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Forum: Drum Technique 07-01-2014, 02:46 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 706
Posted By brentcn
Re: Mind Blown - Performing musician meets All State teenager

Actually, you can diss her, just not for what you might think at first. True, she has technique, can read, and is being exposed to a wide variety of music. However, she hasn't learned to improvise,...
Forum: General Discussion 06-23-2014, 07:32 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,241
Posted By brentcn
Re: Learning a Song You Hate

Wait, you like 8 out of 9 songs that your band will play? Jackpot!



Then you should be thinking about what you can learn from the songs, not whether or not you like them, and be grateful that...
Forum: General Discussion 06-12-2014, 07:58 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,518
Posted By brentcn
Re: Discouragement for Chops I Don't Have

Beautifully put!

Ultimately, it comes down to maturity. Instead of figuring out what "type of drummer" to be, figure out why a certain drumming approach works in a particular musical style or...
Forum: General Discussion 05-22-2014, 05:50 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 995
Posted By brentcn
Re: Preparing for a covers band

They're not going to play all 450 on one gig, so get a set list from them, and ask that they stick to it, at least for this one gig. They need to help you help them.

Better to read charts, and...
Forum: Drum Technique 05-21-2014, 06:24 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,567
Posted By brentcn
Re: A question for Dave Weckl..

Totally. Yes. Great approach. Utilize until it's comfortable. Practice loud to quiet as well.

And if you're really clever, you can adjust the path of the sticks to sweep across the head as...
Forum: General Discussion 05-13-2014, 04:33 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 789
Posted By brentcn
Re: Will it affect your ability to work with other musicians if you're tone deaf?

Can you post a link?

Do you have any experience on a pitched instrument (guitar, piano, choir, horn)? If not, I don't think you're in any position to judge your own tone-deafness, which is most...
Forum: Drum Technique 05-09-2014, 06:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 859
Posted By brentcn
Re: Look at my technique

Agree with others, pretty much, but you're only swinging the sticks an inch or two off the pad. What does your technique look like when the stick starts at vertical (i.e. straight up and down), then...
Forum: Drum Technique 05-03-2014, 10:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 764
Posted By brentcn
Re: Getting the most out of the Chaffee books.

The instructions are pretty straightforward: pick a pattern for the right hand, then play through the Fat Back exercises, in order to develop your coordination against that pattern. If you're...
Forum: General Discussion 05-01-2014, 09:26 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,177
Posted By brentcn
Re: Can rhythm be taught?

It's funny, sometimes you'll notice that training the player also trains the ears. A student will swear on his/her life that what they're playing is 100% accurate, when it's obviously not. Some...
Forum: General Discussion 05-01-2014, 09:23 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,177
Posted By brentcn
Re: Can rhythm be taught?

The answer is probably more nuanced than a simple "some have it, some don't". You might be on to something by saying that it "just needs unlocking".

Relating tasks to motions and movements that...
Forum: General Discussion 05-01-2014, 07:57 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,177
Posted By brentcn
Re: Can rhythm be taught?

We need to be careful not to confuse correlation with causation. If an adult hasn't yet learned rhythm, he/she most likely won't. It's possible that such a thing is more easily learned at a young...
Forum: General Discussion 04-30-2014, 05:44 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 409
Posted By brentcn
Re: Is this a shuffle, shufflie or neither?

Yes, you can say this is a shuffle. Any time you emphasize the first and third partials of a triplet, you have a shuffle. Whether that rhythm is played by the right hand on the hi-hat or ride, the...
Forum: General Discussion 04-17-2014, 04:34 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,018
Posted By brentcn
Re: Keeping time when no one else is...

Which is the key. If your time wavers when you hear another player fall out of time, you are enabling that musician to continue to make the same mistake, by following his/her poor rhythm. ...
Forum: Drum Technique 04-10-2014, 07:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 471
Posted By brentcn
Re: Anyone Good With Time Signatures?

Touche! F***ing 16th notes...

Btw, TB, your Zappa transcriptions came in handy a few weeks ago!
Forum: Drum Technique 04-10-2014, 07:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 471
Posted By brentcn
Re: Anyone Good With Time Signatures?

7/8 + 7/8 + 5/8 + 7/8 + 7/8 + 5/8
Forum: Drum Technique 04-08-2014, 03:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 662
Posted By brentcn
Re: how to learn patterns that go over the bar line

Truly sorry to hear that.

Try this: write out 4 measures of 16th notes (on one surface -- snare, hi-hat, doesn't really matter), and quarter notes on the bass drum. With the hands, use a simple...
Forum: Drum Technique 04-07-2014, 07:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 662
Posted By brentcn
Re: how to learn patterns that go over the bar line

In order to play this type of thing effectively and evenly, you'll need to be aware of both the time signature of the pattern you are playing, as well as the time signature of the piece overall -- a...
Forum: Drum Technique 04-05-2014, 06:51 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 880
Posted By brentcn
Re: Need help with solos

A bit late to the party, but just want to add:

Developing vocabulary can be tricky, even for an advanced player. You can, and probably should, steal some licks, but they're just licks, so in the...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-28-2014, 04:10 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 940
Posted By brentcn
Re: Unable to use fills I've been practicing for hours in my band

*SIGH*

Yes.

No offense, Palo. Originally, you asked a question that gets to the heart of why playing drums is so difficult, and got lots a great, nuanced responses from intelligent drummers.
...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-27-2014, 04:36 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 940
Posted By brentcn
Re: Unable to use fills I've been practicing for hours in my band

No. Over time, you won't have the same trouble you're now having in new situations. Learning is cumulative, usually, so if you start practicing in the way that Dazz (and many others) recommend,...
Forum: General Discussion 03-21-2014, 03:56 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,061
Posted By brentcn
Re: OH technique - front to back?

Sweet playing!

But those overheads are bull$$$$. You can hear the crashes wander from right to left as it sustains, and the hi-hats are way out to both sides of the mix. The engineer (or the...
Forum: General Discussion 03-14-2014, 03:50 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 901
Posted By brentcn
Re: Want to go to Berklee for Music Ed degree - unrealistic?

Your heart's in the right place, but do you think you might also enjoy teaching kids to play the type of music that they are passionate about? Of course it's nice when students want to learn...
Forum: General Discussion 03-12-2014, 06:54 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,061
Posted By brentcn
Re: OH technique - front to back?

Were the mics angled? They could have been placed front to back, but if one diaphragm was aimed left and the other right, it could be fine. Ask to hear the overheads solo'd, and listen for the...
Forum: General Discussion 03-10-2014, 07:43 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 975
Posted By brentcn
Re: I feel so ashamed

You went home and learned the song? Get this guy a gig!
Forum: General Discussion 03-02-2014, 08:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 703
Posted By brentcn
Re: Where can I purchase Drum backing tracks for Japanese songs?

Huh! A video game about playing instruments driving the popularity of a song -- used to be that popular songs inspired video games (Rockband, Guitar Hero).

Still, all this effort to acquire what...
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