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Forum: General Discussion 07-10-2015, 11:45 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 958
Posted By supermac
Re: Funkiest 3/4 ever..

Great track. Typical late-60s jazz-meets-rock drumming.

The shattering guitar part is by a certain brilliant young session player called...Jimmy Page
Forum: Drummers 07-08-2015, 12:31 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 7,985
Posted By supermac
Re: Mick Fleetwood

Yes, as a young drummer I used to totally disregard Mick for lack of chops, fills, complication etc.

But as we all learn, and grow older, feel, groove and being musical are the key.

Forum: General Discussion 06-30-2015, 01:19 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 662
Posted By supermac
Re: Who inspires you the most?

In the last few years, for me, Gavin Harrison and Benny Greb have been a revelation.
Forum: General Discussion 06-30-2015, 01:09 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,178
Posted By supermac
Re: Drumming in the pre digital age.

I value the fact that as a young player in the 80s I learned nearly all of what I knew by listening to records and figuring out the likes of John Bonham, Neil Peart and Billy Cobham by ear.

Forum: General Discussion 06-28-2015, 11:25 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 701
Posted By supermac
Re: Chris Squire, Yes Bassist found dead

Sad news. A fantastic bass player. Another one of the greats gone.
Forum: General Discussion 06-13-2015, 11:36 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,235
Posted By supermac
Bitter Ginger Baker slating Zeppelin and Bonham - again

Forum: General Discussion 06-12-2015, 11:40 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 751
Posted By supermac
Re: First gig in 2.5 years!

I took a 10 years out of gigging - having kids, jobs, stolen drums, relationships etc.

The moment my old band finally kicked off again on stage - in a local bar - it was like I'd never been away....
Forum: General Discussion 06-09-2015, 11:48 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,114
Posted By supermac
Re: What's Your Signature Fill?

Starting a fill with a flam, swiss triplets, or a short flurry of 16th note triplets.

I've done it for so long, it sometimes feels like a bad habit!
Forum: General Discussion 05-22-2015, 10:50 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,007
Posted By supermac
Re: Playing in a Bar - Length of Sets/Breaks/Hours

It's interesting reading that in the US you might do three/four 45-min sets.

Here in the UK, in bars and clubs, it's nearly always two x 45-min sets, with around a 20-30 min break.

Forum: General Discussion 05-07-2015, 08:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 493
Posted By supermac
Re: "YYZ" and "Fool in the Rain" isolated drum tracks

My two favourite drummers when I started playing - and still inspired by them today.

I've seen a few drummers attempt YYZ and they always miss the bass drum in the "chorus" where he underpins...
Forum: General Discussion 04-24-2015, 10:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 539
Posted By supermac
Re: Which Hudson DVD?

I'm a big fan of the Hudson DVDs and have bought nearly all of them over the last ten years.

As mentioned below, Methods and Mechanics I (Todd Suchermann) is brilliantly educational and...
Forum: General Discussion 04-24-2015, 10:29 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,458
Posted By supermac
Re: My personal list of rock and roll's top cowbell moments

Neil Peart's unique use of cowbells to play little tunes during his solo, 1970s-90s.

Ian Paice: You Fool No One

John Bonham: Houses of the Holy album track. Really embellishes the groove when...
Forum: Drum Technique 04-08-2015, 11:41 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 987
Posted By supermac
Re: Linear "Bonham" Triplets poll and discussion

Interesting subject.

I remember the satisfaction as a young drummer, in the days before YouTube and instructional DVDs, of finally working out from records what Bonham was doing.

Also in the...
Forum: General Discussion 04-07-2015, 12:50 AM
Replies: 875
Views: 51,953
Posted By supermac
Re: What's your latest purchase?

Just bought a Roland TD 30 as a practice kit as a treat for working very hard at my day job.

I started playing on pots, pans, cardboard boxes, and buckets as a kid.

So this is a bit of a step...
Forum: General Discussion 04-05-2015, 08:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 743
Posted By supermac
Wrist pain

I've played drums for many years and thankfully haven't had any real strain injuries.

However, my left wrist has become very sore over the past dew days so I've stopped playing.

I've just got a...
Forum: General Discussion 02-28-2015, 01:56 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 963
Posted By supermac
Re: 40th Anniversary of Physical Graffiti - How Cool Is This?

The re-mastered version sounds incredible 40 years on.

I've just bought it for the umpteenth time: vinyl, cassette, cd, box set, etc...

For us drummers, listen to the pre-digital, true...
Forum: Drum Technique 01-23-2015, 11:46 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,085
Posted By supermac

Like a few others, I write left-handed but drum right-handed after initially watching drummers on TV and copying them as a kid.

Sometimes I'll use my left hand to pay hi-hat - and use it a lot for...
Forum: Drum Technique 01-16-2015, 04:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 607
Posted By supermac
Re: Billy Cobham's Stratus fill stickings?

Yes, I've tried hertas with the playalong, but cannot fit them in anywhere near quick enough for the tempo of the track.

But interesting. I shall persevere. Thanks
Forum: Drum Technique 01-16-2015, 02:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 607
Posted By supermac
Billy Cobham's Stratus fill stickings?


Does anyone know the stickings of the fast fill flurries that Billy Cobham employs in the track Stratus?

Is it 32nd note singles - or is it his famous herta (but played very quickly?)
Forum: Drummers 07-05-2014, 11:05 PM
Replies: 778
Views: 153,462
Posted By supermac
Re: Todd Sucherman here!

Hi Todd,

I've been working on my own version (for what it's worth!) of your Thank You Mr Smith.

However, I have to go flat out on my bass drum pedals to get the required speed, making it sound...
Forum: General Discussion 12-05-2013, 04:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,181
Posted By supermac
Anyone else play The Drum Also Waltzes?

I first came across Neil Peart's version, then dug around and found it had been done by people like Steve Smith, Bill Brufford, and originally of course by Max Roach.

I've just started practising...
Forum: General Discussion 03-28-2013, 08:49 PM
Replies: 280
Views: 35,652
Posted By supermac
Re: Drummers who have influenced you

When I started as a kid:

(Mainly mid-70s UK glam rock beats, usually tom-based shuffle grooves)
The Glitter Band
Suzi Quatro!
Forum: General Discussion 03-22-2013, 05:20 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,327
Posted By supermac
Re: "Rosana shuffle" how long did it take?

For me, it's a work in progress.

Once I worked the mechanics out, I tried to get the best possible 'feel'.

Every time I practice, I'll try the Rosana shuffle, along with the Bonham 'Fool In The...
Forum: General Discussion 03-13-2013, 07:02 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,075
Posted By supermac
Re: complicated blues songs.

Some of Jeff Beck's albums over the years have blues-based material that is more technically challenging.

Albums like There And Back and Blow By Blow have songs in odd times.

Also listen to...
Forum: General Discussion 01-22-2013, 03:43 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,034
Posted By supermac
Re: What is your favorite fill based on a rudiment?

A nice Bonham/Gadd-type sextuplet fill based on a ratamacue is:


That's the bass drum, followed by three notes on the toms, and two lefts on the snare.

There are...
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