mr. (Ms?) Sloth, are you of the three-toed or five-toed variety?

Thanks.
Forum: General Discussion 02-16-2015, 02:39 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,794
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Bands and tempo arguments

AAAAND....

/thread.

This is what's up. :D
Forum: General Discussion 02-13-2015, 03:13 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,375
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Ever shown up to play with a new musician and realized it was a bad fit immediately?

Yep, you just do the gig, figure out if the person is always like that and what's your personal tolerance for what they're bringing and what reward you're getting from the whole endeavor and is it...
Forum: Drum Technique 02-12-2015, 11:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 412
Posted By BillRayDrums
Paradiddles around the drumkit

Here's a video I made for Paradiddles. I am going to redo the video content with that from better cameras but for now the message can still get out there, kinda speaks for itself.
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Forum: Drum Technique 02-11-2015, 03:37 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,393
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: The natural meter challenge!

Hey! I got your PM, just forgot to answer back! It's really cool watching the videos, even skipping around... and at the 4:50 or so mark everyone's just got this look of "there's the finish line!!"...
Forum: Drummers 02-10-2015, 09:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 232
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Mark Craney

Yeah! Just because he's dead doesn't mean he's "Dead"... What a great contributor to the art, put him back. Please.
Forum: General Discussion 02-10-2015, 07:41 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,241
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: How many times have you been asked...

Let the kid play, casually mention to the parents you have a "you break it you buy it" policy but don't get all verklempt.There's probably no way that kid will destroy your kit. And if he does then...
Forum: General Discussion 02-10-2015, 07:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,339
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: 12db Ear Protection?

I use some 12db reduction plugs and they're great for cutting down the offensiveness but keeping the tone.


When I'm teaching drum lessons they're great because they don't completely wipe out my...
Forum: Drum Technique 02-09-2015, 06:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 841
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: 10,000 hours of practice

You don't think about the destination, you focus on the journey. Some people "get it" in 500 hours, others will never get it even if they spent 1 million hours.

Whatever theorem or postulate that...
Forum: General Discussion 02-03-2015, 09:30 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,794
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Bands and tempo arguments

Here's something to think about: Fill a bowl with water and walk it across the room while looking dead at it and doing your best to not spill it.

Then fill the bowl back up and walk it across the...
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