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Forum: General Discussion 04-03-2015, 05:18 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,071
Posted By davelan
Re: Tricks for faster set up

I can set up/take down very quickly and it's all about laziness (though I prefer 'efficiency') and having plenty of room in the car. I have a two-sided drum rack with a ton of memory locks and I...
Forum: General Discussion 06-23-2013, 02:27 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,853
Posted By davelan
Re: Isolation mount for snare?

Wouldn't a duplicate of the top mount on the bottom rim share the load, add to the sturdiness and offset any potential long-term damage?
Forum: General Discussion 06-23-2013, 02:13 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,979
Posted By davelan
Re: Sacrificing sound

The things I've learned from watching 'amateur' bands - which have subsequently informed my approach to playing live - are that, regardess of what you're playing:

a) you shouldn't look bored (this...
Forum: General Discussion 06-22-2013, 01:14 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,399
Posted By davelan
Re: When are you considered an advanced drummer?

Yeah; that word 'advanced' is a bit of a misnomer in the context of playing for the purposes of making music - you're either 'good' or 'bad' and there are a lot of shades of grey even between those...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-19-2013, 02:50 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 12,824
Posted By davelan
Re: music theory: a necessity for drummers

My feeling about music theory is that, while it's no substitute for creativity, it does provide a solid framework for problem solving, i.e. if something doesn't sound 'right', a grasp of the theory...
Forum: General Discussion 06-19-2013, 03:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,514
Posted By davelan
Re: Gig without a bassist!

Low-fi/two-piece bands are quite the thing at the moment. Depends what kind of music you play/what kind of sound you need but no bass player doesn't necessarily mean no band. The Doors/Cramps/Black...
Forum: General Discussion 06-16-2013, 05:41 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,958
Posted By davelan
Re: How do you manage to transport hardware without having it all in one super heavy bag?

Always hated carting hardware... I now use a Gibraltar rack in two parts with the booms and clamps locked down; undo it at the corner and go (and the entire rig is set up again - exactly how I want...
Forum: General Discussion 06-10-2013, 03:15 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,323
Posted By davelan
Re: First Gig Blues

Band was fairly competent but the first gig wasn't perfect by any means - a bit of an ordeal, if I'm honest (although, as you say, people seemed to like it) - but it wasn't for want of preparation....
Forum: General Discussion 06-10-2013, 01:41 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,323
Posted By davelan
Re: First Gig Blues

Sorry to chime in with a negative note but, in all honesty, I'd run a mile rather than get up on stage to be a part of something I had no confidence or pride in. Playing live CAN push you forward (a...
Forum: General Discussion 06-02-2013, 12:54 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,133
Posted By davelan
Re: 10 lesser known but oft heard drummers

I've always had a soft spot for Pete Thomas (Elvis Costello's drummer); never likely to attract (no pun intended) a lot of attention but I like a certain amount of economy and restraint in creativity.
Forum: General Discussion 05-30-2013, 02:47 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 8,545
Posted By davelan
Re: How often do you break/drop your sticks?

I used to drop sticks fairly regularly and the worst thing about it was always the disorienting effect it had. I don't think you can ever really prepare for something so out-of-the-blue but I decided...
Forum: General Discussion 05-30-2013, 02:16 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,266
Posted By davelan
Re: Making up musical/drumming words?

The portmanteau word 'tombination' is now adopted.
Forum: Drums 05-28-2013, 03:25 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,917
Posted By davelan
Re: New drummer: upgrade kit or cymbals first?

If you're looking to make an impact on the overall sound experience, cymbals and snare are the areas to invest in - it's easy, really: these are the bits of a drum kit that you hit for emphasis; toms...
Forum: Drums 05-28-2013, 03:12 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,061
Posted By davelan
Re: Ludwig Bronze

I have a Ludwig Bronze, acquired more by luck than judgment, but I'm not shopping for a snare drum anymore.
Forum: Drummers 05-28-2013, 03:07 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 9,975
Posted By davelan
Re: Favorite Drummer?

Moon's the man; I like an 'anything can happen and it might fall apart at any moment but it'll still resolve itself by the end of the bar' kind of drummer. Outstanding technique and precision is...
Forum: General Discussion 05-28-2013, 01:39 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,486
Posted By davelan
Re: Let's talk about scams.

When money is paid up-front, this argument falls flat: if funds supplied for a purpose aren't used for that purpose then what you have is a fraudulent transaction. This is the whole point of up-front...
Forum: General Discussion 05-28-2013, 01:29 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,486
Posted By davelan
Re: Let's talk about scams.

Is this a fact? It was always my understanding that this was just televised small claims court and that the purpose is simply to establish liability. I further understand that it doesn't necessarily...
Forum: General Discussion 05-25-2013, 12:41 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,767
Posted By davelan
Re: SERIOUSLY, though ...

Two words: hairy back.
Forum: General Discussion 05-25-2013, 12:34 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,486
Posted By davelan
Re: Let's talk about scams.

I'm in the UK so I can't speak with any certainty about US law but I reckon that if a guy can prove that he's made a payment to someone for a specific purpose (i.e. the purchase of a drum), then the...
Forum: General Discussion 05-25-2013, 12:06 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,601
Posted By davelan
Re: The best thing about drumming

Drumming in a band is collaborative and creative and the joy is in the product; good musicians produce good songs. If slavish, note-perfect renditions of other people's stuff is your thing, I guess...
Forum: General Discussion 05-24-2013, 11:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,799
Posted By davelan
Re: nice Charlie Watts video

I think the interesting thing about Charlie's tour around his cymbals is that his on-stage set-up includes a china that's starting to crack (and I assume this is shot pre-gig).
Forum: General Discussion 05-24-2013, 11:00 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,640
Posted By davelan
Re: Tricks for getting interesting sounds out of your drums

I never realised this was a 'proper' technique but I used it all the time on my cheaper kits to get a good sound; also works with sheets of paper/card (different thickness or layered sheets to...
Forum: General Discussion 04-24-2013, 12:16 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,792
Posted By davelan
Re: DISSERTATION HELP - reference needed on what makes a drummer a good drummer

Interesting. I wonder if there are similarities with the fact that people with stammers don't struggle to get their words out when they sing (which I imagine has something to do with the certainty of...
Forum: General Discussion 04-24-2013, 12:12 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,500
Posted By davelan
Re: What would you do if a band member accused you of stealing his stuff?

Actually, all things taken into account, you'd have to at least consider punching him in the face.
Forum: General Discussion 04-18-2013, 07:50 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,878
Posted By davelan
Re: How rare is it to find a band that has a practice space with a kit for you to use? Advice needed

If you can't be proud of what you're doing with a band - for whatever reason - then why would you do it in the first place?
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