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Forum: General Discussion 07-26-2015, 04:06 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,144
Posted By bigd
Re: I'm a jaded music industry guy

Love or hate the kevlar sound doesn't matter. People enjoy going out to watch drum corps shows. Even a small show like is happening in the closest town to me this upcoming week will draw a crowd 10...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-18-2015, 01:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 527
Posted By bigd
Re: Drum Sticks for New Students

Go with a 5A or get a pair of vic firth SD 1 general Jr's. they are made for kids.

7A is a difficult stick to learn with.
Forum: Drum Technique 06-08-2015, 11:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,278
Posted By bigd
Re: please comment on my technique

If you can get a teacher. If you want good solid advice pay for it don't come to any website for it. You are getting some good advice here. Then you are getting some nonsense.. Beginners...
Forum: General Discussion 06-05-2015, 12:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 784
Posted By bigd
Re: Colleges for drum set players

I have to say, my son goes to one of those big ticket price schools listed above. He doesn't pay the price listed. No one he goes to school with does. It is worth it. The education he is...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-04-2015, 04:21 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 967
Posted By bigd
Re: All the things that go into drumming

Great musicians on all instruments have good time. If the other members of the group are depending on the drummer for time, they aren't evolved enough as musicians. If a band leader is critical of...
Forum: Drum Technique 05-29-2015, 12:28 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,378
Posted By bigd
Re: Why bother with books?

If you never want to play anywhere but the bar room then no you don't need books. Anything other then that I'd hit the books.
Forum: Drum Technique 05-15-2015, 12:58 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,764
Posted By bigd
Re: How to naturally play quieter?

This this this this listen to this guy he is right. He's just correct. Let physics and the motions of your body do their job correctly.
Forum: General Discussion 05-12-2015, 11:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,433
Posted By bigd
Re: The modern history of the drumset

If you're truly interested in learning about the history of any percussion instrument your time would be better spent over at the percussive arts society site. You'll learn a lot from people like...
Forum: Drum Technique 05-10-2015, 12:14 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,615
Posted By bigd
Re: Other than practice- quickest way to improve?

Talent talent talent needed 20 characters for an anwer
Forum: General Discussion 04-30-2015, 12:47 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,482
Posted By bigd
Re: Anyone else notice the cost of sticks getting ridiculous

timpanists yes in many instances. marimbists no. it's too hard to get and even sound when hand winding yarn.

mallets and sticks are very, very cheap compared to the prices other...
Forum: General Discussion 04-19-2015, 07:02 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,651
Posted By bigd
Re: On teaching

Mikel,

Bo is correct the boy is in college. He plays because that's what is in him. It's in every breath he takes. It's more then a love of playing. It's who he is. He is 1,000,000 times...
Forum: General Discussion 04-19-2015, 02:19 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,651
Posted By bigd
Re: On teaching

Bo,

I understand what you're saying. People want education in general to be "fun and exciting" I see that every day as a public school elementary teacher.

I also have a son in a major music...
Forum: General Discussion 04-17-2015, 02:20 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,327
Posted By bigd
Re: Can you read sheet music?

The Air Force didn't teach Gadd to read music. He's got a Bachelor's degree in percussion from a famous conservatory with the most historic percussion department in the history of percussion. He...
Forum: General Discussion 03-30-2015, 04:29 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,404
Posted By bigd
Re: Is Ringo a good drummer?

Ringo was good enough to make millions from drumming so I vote yes he is.
Forum: General Discussion 03-29-2015, 07:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 879
Posted By bigd
Re: What if you unwittingly stole someones gig?

They hired you not the other way around. I don't see a problem. It's up to the person running the group doing the hiring to explain to the guy why he doesn't fit anymore.
Forum: General Discussion 03-25-2015, 10:27 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,106
Posted By bigd
Re: Being offered a position you don't really want, but could be an experience?

I'll just add this. My son is in a music conservatory. One thing they are taught and preached at constantly, don't say NO when offered a playing opportunity. If you are able to do it, look at it...
Forum: General Discussion 03-21-2015, 04:54 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,193
Posted By bigd
Re: Is hard to make a living out of jazz? Are there any jobs out there?

Kamak, What are you talking about? You actually can make a full time living as an orchestral player. There aren't as many major symphonies as there once were but there are people playing full time...
Forum: General Discussion 03-20-2015, 02:57 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,193
Posted By bigd
Re: Is hard to make a living out of jazz? Are there any jobs out there?

The only place jazz seems to be alive is in college campus music schools. If you want to make money in jazz get good enough to teach jazz at a college.. That seems to be the only way to make a full...
Forum: General Discussion 03-15-2015, 11:25 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,335
Posted By bigd
Re: German grip, which German?

If you ever get a chance to look at the book "the history of Timpani" give it a look. There are drawings of how they carried timpani drums into war mounted on the side of horses.
Forum: General Discussion 03-15-2015, 10:45 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,335
Posted By bigd
Re: German grip, which German?

They are names of timpani grips. Any serious timpanist uses a combination of several grips depending on the sound that is required. Much like what most drumset players do.
Forum: General Discussion 03-07-2015, 01:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 347
Posted By bigd
Re: Military Band

The lower level bands they send you to a music school they run and help you out. The top level groups are all manned with music school graduates. Most with Doctorate degrees from major...
Forum: General Discussion 03-01-2015, 01:03 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,841
Posted By bigd
Re: Is live music dead?

DWI laws have had a huge impact on all types of bar scenes here. Not the smoking ban. The local cops set up directly accross from the bar that used to have live music every weekend in our little...
Forum: General Discussion 02-23-2015, 11:06 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,631
Posted By bigd
Re: My drum teacher failed me.

I think this really helps boil this topic down a lot. There are many different ideas of who qualifies as a qualified drum instructor. Many people would gladly pay for the services Mr. Johnston or a...
Forum: General Discussion 02-23-2015, 12:50 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,631
Posted By bigd
Re: My drum teacher failed me.

Boomstick, You did deserve better for your money. Technique is important. Without it you can't express what you want. Gadd, Weckl, Aranoff, Erskine, Viinnie all schooled players. Three of this...
Forum: Drum Technique 02-22-2015, 03:57 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,182
Posted By bigd
Re: What will it take for me to be able to do this?

Toddbishop, Chopbusters by Ron Fink GREAT BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not that many people know that one. I picked it up in the very late 80's. My son has also used it. Just a fun cool book.
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