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Forum: General Discussion 07-18-2018, 06:48 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 478
Posted By CommanderRoss
Re: How do you practice?

Gigging mainly as I play a lot with a few different bands. I love doing practice pad work as it keeps the hands fluid.
Forum: General Discussion 07-10-2018, 04:39 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 492
Posted By CommanderRoss
Re: Boxy Sounding Drums?

I’ve used the Evans Hydraulic heads for a long time and if they’re not tuned right, will sound “boxy”.
I’ve learned that any head or muffling system that gives a fat, wet sound will come off that...
Forum: General Discussion 06-25-2018, 07:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 551
Posted By CommanderRoss
Re: Play While Standing Up

I play standing up in my current rockabilly band. Not much need for a hi-hat in my music, but when I do, I have a pair of closed splashes mounted atop my ride. They give me a quieter option for...
Forum: General Discussion 06-25-2018, 07:51 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 901
Posted By CommanderRoss
Re: Stones backline

Looks like a DW snare at that. I'd like to believe he's played the same Gretsch set up his whole career. Just uses what's needed & nothing else.
A true professional.

Great video!
Forum: General Discussion 05-31-2018, 08:04 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,367
Posted By CommanderRoss
Re: Why would one need an Endorsement Deal?


Our bass player is endorsed by Gretsch & he tells me that his perks include getting his basses pretty much at cost, and he has the chance to get a new release before it's open to the...
Forum: General Discussion 05-31-2018, 05:38 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,545
Posted By CommanderRoss
Re: When is a good time to quit a band?

When the thrill is gone.
I've been in bands where we were doing good, then one day it just wasn't fun anymore.
I broke north with no delay.
Forum: General Discussion 05-31-2018, 05:32 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,580
Posted By CommanderRoss
Re: What's the worst drumming advice you've ever received?

"Don't listen to other drummers. It'll keep you from developing your own style."
I've found that my style developed from bits and pieces of all the drummers I've heard over the years. Everyone...
Forum: General Discussion 05-23-2018, 10:01 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,172
Posted By CommanderRoss
Re: Solo gigs

I remember a guy in Downtown Disney in California who did drum stuff to pre-recorded music. did pretty well for himself down there, but I haven't seen him in a while.
Forum: General Discussion 05-23-2018, 04:36 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,201
Posted By CommanderRoss
Re: How long have you been in your working band?

3 years with Dirty Dice/AJ's Rockabilly Ruckus. I've been a hired gun for a few bands in between which I like a lot.
Forum: General Discussion 05-22-2018, 10:03 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 4,554
Posted By CommanderRoss
Re: Nick Mason - Thoughts

When I got to see him play on Live in Pompeii, I finally could put what I heard with what he was doing. I've been a Floyd fan since the Syd days & have always loved his approach. He was one of my...
Forum: General Discussion 05-22-2018, 09:57 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,172
Posted By CommanderRoss
Re: Solo gigs

Unless I'm Neil or Terry...no.
Forum: General Discussion 05-21-2018, 09:49 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,527
Posted By CommanderRoss
Re: Does anyone actually do gigs with large bass drums any more?

I have a 16x14 "Foot tom" that I use on my acoustic gigs. Punchy, yet small enough to carry anywhere. A mic

For the full scale, full volume rockabilly gigs, I have my 22x20 "cannon kick" that...
Forum: General Discussion 05-21-2018, 07:09 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 17,032
Posted By CommanderRoss
Re: What's your favorite drum key? Serious!

The Evans one is primo for everyday use. I have the Ludwig crank style as well as the T-handle one from CruzTools. But those are only for when I'm doing assembly or tear down.
Forum: Drums 05-18-2018, 12:59 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,092
Posted By CommanderRoss
Re: 24x14 vs 22x16 - Can't Decide!

22's are great for all around gigs. I love the 24 for it's look and boom, but hate lugging it around.
I also found recording with it is problematic at best as sound engineers struggled with...
Forum: General Discussion 05-17-2018, 10:03 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 4,125
Posted By CommanderRoss
Re: No Talent Hack, But Loving It....

This for development.

Once you feel up to it, try and play with people as much as you can. Playing to CD's and whatnot are fine, but nothing beats interacting with others & bouncing musical...
Forum: General Discussion 05-17-2018, 08:56 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,319
Posted By CommanderRoss
Re: Nicko McBrains Drum shop

Considering the Maiden fan base here in the States, they'd buy it. =-D
Forum: General Discussion 05-17-2018, 05:30 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,799
Posted By CommanderRoss
Re: Drinking beer at a gig

I've known a few fellow band members who'll have one before the start of the show to settle the nerves. Most have been pretty good for the most part, but I've been to shows where it's clear that one...
Forum: General Discussion 05-17-2018, 04:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 737
Posted By CommanderRoss
Re: Working at a music store

In a word: DON'T!

Did it for GC or about 8 months before I wanted to punch various managers (and MANY "drum expert" customers) in the face.
Forum: General Discussion 05-14-2018, 03:51 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,194
Posted By CommanderRoss
Re: Less is more!

If you look in the "Show us your mini-kits" thread, you'll see a foot tom, popcorn snare & crash/ride set up I use for our acoustic rockabilly gigs. I'll use either brushes or bamboo...
Forum: General Discussion 05-11-2018, 04:32 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,521
Posted By CommanderRoss
Re: The hidden life of the drummer :(

As a stand up drummer doing rockabilly, I'm continually being stood in front of. My avatar pic is a rare shot...I assure you it's not like that normally. :-(
Forum: General Discussion 05-10-2018, 08:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,136
Posted By CommanderRoss
Re: Talk About Emptying The Bathtub With A Tablespoon

Exactly. I've watched WAY too many "Instructors" try & teach students (and the masses) some trick that is really simple. Yet they make it like you're disarming some nuclear device.
Forum: General Discussion 05-10-2018, 08:06 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 3,136
Posted By CommanderRoss
Re: Good musicianship.....

This is the best advise I've heard in a long time.

I play for "fun money" and the first part of that MUST be the most important. Once it's not, then I'm out.

My dad told me many years...
Forum: General Discussion 05-10-2018, 05:06 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,245
Posted By CommanderRoss
Re: Quick Drum Survey

Thanks for letting us participate. Seems I'm just an average Joe...and I'm good with that. :-)
Forum: Drummers 05-10-2018, 12:50 AM
Replies: 1,120
Views: 224,823
Posted By CommanderRoss
Re: Neil Peart

It comes apart in 2 halves (you can see Gump set it all up in the Anatomy of a drum Solo DVD).
As it's a plywood platform on a wooden frame (must be heavy as hell) with threaded stands, things...
Forum: Drums 05-09-2018, 10:45 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,028
Posted By CommanderRoss
Re: The Snare Wires General Info Thread

Sounds like a great way to practice. Like playing clean guitar over distorted. When you can't hide behind mud, it shows where you're really at.
I'm psyched to try them and see what the deal is.
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