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Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 08:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 363
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Question for the Professionals

They send over the drum police and you get your knackers whacked. And since they also double as the mattress police you'd better not tear off those mattress tags because for that, you go to jail.
Forum: General Discussion 08-30-2014, 04:40 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 504
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Singers dragging the tempo

If you're rushing the singer then you're rushing the song. If the song has a certain tempo it likes to click at, then the singer should strive to hear it at that tempo.

Otherwise defer to the...
Forum: General Discussion 08-29-2014, 08:18 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 748
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Snare drum Olympics - help needed - opportunity!

I helped organize and deploy the 2012 Nashville Drum Show & Snare Drum Olympics. Didn't do any of the judging but man it was fun to tune up the 40 snares we had and play them individually!

This...
Forum: General Discussion 08-27-2014, 10:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 520
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Pacific Northwest drummers' thread

LMAO... Open space. What's that like? Because I'm used to my neighbor borrowing my toaster without so much as leaving his house!
Forum: General Discussion 08-27-2014, 07:52 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 520
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Pacific Northwest drummers' thread

I live in SoCal. And my eyes are rolling too. :D
Forum: General Discussion 08-27-2014, 07:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 520
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Pacific Northwest drummers' thread

There's a chance that I may be relocating up to Seattle... I'll keep you guys posted!
Forum: General Discussion 08-26-2014, 11:06 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 658
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Becoming a Professional Drummer

LOL, thanks gang!

And sorry for the obviously male-centric post. In this day and age there's many more female drummers (thank GOD) and when I'm in a creative flow in regards to drumming,...
Forum: General Discussion 08-26-2014, 05:40 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 658
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Becoming a Professional Drummer

So you wanna be in the music business huh.

Do this: Go down to the hardware store and purchase a good solid ball peen hammer and a tarp. Go home and spread it out in the backyard. Call 911 and...
Forum: General Discussion 08-23-2014, 12:54 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 737
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Is it just me?

I learned years ago from a hard-hitting drummer that K's were actually more durable due to the random hammering patterns in lieu of the consistent machine-perfect hammer patterns.

Being that most...
Forum: General Discussion 08-21-2014, 07:44 PM
Replies: 168
Views: 3,309
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: More Creative on a Smaller Kit

I always love it when someone would come up and say "man you make that tiny little kit sound like Neil Peart!" Always a good thing to hear. :D
Forum: General Discussion 08-21-2014, 06:58 PM
Replies: 168
Views: 3,309
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: More Creative on a Smaller Kit

I went from a 7pc kit to a 6pc to 5pc then to 4pc and stayed like that for 20 years. Now I'm back to 6pc (kick/snare/two up/two down) and lovin' it. The music I'm playing benefits from the extra...
Forum: General Discussion 08-21-2014, 06:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 334
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: posture

Easy fix- Imagine that there's a bolt in the center of your chest and attached to that bolt there's a bunch of balloons that are lifting you upward gently. That's how your posture should be.
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Forum: General Discussion 08-21-2014, 06:02 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,076
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Does anyone actually like big finales?

Check out my friend Pat MacDonald who plays with Charlie Daniels. :D He's all about the double bass stuff! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbn4dtS2Eqw
Forum: Drum Technique 08-19-2014, 07:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 514
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Playing Hihat through breaks

Here's the deal- time can also be thought of as "flow". If the band is not "flowing" then it's the drummer's role to contribute as much as they can to creating an environment that is conducive to...
Forum: General Discussion 08-18-2014, 10:58 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 907
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Tell me if this is a stupid idea

Believe it or not, your stick will shift around so much in your hand as you play that the other fingers are constantly doing little adjustments to pull it back as you go; they happen involuntarily...
Forum: General Discussion 08-18-2014, 10:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 483
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: I passed the audition!

"Call me the breeze" is a very deceptive beat; it's a "two beat" meaning it's just "Boom Chuck" all the way through but it's the sway and swing you gotta attach to it for it to bounce right.

If...
Forum: General Discussion 08-14-2014, 05:31 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,250
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Insulting a member on the bandstand

I've had this happen a couple of times in my career and both times I've packed up and left. I've got really thick skin but when someone goes way out of their way to be a dickhead, that's good enough...
Forum: General Discussion 08-14-2014, 02:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 527
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: West Coast Drum Shops

In San Diego we have Music Mart in Solana Beach; other than that there's GC... I think there's one in El Cajon but I'm not certain if he's still open.

One thing that I've noticed more of in this...
Forum: General Discussion 08-08-2014, 04:44 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,114
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: A Question To Those That Collect A Number Of Drum Kits

I have four kits. A 1961 Ludwig Morello kit (13" 16" 22" 5x14) a 2010 Taye Studio Birch (10" 12" 14" 22" 6x14) Stone Custom Maple Poplar (10" 12" 14" 16" 20") and Stone Custom Koa/Cherry (same sizes...
Forum: Drum Technique 08-05-2014, 08:09 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,008
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Very loose/flexible wrists - a must have?

Heavier sticks may build more muscles in your hands but they won't develop proper control. I always was taught "use what you use" and with that said, I use a Pro-Mark 2B hickory for everything,...
Forum: General Discussion 08-01-2014, 07:27 AM
Replies: 148
Views: 7,377
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Musical artists whose death saddened you.

I have to also say that the death of Larry Robinson (http://www.nodepression.com/profiles/blogs/the-death-of-larry-robinson-tragedy-in-temecula), the nicest guy you'd ever hope to meet greatly...
Forum: General Discussion 07-31-2014, 10:14 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 7,377
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Musical artists whose death saddened you.

Kevin Gilbert. Such a tragic loss. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5dk0tMQ5wA&list=PL5A61B7754F51A181
Forum: General Discussion 07-30-2014, 04:47 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,336
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?

Joe! Good to see you after how many years? :D

I always tell them "two up, two down". When they start whining about it I just say "do your job, hump..." HAHAHA
Forum: General Discussion 07-24-2014, 12:10 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,474
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Musicians Say streaming Music will Leave them Broke.

There's still great bands out there, Bo. Thing is, the major labels and those with the power to put them out there want a pound of flesh to do so and as a result, they tend to say "meh" and don't go...
Forum: General Discussion 07-24-2014, 12:07 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,474
Posted By BillRayDrums
Re: Musicians Say streaming Music will Leave them Broke.

The big money is in licensing now. Playing OPM will get you a $100 or so but that's nothing to live on.

But touring, when done correctly with routing planned in advance, merch to sell and...
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